Sully Plantation, built in 1794 was the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first congressman, and was the place I chose to meet Doris and Patti this morning. I have to start by telling you that Doris's body is 87, and is showing the effects of her recent hip replacement and small heart attack--However her mind is perfect and sharp as a tack. Doris told me that she reads a book a week and does a crossword puzzle everyday. Wow...
I've heard people say that dogs don't remember people and places. I've never believed that, and today reminded me of why I don't. Sam recognized Doris right away and responded to her. While she spoke, he had his head up and his eyes fixed on her, he did the same thing with Doris's daughter Patti. When I saw Sam's face, there was a look that seemed to say "is it really you, are you really here?" There were some very touching moments between the two that I wish I could have caught with the camera, but some moments happen so quickly that you just can't. As Doris sat, she retold stories of her life with Sam; the holidays, the adventures, the walks and their life together. The love and devotion she has for Sam is so evident when she speaks.
We spent about 40 minutes together and it was time for us to leave. Doris cried some more, expressed her love for Sam, and kissed him good-bye. I drove him to the vet and sat with this old soul as he quietly left this life for the next...A sad moment. Afterwards when I kissed Sam good-bye and my head was next to his, the thought came into my mind that I was only Sam's caretaker for this last part of his life's journey; at the Rainbow Bridge he'll wait for Doris.
Even though we hardly knew Sam we have no regrets whatsoever in his coming to stay with us. It was a privilege to have him as part of our household.
We have a candle lit for Sam to help him find his way...God-Speed sweet-Sam. We will never forget you.
~Doris and her daughter Patti~
Thank-you all for your friendship and kind and caring thoughts today! When I returned home, your words provided me with so much comfort. I know it was those thoughts and prayers that gave me the strength to get through a difficult day and have the peace that I had hoped for.
I look forward to catching up with you and your blogs on Sunday.