i don't want to turn this into a tearfest- believe me i've shed enough for everyone- but i do want to express my gratitude for the joy mona brought into my life. when i recount the story of our first meeting, it sounds like i did her a favor by rescuing a timid and terrified little dog from the pound, but in truth, it was she who rescued me, and together, we went on a transformative journey resulting in each of us becoming happy, confident, and content beings. for that, as well for 10 years of love, laughter, and constant companionship, i am eternally grateful. it's a cliché to say she made me a better person, but she did. it's also a cliché to say she was my best friend, but she was. she was the best little girl in the whole wide world, the light of my life, and she will live in my heart forever.
mona on 5/16/10, smiling as always...
i want to thank all of you for allowing me to share some of the endless joy, boundless enthusiasm, (and shameless mugging for the camera) that this pretty little lady brought to my world, and also ask you to please not be sad for either of us- i hope everyone experiences as much love and happiness in their lives as we shared, even if only for a decade's blink of an eye. it was a good run, and truly, it was the best years of our lives.
last, in mona's memory, if anyone has the room in their hearts and lives, i hope you'll consider adopting a stray dog or cat- no guarantees, but mona and i are proof it can be a life changing (and life saving) experience, and when i'm ready, you can be sure it will be a path i'll happily travel again. at the very least, go hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love and appreciate them- because everyone can use a little more love and affection. i know that for a fact, as i've been blessed with an overabundance of both for the last ten years.