Elegy for Matthew
One of the very hardest things we do in rescue is say goodbye. One of Big Fluffy Dog Rescue’s very own had to do that today for the second time in as many weeks for a beloved pet and our hearts break for her and her family. Matthew came to Donna as a rescue last year that never left. He was already quite elderly on arrival, but there was something about him that was so wonderful it could not be explained. All dogs are special, but some dogs are just magic and Matthew was definitely magic. This sweet, soulful boy loved Donna with everything he had and it is very apparent the feeling was mutual.
Last night, Matthew could not get up and his poor legs just would not work anymore, even though he willed them to move. Donna had known from the outset that the grains of sand left in the hourglass were few for Matthew, even on the very day she brought him home. Matthew’s love for Donna and his family shone that much brighter to make up for the brevity of time he had with her. For all of us, the time we have with any dog we love is a gift. However, we do not get to keep those we love forever no matter how much we wish we could and for all of us, there will be a day when we have to return the gift and let someone we love go.
Matthew left this world this morning as the beloved family member of the Brennan household. His sweet wrinkly face will not grace us again in this world, but we’ll see you on the other side, Matthew. You were loved and you took excellent care of your family. Rest easy.