My Beloved Candy
In loving memory of our Candy who we love so much. Candy will be greatly missed and be in our hearts forever.
Candy came to me on a regular summer day when I was only twelve. My Dad walked into our house with the most pathetic little animal I think I'd ever seen. When I asked whose dog that was, he put her on the ground and simply said she was mine. She ran across the room straight to me, past other people, past our other dog, past everything, without stopping to sniff or explore her surroundings. That was the day I learned what true love and companionship really meant. She taught me so much in the 18 years she was with me. How to love, forgive, what responsibility meant. So many lessons from such a tiny 10 lb dog. In all the time she was with me on earth, we spent only 41 nights away from each other. I couldn't leave my little baby. She was my little 4 legged person; she counted on me to take care of her. She needed me just as I needed her. Saying she was the light of my life, my reason for being, is not saying enough. She gave me everything, she taught me everything, she made me into the person I am. She was, and still is, an extension of my heart and soul. I will always be thankful that my parents made the decision to bring that little dog home to me.
When she was diagnosed with kidney failure, we took every measure possible to keep her comfortable for the time she had left, until there was nothing left to do except to let her go on April 7, 1997. Though both my mother and daddy were there with me, ultimately that had to be my choice and I wonder still if I made the right decision. Did she understand? She was such a trooper, refusing to leave me, was I right to allow the doctors to help her to go? Her vet had told me that any other animal would have been gone long before, but he believed that she would not let go, simply because she didn't want to leave her Mommy. Somehow God must have known I needed to be with her; at the same time she was disgnosed, I had my appendix out. To this day, I thank God for giving me those weeks with her.
I believe completey that without her, I would have been lost in the world. She gave me the reason to be me. My sweet Candy taught me so much about life, love, honesty, trust, and loyalty. All there is inside me that is good, is solely because of her.. She's been away from me for 11 years now, and no day goes by that I don't miss her. I know she is at the Rainbow Bridge, and I know she's having a grand time until it's time for me to go to her. I will love her forever. I would not be who I am if not for my sweet Candy.
I love her with all my heart, and I miss her everyday.