A punch art card I made for Isabel’s 10th birthday. Here are the details.
My dear little pug, Isabel, Stamping Zone companion and loyal friend for the last 14 years passed away last week. We had been nursing many doggie maladies for the past couple years (blind, deaf, diabetes, arthritis) but she still loved her belly rubs and daily walks. I carried her up to my Stamping Zone each day (often 4-5 times a day) until the last few months since I feared she might bump into the baby gate I set at the top of the stairs and take a tumble.
Last Tuesday she became very ill and her health was rapidly deteriorating. She refused her belly rub for the first time in 14 years. I’m convinced she was telling me she it was time. I gave her a warm bath, wrapped her in fluffy towels and took her outside to enjoy the Arizona sunshine for one last time. Isabel died in my arms several hours later in peace and dignity.
I made this short video from some footage (1999) of Isabel as a 4 month old puppy and my daughter, Caroline (age 5 at the time and now in college). These two truly “grew up” together. Even seeing Caroline in the video as we watched this weekend makes me realize how much time has passed. Honestly, I have probably watched it (and much more Isabel footage) 30+ times this past week. However, the tears are now evolving slowly into smiles and I feel we can start focusing more on happy memories than loss.
Thanks for letting me share this with you. I get many emails about seeing Isabel in my Ultimate Stamping Zone video and felt you would want to know. I encourage you to give your pets an extra long pat on the head or a few more minutes on a walk today in celebration of the immense happiness pets bring to our lives.