Pantera, Missy & Cricket. I've been doing some reflecting since Missy our 14 1/2 year old pug, died one month ago. For 1 1/2 years we had three dogs. Each played their role. Pantera, my first guide dog, was the wise elder who graciously welcomed Cricket, second guide dog. I have been telling Cricket how much I love her and recognizing that coming into a home as second guide dog wasn't so easy. They both handled their 'roles' so well. They had a little over a year together before Pantera died. I saw Cricket's confidence as a guide increase during this time and always felt that Pantera was cheering her on. Missy was the spunky dog that was here first. She let all know that she really was the queen. She was the family childhood pet and having her go has me feeling some pangs of the kids growing up phase again. Missy was such a sweet connection for our family. This holiday season will be an opportunity for a new family picture with dogs: Cricket and Dahlia, Natalie and Adam's sweet black pug. Pulling out this picture brings a smile -- of the boys meeting us at the photo shoot with Missy and Pantera while Natalie, Cricket and I were coming from pedicures and shopping. What a beautiful day with special people and dogs that I love.
It was Pantera's birthday on October 30th. We were having a joyful walk when I realized the date. I remarked to Steve, oh its Pantera's birthday. I then said, I am doing just what Pantera would want me to do ... leading a happy, active life. She cheered me on in doing that. I love and appreciate these two beautiful guide dogs and special family pet in my life and the people surrounding them.