We celebrated this morning by taking a hike on the trails behind Wilson park. I cannot believe he is 4 years old today. Time does fly. (Daddy got him the giant Spider man balloon at the grocery store 🙂
We decided to spread Flash’s remains on his beloved “race track” in our back yard… that was the place he was happiest. I also wanted to share this painting of Flash that Molly did ca. 1999. He was such a handsome fellow.
We have his picture up next to the door to the back yard with this poem beneath it. The words are so true and are helping us accept that he is only with us in spirit now.
Please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.
I remember the first time he learned to swim. We were at a friend’s lake, and Flash jumped right in not really knowing what to do but persistent about figuring it out.
He over learned the shake command and would give shakes at random if he thought he would get a biscuit for it.
His trip to Duke Forest with our pal Molly. He walked us to the water so that he could take a dip and fetch sticks.
His retrieving skills will not ever be outdone. Even after surgery, he would demand that you throw the ball for him.
His dirty nose that meant he had buried his balls in the back yard to protect them from Bear and George.
His love of furniture. He preferred the couch for lounging, but would accept his blue chair or our bed as a substitute.
He was 100% love and gave so much to our family. He will always have a special place in our hearts.