My Dog, Gidget

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I’ll be honest. I’ve put off writing this post for some time, because today would have been her 18th birthday. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to write it. Instead, I knew penning this story would bring up many emotions that I wasn’t sure I was ready to confront.

Over the years, I have written several posts about my miniature poodle, Gidget. From my references to her in other posts, one could easily tell how much Gidget was a part of my family. Sadly, on Friday, October 13th, 2017, Gidget passed away in my arms at the age of 17. Just writing that sentence makes my heart break and brings tears to my eyes. Losing a pet is tough. The house is quieter with a sudden emptiness in all the rooms, and days no longer consist of vet trips, feedings, and asking, “Where’s Gidget?” However, during these past ten months, I have learned what it means to love and be loved by an older pet. The lessons are ones that people, no matter what their life consists of, can relate to and use.

  • Enjoy the present and don’t worry about the future. Gidget started getting sick late spring of last year. My family began to grieve and dread what life would be like without her. Yet, Gidget was still with us, not in pain, and could have a couple of months to a couple of years left. From this, Gidget taught us to enjoy the present and not worry about the future. Changing my mindset and starting to live in the present with Gidget made all the difference. Reflecting on her younger years and funny memories became easier because we were still making special moments. The future comes far too quickly, and the best thing anyone can do is to live in the present.
  • Be thankful for the times you spent together.My opinion might be a little biased, but Gidget had the world’s biggest personality. She was sweet, friendly, sneaky, a ham, and a major cuddle-bug. She always knew how to put a smile on a person’s face and how to get all the attention. (Ever had a dog who would take a small piece of food and “attack” it in front of everyone just to get all the claps and praise? Yes, that was Gidget.) Looking back at all of these times, I am always brought to laughter. A piece of advice: whenever you are feeling sad and missing a loved one, reflect on the good times you spent together. This is just one of the many ways you will feel closer to them.
  • You’ll never regret spending time caring for a loved one. Everyone has their own way of taking care of loved ones and should do what works for them. In my family, we treated Gidget like an elderly human family member. When she got really sick and even before that, our lives rotated around her and her needs. Life was busy during this time, with vet trips three times a week for fluids and assisting Gidget with her feeding four times a day. However, if we were given the chance, every single member of my family would do that all over again, because, in return, Gidget gave us love. As I mentioned above, she was a huge cuddle-bug. It was our nightly ritual for me to hold her on my chest as we drifted off to sleep. Towards the end, Gidget never wanted to be put down at night, and I don’t look back at the loss of sleep and everything we did for her with regret. This is the same with other family members and friends. Go the extra step for them when they are sick.
  • Love never truly leaves you.Whether it be a human or a pet, loved ones will always stay in your heart, no matter what. There are little reminders of Gidget throughout the house, just like there are reminders of my grandfather, who has passed away. In her later years, Gidget taught me that she will always be a part of this family and will keep loving us, even after she’s gone.

Loving an older pet is something very special. You and your animal grow closer on a different level, and they become more dependent on you. In return, your pet gives you extra love and many memories, just like Gidget gave my family and me.

xoxo,

Megan

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Five More Minutes

Gidget and Me

I can’t tell you how many titles I wrote for this post and deleted. Grief. Losing a Pet. Heartbreak and many more. However, I landed on the title “Five More Minutes” after pulling up YouTube and seeing country singer Scotty McCreery’s song, “Five More Minutes.” I knew immediately that would be my title.

In a previous post, I mentioned my dog, Gidget, passing away on Friday, October 13th. Well, today, my mom and I went back to the vet for the first time since her passing. For about the last year or so, Gidget had kidney issues and needed fluids every so often.  Our vet became our second home and family. I had been dreading going back, because I knew she wouldn’t be going with me. Last night, I dreamt about going and crying the whole time I was there.

My family got our miniature, apricot fur, poodle when I was in the second grade, over 17 years ago. Gidget was a puppy and we grew up together. We became as close as any human and dog could be. She was my everything and best friend. As I sit here writing, tears are streaming down my face.

During that October week, we had no clue it would be her last. On Wednesday, we took her to the vet for fluids and she took a turn for the worse. Between Wednesday and Friday, we were at the vet about four to five times and it was all worth it. I remember the vet telling me on Wednesday that if Gidget didn’t improve, it would be only a few days. Little did I know that would be true. Instead, I thought “come Monday, we’ll say we made it through the few day mark.”

It was shortly before midnight on Friday. I was the only one in the den with Gidget. She was in my arms, her favorite nighttime spot. After some jerking, she let out one more breath and passed away…in my arms. Just two hours before I would have never guessed this is how the day would end.

Gidget was the sweetest, best dog there ever was. Yes, I know I’m bias, but she truly was. She had a personality that was full of life. She was sneaky, funny, and knew what she had to do to get her way. All Gidget had to do was look or do something cute and our hearts would melt. You couldn’t say no to her puppy eyes and beautiful face. Caring for her in the last few months of her life, paying the vet bills, and overcoming every struggle and challenge was all worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat, without even a second thought.

Going to the vet today was just another reminder that she isn’t here anymore. As I pulled out of the parking lot, I wanted to “hit that pause button and give myself five more minutes.” What I wouldn’t have done to do the same thing that Friday night.

As hard as it is to know Gidget is no longer physically here with me, I know she is still and will forever be in my life. I will one day see her again and then, I’ll be able to give us five more minutes.

xoxo,

Megan

Lessons from My Furry Friend

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Pets are more than animals living in our homes; they are family members. We provide for them, spend time with them and love them like the rest of our family.

My family got our dog when I was in the second grade. Seventeen years later, our little miniature poodle with apricot colored fur named Gidget is still an important, lovable part of our lives. Looking back at the past years, Gidget has taught my family and me lifelong lessons, such as the ones below.

  1. Forgive easily — Sometimes forgiving others is easier said than done. However, when you can forgive easily, life will be better. Dogs are quick to forgive their owners for their imperfections and will always provide doggie kisses and an “it’s ok, I still love you” look.
  2. Enjoy the day — There is nothing better than spending the day eating, playing and sleeping. Well, that’s at least how Gidget spends it. So, why shouldn’t we model our days after our pets? Pets live in the moment and make the most of their time. As human beings, our goal should be the same. Make every day worth it, and have fun along the way.
  3. Be loyal and dependable — Since the very beginning, Gidget has always been by my side. She is a loyal and dependable furry friend to everyone. We can always count on her to give love, jump for her food and provide us with goofy moments. Being loyal and dependable is an important trait to have. Everyone needs someone they can count on and know they will be there for them, through thick and thin.
  4. Believe in yourself — Animals don’t care what others think and will do as they please. They are confident in what they do, whether it’s eating or playing with a toy. We should follow our pets’ actions by believing in ourselves and having confidence in our abilities.
  5. Always drink plenty of water — Okay, Gidget might not have many choices when it comes to beverages. However, water is always her to-go choice and should be ours, as well. We all know the proven health benefits of drinking plenty of H2O, so why aren’t we following them? To determine how much you should drink, go with the common 8×8 rule – eight, eight-ounce glasses daily.
  6. Follow your instincts — Every pet owner has probably seen their animals on an intense hunt for food. Trust me, when Gidget smells food, nothing stands in her way to find it. She also follows her instincts when it comes to sniffing out a new stranger in the house, looking for her family members or just finding that perfect napping spot on the sofa. Follow your gut instinct, whether it is about a person or situation. What thought pops into your head first is usually right — don’t second guess yourself.
  7. Always be happy to see your loved ones — From the beginning, Gidget has greeted us with a wagging tail and jumps of joy as we come through the front door. The excitement she has for seeing loved ones, whether they have been gone five minutes or five weeks, should be the excitement humans have; maybe not with the tail wagging but with lots of smiles and hugs.
  8. Love unconditionally — This life advice is my favorite. One of our family nicknames for Gidget is “our little bundle of love” because of all the love and kisses she gives us. Whether it is sitting next to us on the sofa, lying in her bed while we are in the kitchen or cheering us up when things go wrong, Gidget is always there. Loving others unconditionally is easy to do. It doesn’t require large gestures but simply small acts of kindness. Just being there for someone and supporting him or her can mean a difference. Love each other unconditionally, just like Gidget does.

xoxo,

Megan

Article originally written from Forsyth Woman Magazine. 

 

My Favorite Things

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Recently, I came to the realization that I just jumped right into blogging and didn’t really “introduce” myself. Well, to fix that problem, I decided to give you a pick into my life.

So, these are a few of my favorite things…

1: My favorite place in the world is anywhere on the coast.

2: I love baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves! How many days until Opening Day? (About 32, in case you’re wondering 🙂 )

3: Every summer, I watch two mini-series: North and South and whatever seems interesting to me at that time.

4: Horses, dogs, and pigs are my favorite animals.

5: Traveling, traveling, traveling! I can’t get enough of it! (You’ll see why in a future post)

6: Sweet tea is my downfall. I could drink it every day and with every meal.

7: I read a Nicholas Sparks’ book every summer, along with a classic, such as The Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird. (Apparently, summers are “busy relaxation” times for me.)

8: Pearls and monograms go with anything!

9: My goal in life is to visit all 50 states. (Route 66 roadtrip, anyone?)

10: My all-time favorite quote is: “She believed she could, so she did.” -Anonymous

xoxo,

Megan

And They Call it Puppy Love

As an avid dog and horse lover, the 2015 Super Bowl Budweiser “Lost Dog” commercial has me tearing up on every end.

After seeing the commercial all over social media, I decided to finally watch the sweet love story between horse and pup last night. Trust me, you need to see it 🙂

xoxo,

Megan

This I Dream

We all have dreams. Some of us dream about making a million dollars, some of us dream about becoming president, and some dream of curing a disease.

While at Target yesterday, I saw a man sitting on a bench, outside the store. Also, sitting on the bench was everything he owned. After visiting another store, I saw the man carrying all of his possessions in his arms, walking alongside the road. Walking to where? That I don’t know. I kept thinking of ways to help him, but I knew I could do little.

I share this story, because, if you ask me about my dreams, the list would go on and on. However, I do dream that:

1: Every human and animal have a place to call home.

2: Every human and animal have enough to eat for three meals a day.

3: Every human will have clothes to wear on sunny, cold, or stormy days.

4: Every human will be considered equal and not judged based on their race or gender.

5: There will be peace throughout the world.

This I dream.

xoxo,

Megan