Love Carries On

Another dog, that’s what I needed back then when our
Black lab, Lucky Girl, on that gray November day
Crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Then Mom,
Doris to those who knew her well, gracefully entered her
Eternal home a few months later. I honestly
Felt empty inside – all enthusiasm drained,
Grasping for unreachable acceptance through the tears.
Handling the loss of our sweet furry family member
Involved revisiting those memories of the love she gave
Joyfully to her four adopted humans.
Keeping emotions intact, yet missing Mom – her voice,
Laughter, funny off-key singing, and mouth-watering cooking
Made greeting each sunrise challenging.
Naturally with active emotions, our family felt
Overwhelmed. Dad was devastated, losing his Gal of sixty-seven
Precious years that began in days of World War II. Mom was the
Queen. Another memory was her unequivocal love for dogs.
Riley was one of many canines she and Dad loved over the years.
So, amid these painful losses came Copper, our lab. The
Time was right, and I felt Mom’s otherworldly approval because
Underneath Copper’s quirkiness lies his loyalty, cuddliness, and
Vigilance in holding the guard dog role. He’ll be at our feet
When we call him, shake a paw when he sees our hand.
Xenial describes our friendly lab when anyone visits. Even at the not so
Youthful age of ten, Copper carries an abundance of
Zest for bounding through life, for loving his humans – reminding us that love carries on.

Lucky Girl
Precious, sleepy Lucky Girl
Mom & me
Mom & Dad February 24, 1945
Copper Boy
Regal Copper Boy

Lauren Scott ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

38 thoughts on “Love Carries On

    1. Thanks so much, Alison. My parents were wonderful, though they had their quirks. 🙂 But they are missed tremendously. It’s a strange thing, losing both parents, and really adds perspective on mortality and life. And you’re right, loss is loss and difficult regardless. Those memories sustain us though, don’t they? Hugs xo

  1. Obviously you had a happy family experience as I did. While our parents may physically pass on from our presence they remain firmly in our minds and those memories are precious.

    1. Yes I did, Ian, and I’m grateful and I don’t take it for granted. My parents passed away in 2012 and 2017, and even though we miss them every day, the memories sustain us and keep us going when loss knocks us down at the time. Thanks for your kind words.

  2. Jane Sturgeon

    Loving connections, your words and photos, Lauren. Your Mum and Dad look so happy, as do your doggies. Lucky and your Mum beaming down from spirit and Copper flowing love here, just as you all do. ❤ Love ❤ Xxxxxxxx

    1. Aww, what a beautiful comment, Jane, thank you! I wish my mom could’ve met Copper, but I know she’s been smiling down on us ever since he came into our home. I’m glad Dad was able to meet him though and he loved the big boy. 🙂 I have some great photos of the two of them also. Sending love and hugs, dear friend. 💗💗💗

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  4. Sweet, Lauren. There is always room in our lives for more love. The well never runs dry. A beautiful A-Z poem filled with memories of your love for your mom and your furry companions. Wonderful photos too.

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