today will be the day we turn the last pages of the book on how we, mother and daughters, had, for quite some time, become the two-legged home minorities since the dog-families became part of our extended family with the cats.
in the days and years to follow, it will be quiet.
being the only survivor that had outlived her brood that first came into our lives more than 15 years ago, Bear has become "the one:" our mother's baby, our company and center of energies.
in a few more moments, she, like the spirit she and her brood had been to us, too, will simply become energy.
by this time, it's all reactive.
"not with a bang but with a whimper," as if the whimper is that of the puppy dog she once was and has come to be.
despite knowing one day this will come but more so because there's nothing we can do to ease the pain of separation from body and earth, we are helpless. that pains us, too. going the "natural" way is not without suffering.
i couldn't find chinx, here with you and mama below, soon enough to see you go – he'd be the only cat you could be friends with, though you know pooch came to your side to keep you warm the other night. for the first time that night, you did not mind her.
smv will understand but not without regret of being so immersed with commitments as to not get the chance to see you one last time.
she trusts that you, as with those who went before you, had all the best we could provide. you knew.
at your last breath, you went so quietly and made laying you to rest effortless for mama and i, as if you were aware of how the hours of separation was so privately heartbreaking enough as it was for us all.
thank you, Bear. sleep now, with Maki, Rebo, Socks, Bubbly, Jjay, Mouser, Aga, Ms. M and the four-legged friends – yours and ours – that all once enjoyed the sun in the the garden, the especially-prepared meals we'd be all too pre-occupied with; the special bring-home pasalubong* bags from smv, mj and all our human friends, the playful moments, our tender loving and care.
there'll be none of that for us after today but for you, perhaps the state of joyful pet days and eternal tranquility.