Man's Best Friend
Normally when I write these blogs they tend to be about the silly and irreverent things I talk about on my show, but I'm gonna lay down some seriousness for you this time.
Last week I was back home in Alberta to visit some friends and family.
I especially love making back to my folks' place in my home town of Wetaskiwin. My mom and dad built a house on a beautiful acreage many years ago and it's been a quiet refuge for me in the years since I moved away from home. And one of the best parts about going home is always getting to see my puppy, Corky.
Alright, she isn't technically a puppy.
We brought Corky home as a young pup when I was just a young pup myself. I was in grade 6 and my parents finally caved and let us have a dog.
That was 15 years ago now... and just last week, as I was back on the acreage enjoying the peace and quiet, my dear Corky passed on.
Corky was old, and in the days leading up to her death I suspected that this would be the last time I saw her. I'm glad I listened to my instincts, because I was sure to tell her how much I love her. I cuddled her as much as I could, and I savoured every last second with her right up until the end.
It's one of the hardest things in the world, losing a pet. Especially one that has literally seen me grow from a boy to a man. Corky can never be replaced, and I will keep her in my heart until the end of my own time on this earth.
I know this is all sad and sappy and stuff, but I guess I'm just writing this because... well, because. Because if you have a pet at home, you know the kind of love I feel for my sweet pup. And you'll no doubt know the heartache that comes with their inevitable passing.
It may be a depressing thought, but it's also a great reminder that there's no need to wait until the final days to enjoy their company.
Cuddle them lots, tell them you love them, and never take for granted the unconditional love they show you in return.
And to you Corky, rest well baby girl. Thanks for waiting for me to come home before you made your journey to the other side. I love you now and always.
Alright, that's all the seriousness I can muster. Time to go play video games or something.
Much love to all!