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It's mighty cloudy around here.

I had another blog post written and ready to go when I looked at the calendar.  

I realized that the coming week includes September 18th.  I know that most of you have no idea the significance-and in all honesty, you probably don't care.  But to those of us who are part of the immediate Nadel/Krise clan-the sheer date is bringing some mighty big lumps into our throats and lots of tears to our eyes.

On this date a year ago, our blessed and loved lab mix Sunshine left this earth-leaving behind six adults, two little boys and a then 8 year old tabby named Pepper in a grief so deep, that we still all feel it.

So much has happened since this horrible day last year.  We sent my husband's mother to his sister's neighborhood to live.  My parents sold their home of 47 years and moved into the retirement community down the street from my sister and me.  Our mom is steadily losing her sight and sold their car.  Our dad's memory is getting worse with every major change that's occurred.  Our son and daughter-in-law joined our daughter and son-in-law in Arizona. My husband got a job and started it in Arizona just last week.  Our home of over 23 years has a sign denoting that's it's for sale.

I've had 3 epidurals, a double hand surgery and another one coming up in less than 10 days.  I've torn my rotator cuff.  My shots will now be injected by my sister.  I should be moving soon myself.

My husband promised me that I could have a new pup when we moved-I've wanted a new canine child, but it doesn't mean I'll miss Sunshine any the less.  A dear and close friend lost her precious "Mac" a few days after we lost "Sunshine"-she too is feeling that horrible pinch of grief.

We've lost pets before in our lives, but for some reason, while we loved all of them fiercely, these last two created a void that neither we nor our spouses thought possible.  Was it their sense of humor?  Their innate ability to smile?  That these rescues needed us more than their predecessors?  Or was it that we needed them more?

I can't say for my friend-but I think that it was all of the above and one more-It was Sunshine's sense of knowing how much we needed her.  After her arrival on September 15, 1997 I said-no matter what the day looks like outside we will always have Sunshine.  

Really, I should have never said something that na├»ve-Sunshine, I hope you're resting in peace my love bug and having a grand time playing with Mac and even our wonderful Lucky and Snowy.  For now though, I'm allowing myself to miss you all over again and shed more than a few tears.

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      Marya1961 wrote Sep 14, 2012
    • My son and I were just talking about the same thing at lunch today.  We all miss our Springer Spaniel, Brandy and our two cats Whiskers and Berger so much, and it has been a while since they have passed.

      They leave such an imprint on our hearts, and we always remember them.

      Hope all goes very well with your new beginning and you welcome that new pup into your life as soon as you can.happy



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      Nita P wrote Sep 14, 2012
    • heartheart thats what i love so much about pets they comfort you when you are upset and you can talk about anything to them and they just listen and stare.  they do the funniest of things at times to make you laugh and when they are naughty  you have to secretly laugh because it is so funny, and you are trying hard to teach them a lesson.  our dogs love traveling in the car with us and cry when we leave home.  they are aged 9 & 8.  i cant wait for when u get your new pup.  its like having a baby in the house, and all babys are beautiful.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 14, 2012
    • holding my feline fur kid right now.  He’s just as upset-especially since our dil joined our son a couple of weeks ago and took their 2 shelties and Maine Coon to their temporary new home.



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      Nita P wrote Sep 14, 2012
    • heartestatic



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 14, 2012
    • Carine it has been almost a year for me too losing MamaCat. So while we both know by the trials and tribulations that life does indeed go on it doesn’t really lessen that pain of missing a beloved fur child.
      So know that I am sniffling for you and remembering the things you wrote about Sunshine but I’m also sniffling at the loss od my Pretty MamaCat heart



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 14, 2012
    • Oh Vikki,  (( ))-losing a fur kid does feel as if someone has truly heartbreak ‘’



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