Sadie had fourteen fabulous years with her owner. Years of playing Frisbee, car rides, boat trips and other adventures, not to mention being and giving love.
But still, we want more time from our pets, don't we? It's never a long enough time. It is hard to sit back and think it was plenty. It's not a bad thing to be greedy for a sound love in our lives.
Yet when we lose our pets, we seem to lose a part of our lives and we say good bye to all of that. Our pets document our time and define many events we experience during those years.
Pets are a gift to us. Their unconditional love reminds us that it is possible to experience love that doesn't become angry and doesn't put conditions and expectations we can never meet. It is the kind of love that only God maintains perfectly and eternally. It isn't something we see in our lives often. It is why when we experience it tangibly, we grieve its passing.
But striving for the love of God, striving toward God, allows us to experience the flow of God's love in a way that never ends. And that is a solid comfort.