She came into our lives as a little bundle of fur. Barely a month old, she stole our hearts forever. My Brother in Law found her for us and we fell in love with her. My children grew up with her. She was just a few months older than my daughter.
Minnie was the the most affectionate souls I have ever met. And yes she was a gentle soul . My son was as attached to her anyone could ever be and a refuge when he was troubled. She would know when any one of us were feeling low and her simple presence was enough to make us feel comforted and yes, loved. Whether it was Rajiv me or our kids.
Her joyful barks, her playful pranks and her limpid eyes made us her fans forever. When I left to attend calls from the hospital at night, it would often be only Minnie who knew and waited for my return by the main door. She was with us for 12 years before age caught up with her. She had 3 surgeries in the last 18 months of her life. And yet she bore it all so stoically , she was a lesson in endurance.
She was overtly fond of me and I guess in a way she found her mother in me. And to me too she was as dear a member of my family.
She left us in 2011 at the age of 13 and a half , when she fell so sick and weak that we had to put her to sleep. She left the world cradled in my arms. My son wanted her to be cremated and I drove 35 kms to a cemetery so that we could do that. My daughter made a little picture of her with a message (seen in the collage ) to keep her company in her last journey. All of us wept unabashedly that day for having lost a part of our lives forever.
Rest in peace Minnie, You will never be forgotten. EVER.
I hope to meet you at the Rainbow Bridge, my dear Minne.
This is a collage I had created when we lost her 3 years ago. Some of the things I spoke of in my post are captured here as well.