Scooby was almost a year old when we got him from the pound in Malaysia. He was an adorable, fluffy puppy that just loved being with us. He was so social, he even went around the neighborhood and made friends with the other dogs. He would bring them back to our house for play dates. While is behavior was not always the best, he was always loving. He travelled with us to Japan and was never quite the same after the earthquake.
While Scooby’s personality changed a little, mostly towards other people and dogs, he still just wanted to be with us. He moved to Oregon, then to Atlanta where he loved talking to the opossum and deer that lived on the other side of the fence. He moved with us to Moscow, Russia. He loved the snow. He loved going on walks, especially when the snow was up to his neck. You just knew he loved the cold. He moved back to Atlanta and then Dallas. The last two years saw him slow down.
Over the last ten months, while I have been out of work, Scooby would be my constant companion as I looked for a job and wrote. He was there when I lost my job. He was there when my son went off the college and left a hole in the house. He was there when my publisher went out of business. He was there to wag his tail when I walked in a room. He was willing to just sit there and be a comfort. He was there to bring a smile to my face.
This last year has been a tough one. I always knew when I went to my office to work, he would follow and lay at my feet. Just wanting to be with me. I am so thankful that I have a personal relationship with Jesus. He just wants to be with us. Through the tough times. He wants to sit with us and comfort us. Jesus wants to bring a smile to our face. He wants to satisfy our souls. He wants to heal us from our wounds. I take comfort in knowing my Savior is sitting right here with me. Jesus tells us He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He already died for our sins and will be there to comfort us when we grieve.
I am going to miss Scooby. I know it was his time to rest. Thank you for twelve years of friendship and companionship.