18. A good life for an animal. She came at a turning point of my life. After a number of difficult years. She brought such laughter and joy. It is strange that she won't be around. It was so close to her birth that the mystery of death gently slipped her away in the middle of the night.
My heart is so sore. It's never easy to lose an animal - even when they've lived a full life.
Our family 'puppy'; Even tho she was an 18 year old dog, we couldn't call her a dog, not with the spoils and special treatment - she was part of our family, with her own funny personality and cuteness. CJ, given to me on my 18th birthday, by my closest friend, Chenelle. CJ was the star of many stories with her personality and quirks.
I can't believe she lived so long for a pet, which made us think she'd live forever.
A stark reminder that nothing is forever. That you have to embrace everything life brings you. That you should choose to be happy, to let go of what holds you back and to live each day as if it's your best day.
Good-bye my precious CJ. Thank you for 18 memorable years.