The role model

All children need role models. Some things can only be learned by example and you teach them better than I ever could. 

You have gone through so much, more hardship than most of us could cope with in a lifetime. Yet you are so young in years and you’ve put it all behind you.

You teach my children about hope.  They see you put the day’s problems to sleep with the setting sun and wake in the morning full of the joys of a new day. And in that day you live for the moment and make every minute count.

You never turn down an opportunity to run, play and be with the ones you love. You show them that exercise is important and you make it fun.

Being with you has taught them that the great outdoors is not just for sunny days. Whatever the weather, there is fun to be had and exploring to be done. From muddy puddles to summer meadows, you show them the joy in their surroundings.

You  teach my children about loyalty. You are faithful to your family, defending them from danger without a thought for your own safety. When they need you, you are always there.

From you, they learn to  listen. You never question or judge them. You’re just there, for them and for us. Quick to provide a loving hug, knowing when we need one without being told.

You see the joy of companionship.  Days out as a family, lazy mornings in bed, afternoons lounging on the sofa or playing in the garden. You are always pleased to see us, never begrudging the time we’ve spent apart. 

You have taught my children to love. Fully and unconditionally, keeping nothing back. You are never afraid to show affection. In public or in private, there is no wrong time to show them that you love them.

In time, they will learn that even you will have your hour of need. The one who has always been there will grow old. Your boundless energy can’t go on forever. They will learn to give back to you then, to stay with you to the end. 

You will teach them that sometimes their parents have to make the most difficult decisions, but that they will always do the right thing for someone who has given us so much.

And then they will learn about loss and grief. The pain of losing someone who has always been there. The emptiness and loneliness of a silent house. 

They will learn that you are gone but never forgotten. We will teach them to keep you in their hearts and love you as you loved them. Always and forever.

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  1. March 1, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Lovely post. We wouldn’t be without Tin Box Dog. I can’t think about her leaving us without getting a bit emotional. Thankfully she’s still and young dog and is growing up with the rest of our family.

    • monsterid March 1, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you. I know it’s so sad even thinking about losing them isn’t it? I hope you have many happy years with her.x

  2. March 4, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Aww that is such a lovely post! Very apt for us at the moment as my two have just got their first puppy and what you have written above is all the reasons why we got him. #AnimalTales

    • monsterid March 4, 2015 / 11:59 am

      Aw thank you Gina I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you all have many happy years with your lovely puppy.x

  3. monsterid March 4, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Aw thank you, I’m sorry it brought back difficult memories for you. We were also honest with Libby when our Soxa died and she was upset but she still talks about her every day and we have wonderful memories.x

  4. March 5, 2015 / 9:06 am

    So beautiful. Seriously brought tears to my eyes. Our Samson is all these things…such an integral part of our family. Sad to think about losing them one day but at the same time they will always be with us in some way.

    • monsterid March 5, 2015 / 9:13 am

      Aw thank you. I agree, just the thought of losing them is horrendous, we were so gutted to lose Soxa last year, we all still miss her every day.x

  5. March 5, 2015 / 6:27 pm


    And having recently lost Poppy we know that memories stay with us for ever and each New Year’s Eve we will raise a glass to her and all the fin she filled our lives with.

    Thank you so much for linking this post to #AnimalTales – it says so much about the importance of family pets.

    • monsterid March 5, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you Rosie. We also regularly raise a glass to Soxa. You may read into this whatever you like about both our drinking habits and our love for our pets 😉

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