It hasn’t been the same around our house for the last few weeks. The mornings are quiet and the little steps up the stairs are gone. After 14 years of companionship, our dog Cleo has gone to Heaven.
She was more human than dog, and really ruled our house. She kept things in order. For years she would jump up on the bed, and find her spot at the bottom. She was a great watchdog, and you just felt safe having her around.
Somehow, she had an uncanny sense of normal. Get things out of whack and she would put them back in line. She had to check you out if you came for a visit. She’d give a few barks and keep an eye on you. She always followed us around, and enjoyed being with people.
We tried taking her to a dog park, but she didn’t much care for being around a bunch of dogs. She liked humans better.
We’ve had a number of dogs over the years, most of them well behaved, but I’ve never had a dog quite like Cleo. She was an exceptional friend. Cocker Spaniels are a wonderful breed.
I’m encouraged by a book by a little boy who saw a glimpse of Heaven. He reports that there are lots of dogs there. Cleo was like a Guardian Angel. I’m sure she’ll feel right at home.
As I blog for the first time since she is gone, it’s a little lonely. Cleo always came in the office in the morning while I was writing. She would lay by my chair and keep me company. The words flowed easier when she was around.
We miss you girl, and hope to see you soon!