She came into my life like a single bullet to the heart, quick and life changing. Our first meeting was through a photograph on an iphone. I wanted to dislike her, not wanting to get too close, because that would mean I was attached, a fate I was not eager to accept. But, she came with the package. She was jealous of me coming into her life when she was three and she knew full well that I was going to take her place. I would go for a hug and she wound herself in between the two of us and smile, obviously very proud of herself. At times she did avoid me, but when I was getting ready to feed her, she was my new best friend. Schedules revolved around her and her needs, which was necessary and understandable. Time apart was planned to ensure she was taken care of and because of that we selected our sitters very carefully.

Despite the responsibilities, her allure was hypnotic. She charmed individuals with her smile and friendly nature. During troubling times, she would sit very close to me and without uttering a sound and would provide me with the comfort and the hope that all would be fine through her warmth and generous spirit.  Her playfulness was infectious and she would run around outside, and twirl herself endlessly until she became dizzy.  We called it “teacupping.” And she knew no strangers.  She greeted everyone happily and identically.

Unbeknownst to us, her life would be cut short.  The cancer was present and spread quickly. I didn’t expect it to take her while I was away. The call that came early in the morning provided little hope and we realized that the time had come for her suffering to end. I had to say goodbye over the phone. I told her how much I loved her and so happy she was a part of my life. I received a text later that she was at peace.

I cried for days afterwards, but I thought of how brave she was before I left to give me that smile, her signature happy grin, with a last burst of energy. And that is how I will always remember her.

Hennessey, thank you for accepting me into your life and for making having a pet so easy. You were the best dog I could have ever asked for and I am so lucky you allowed me to love you.  Thank you for all you taught me about knowing no strangers and for always greeting those around me with warmth and a smile. Losing you has been one of the hardest events of my life, but one that I will learn from and do all I can to keep your memory alive in my heart.

I love and miss you my sweet girl. I hope you are teacupping everyday in Heaven.