So Long, Rags

I want to thank all of my friends who took the time to send me the many cards, flowers and plants of condolences after hearing about the death of my Rags. Thanks to Barbara Ball for featuring Rags’ passing in The Voice. What an honor.

I never thought of Rags as ‘my dog.’ She never felt like my child or a member of my family. After 23 years together, Rags had her own category. More than a friend, Rags was best defined as my ‘extension.’

Rags was as near perfect as possible. She was not a barker or a digger. She never chewed on anything. She never snapped or growled at anyone. She loved all children.

Rags would watch everything I did. Her eyes were her best feature. I believe she could read my mind.

I reject the idea that animals who are ‘well loved’ go to heaven. Christ’s suffering was much too costly for that. That said, I miss Rags so much and always will. She will not be replaced.

Parents, please let your children have a pet and teach them how to love and care for something beyond themselves.

Bye, Rags dear. I loved you much.

Judy Miller

Ridgeway