Sleeping with the Dog (WIPs 15 & 16)

2009 had more than it’s fair share of challenges—not the least of which included the loss of our much-loved dog—Tonka.

hike 3He joined our family at the age of 5 months, an adoption from a no-kill shelter.  During his almost-2-years with us, he knit himself into the fiber of our family, so much so, that we still find ourselves looking for him to snatch up the food we drop or jump out of the back of the truck as we start a hike.

IMG_2106 He was always in the thick of things.  Just last Christmas he helped husband put up the Christmas tree.  023 Tonka was inquisitive, smart, loyal, protective, mischievous, and never met a toy he didn’t like (or couldn’t destroy).  We joked that his middle name was “Trouble” with a capital “T”.

018 That dog could flat out run.

When he left us, hearts ached (and ache still), and many tears were shed. 

To help heal the hurt and recall the good times, I made Jr. and Bug pillows with Tonka’s pictures.  The best part, is that the actual pillows are ones that Tonka slept on every night.

IMG_5830 Now the kids can do something they were never able to do while Tonka was alive—

IMG_3374 when they go to bed each night, they can say they’re sleeping with the dog.

“Love that dog,
like a bird loves to fly
I said I love that dog
like a bird loves to fly
Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
“Hey there, [Tonka]!”

–from the book Love That Dog by Sharon Creech



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