I received an email letting me know that Rio has passed onto the big doggy park in the sky. It fills me with sadness thinking about what a special, gentle soul she was, and how happy she was just to be alive, and that she is no longer in the physical world we inhabit.
But, I have to say that that sadness is tempered by the joy I feel in knowing that a) I got to meet and spend time with such a sweet creature, albeit just for a couple of short hours, and b) we got these photos of her when we did. I also feel joy in knowing she was deeply loved, and had a wonderful life with her family and her canine neighbor friends. I will be thinking of sweet Rio this week and wishing her well on her next adventure- chasing squirrels with abandon and catching up with long lost friends.