8.25.2010

#41 - Goodbye, Friend



When I started making knits for dogs, I knew that they were cute, but I also hoped that they would serve a purpose. I get a lot of messages saying how fun and sweet my items are, but what I love to hear most is that my work means something to pugs and people. One person warmed my heart twice this year. When Faith asked me to make a neckwarmer for her pug, Sarge, in March and explained that he was blind and toothless at 20 years old, my heart went out to them. Faith is an amazing person who rescues dogs who need special care, and Sarge was one of the lucky pugs who became her soul mate.

Faith messaged me this week to let me know that Sarge passed away at the ripe old age of 21. She wanted to let me know that he loved his neckwarmer and that it kept him warm and cozy. He wore it right to the end of his life.

Boy, you can bet I cried for a good 20 minutes when I read that message and I'm about ready to cry again just sharing this story.

My point is that stories like this make everything I do so worth while. If I can make a difference even in the life of one animal by knitting and having fun all the while, then there is nothing else that I could possible ask for in life.

So now that I've probably made you cry, I hope you all cheer up and have a lovely day, because the good news is that all animals live good lives and have to go eventually, but as long as they lived and loved, the sadness won't last for long.

Now that I've spread the sad news about death, I am off to celebrate life! It's my beautiful mother's 50th birthday today and my family and I are spending the whole day with her.





There she is with her grandpug, James Dean, and her son, Ringo. They are excited for the birthday because they know that I will sneak them some of the plain vanilla cupcakes before I frost them so that they can have a little treat, too!

x's & o's

6 comments:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh what a beautiful post jess!

your work touches the heart and lives of everyone who sees it!

happy happy birthday to your mom!

xoxoxo
m & e

Sequoia & Petunia said...

That lil puggy is so sweet and we are glad you got to help out.

We bet the guys will enjoy those tasty cupcakes.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We can tell that you have the gift of love. I bet anyone is so thankful to have you for a friend.
Your post was beautiful and yes,,, we cried too.

you reach out
and touch
that is what
you do.

love
tweedles

Tweedles -- that's me said...

i forgot to say
Happy Birthday to your mom!!!
love
tweedles

Tweedles -- that's me said...

i forgot to say
Happy Birthday to your mom!!!
love
tweedles

Wilma said...

Oh Jessica,
So many pug losses lately. What an amazingly long life Sarge lived. I am glad he had your beautiful scarf to keep him warm and cozy.