Good morning, friends! I hope (for my American readers) that you had a great holiday yesterday.
Mine was bittersweet…
I write with a heavy heart today because shortly after posting yesterday morning, I received a very teary phone call from my mom, telling me that my childhood dog, Buck, had died.
Of course I immediately fell apart, too.
I think there are two types of people, those who have an extreme passion and love for animals and pets, and those who don’t. And I’m in the former camp.
It’s funny to hear people’s reaction when you tell them your pet died. Some are like “aww, sorry to hear that!” and then move on. And other people get it, and understand that deep pain that comes along with a passing pet.
Buck is the first pet I’ve lost, and now I understand those who say it’s like losing a family member.
Buck was THE best dog ever. Everyone who met him wanted to take him home. My family had a goal of (jokingly) trying to clone him before he passed.
He w asn’t a pure bred. Didn’t cost any money. And he definitely wasn’t a designer dog. I actually got Buck when I was 11 – a neighbor picked up a dog thrown out on the side of the road who ended up being pregnant.
I’d begged for a dog for YEARS, with no avail, and my parents finally decided to go ahead and give in. I think part of the winning convincing on my part was when I told my mom we could name him Buck (from our favorite book, Call of the Wild.)
He was such a good dog! Love you Buck!
This news definitely set the tone a little lower for the day. I trained clients like I intended, and then just came back to the house and chilled with Shane on the couch.
We didn’t end up going anywhere – didn’t feel like it, plus it was EXTREMELY hot. But I did do some recipe work in the kitchen:
Recipe to come soon
And around 8:00, we mustered up the energy to grill out and get ready to watch the fireworks.
Hawaiian chickpea veggie burger, salad, + 2 these protein cookies.
I think I did a couple steps wrong on the cookies though, because they came out a little too chewy. Actually, I bet it’s the protein powder I used. It can really make a big difference! They look amazing though, right??
After dinner, we watched the fireworks from our backyard (awesome, right?) and headed to bed.
Time to get a workout for the day in! Have a good one, loves.
Have you ever lost a pet? How did it affect you?