Nemo, our beautiful Blue Tick Beagle, left us this past week, and we miss him very much.
For nine years he was a joyful and healing presence in our lives — though also a trial from time to time. Nemo was rescued from the path of a bush hog as an abandoned puppy by our oldest son who passed him on to us as soon as he could eat and drink again. Possibly because of that start, or more likely because of his beagle genes, Nemo was fond of any passing bits of paper, of stones and sticks and anything he shouldn’t eat. Our vet, on examining a Nemo X-ray, said that Nemo had swallowed not a rock, but a rock garden. I once had to call a community center that reimbursed me for travel to a speaking engagement to announce that Nemo had eaten the check and would they mind reissuing it?
Nemo was generous. He was fond of offering his favorite toy, blanket and even his bed to anyone he loved, and he loved everybody. We never won a staring contest and his big beautiful eyes revealed a remarkable beagle soul. His passing reminds me of what a blessing our pets are.
My husband Michael — also known as Proman and the Reverend McGee — made a video for our church website a few years ago about the blessing of pets, using Nemo as his model. I assure you Nemo was never as well behaved as during this video, probably because Michael petted him the entire time. Michael edited the video down to less than a minute, so I hope you will take the time to watch it and then give your pet some extra attention today as thanks for being such an important part of your life.
If you would like to share your own pet stories, we’d love your comments. Is there or was there a pet in your life who changed it irrevocably? Nemo and the dogs (and occasional cat) who passed on before him, have all changed ours.