It has been 6 days since your passing, and my heart is still aching. However I feel I can finally sit down and write you a letter to heaven to express how much you have meant to me. You came into this world on September 20, 2007 and into my sister’s arms two months later. Luna, you were the first furbaby my sister ever had, and just like any close knit family, you quickly became the family furbaby. My mom never wanted a dog, but that quickly changed with you, Luna. You were beyond adorable and everyone could not help but fall in love with your spunky and happy personality. I was always excited to video chat with my sister and see you playing in the background. Sometimes we would have a more intimate one on one video chat with me as well. When I visited home from Boston during Christmas breaks, you would wag your tail when you saw me because you remembered your Auntie Jen. To my pleasure, my parents warmed up to you quickly as well and always had gifts for you. Too many actually, your Mama, aka my sister, had to cut back how many treats they were constantly sneaking in for you.
When I moved back home from Boston, I was fortunate enough to live with your Mama for a good half year. Your Mama was so dedicated in teaching you new tricks, and you were so well acclimated to their living lifestyle. You loved to follow my sister around, even to the bathroom. I was only working part-time when I moved back and so I spent many of my days just with you, Luna and me. So soon enough, you started to follow me around too, including into the bathroom. It was awkward at first, but one quickly gets over that. We took nice long walks and enjoyed soaking in the SoCal sun poolside. I would run with you in circles just for the heck of it just because you were doing it. You inspired me to pursue a new hobby in photography and videography which led to me document most of the important events in my life and those around me. My first video ever was bath time with you seen HERE. You would always bark at strangers which could be a little intimidating, but that was part of your protective nature. You would bark anytime the doorbell rang, or even with the sounds of subtle footsteps at the door. Whenever it was me at the door, I would call your name through the door and you would bark much less knowing I was there. You were always so excited to see me and go on your hind legs to reach for me for massive belly rubs and hugs. Now that you are gone, I realize all the things and more that I miss most about you. It was not ideal that you would bark at every doorbell encounter, but now my heart saddens to know you will not be there on the other side wagging your tail to see me when I come back to visit.
You used to spend many nights in my bed. Most of the time you would take up the whole bed. I do not know how such a small mammal requires so much surface area. Not only that, you had to be in contact with me the whole time like a magnet or paper weight. But I know it was because you just wanted to be close to me. When I was feeling down, you just knew, and would just sit with me, and cuddle. Much like my sister, not many words were needed to express that we were always there for each other, for comfort and support. Likewise, simply, not much was needed to express how much we cared for and loved each other as well. Luna, you were very much like your Mama. I hope you knew how much I cared about you through all these years even though I was not always physically present.
Andrew in particular loved taking you for extra long walks whenever we stayed to visit with my sister and her husband. He grew quite the bond with you, Luna, as well. We always talked about stealing you up to Canada. You just understood us perfectly. But we both knew you were right were you belonged, with your Mama and Papa. You were loved in the best way you could possibly be loved. My sister never forgot a birthday of yours and always made sure you had a special treat. You warmed up the hearts of my sister and her husband in priceless ways. You welcomed home their first human baby, and their second, Lily and Leo. You’ve taught all of us what unconditional love really means. My heart aches so much now that you are gone after 8 years. It was too soon. I was not able to say goodbye, but I am glad I was able to give you a hug and see you one last time two weeks prior. I miss you so so much and the countless memories I have with you are priceless, they will forever remain in my heart. You have enriched all of our lives in ways we could not have imagined possible. What stills my heart now is knowing that you are at peace and will continue to be well taken care of. I love you, Luna. Always. We will be together again one day. Until then, be still my heart…
Rest in peace Dearest, Luna
September 20, 2007 – January 9, 2016