As most know, if you've ever had the love of a dog bestowed upon you, your pet can be like your child, in terms of the love you feel for them, and the loss you feel when they're gone. There has been a growing trend in the animal friendly population to want to do something special when the end arrives for a cherished pet "family member". Paper Passionista had the honor of creating a program for a special dog's memorial service that is taking place today as I write this.
Aisha, translated to "She who lives", was rescued from her original owner when Aisha was a senior dog, and after Aisha had suffered unthinkable abuse and neglect at the hands of that person. The special person who adopted Aisha after her rescue and 3-month rehabilitation, (who will be referred to in this article as only "Aisha's mom" because I didn't seek permission to talk about her story), said in a 2013 article in CityDog Magazine, "if I was old, neglected and had no home, I would want someone to take care of me. Senior dogs posess a certain wisdom". Aisha's mom said Aisha taught her about resilience, forgiveness, and living in the present. "Aisha's mom" and Aisha were able to share two special years together before Aisha died from a cancer, synovial sarcoma.
There were many in the animal protection community who participated in the saving and advocacy for Aisha, and many of them were to be present today for her memorial service, being celebrated on a Washington State ferry between Bremerton (Aisha's original home) and Seattle, where Aisha spent her final days, well loved by "Aisha's mom". Paper Passionista had the honor of working with "Aisha's mom" to create a keepsake program for those in attendance to take with them to remember Aisha. We're thinking of "Aisha's mom" today, and hoping today's tears will be transformed into the sharing of love for other lucky dogs in the future.