Matthew 5:4 ESV “Blessed are those, who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
As I’ve said before, I believe dogs are specially created by our Heavenly Father to remind us how much God loves us, even in our darkest times. They truly are God’s Little Helpers. However, like every living creature on this Earth, God recently called one of His helpers home.
Earlier this week, our family had to do one of the hardest things we’ve ever done; we had to say goodbye to one of our best friends, greatest comforts, sworn protectors, and a wonderful member of our family, our sweet BoJangles, otherwise known as Bo. His last moments were surrounded by all of us, his family that loved him so much. Jim led us in prayer as Bo left this earth and we felt the presence of Jesus as He wrapped His loving arms around us and took our sweet companion Home.
Losing Bo was unexpected. He was still young in doggy years and to be honest all of us had been preparing ourselves as best we could for the eventual parting with Buttons who has been in our family for so many more years. It is so difficult to come to terms with losing a cherished friend with so little warning. Our hearts are hurting and the grief is touching all of us deeply.
When our daughter Claire graduated the 8th grade, Bo was her special gift. Claire had grown so much and worked so hard that year. This little girl that had come to us years ago, from a life that was incredibly different, had blossomed . I know how hard it was for her. Yet she has the most incredible heart and determination and has risen up in her life with a grace that makes us so proud! I knew how much joy my dog, Buttons, had brought into my life. She made me feel needed and loved at times when encouragement was what I needed the most. Bojangles was the perfect gift for Claire. But it wasn’t long before the entire family was in love with Bo too.
We will always remember Bo’s little face with a tongue that seemed to have a need to be sticking out through his cute smile all the time! I will personally cherish the days that we spent in bed as I recovered from my illness and the warmth of him as he cuddled next to me. Nothing brings a mother more joy than to see her children happy and Bojangles brought delight to all of them!
As we grieve the loss of our little friend, we not only want to say goodbye, but also thank you. Bo, you will never know everything you did for all of us. Thank you for the happy greeting when we would arrive home and thank you for your silliness. Thank you for the kisses you gave when least expected and for allowing us to be a part of your life. And thank you God, for this little member of our family and the time that you granted him to be with us.
We love you Bo!