December 30, 2016

Flashback Friday with Angel Isadora Gypsy Rose.








Our Christmas ornaments have been collected throughout the years. Some I have had since I was a little girl, others I bought when I traveled as a young woman, others still I have collected in the years that I have built my family.







Most of them have a story or at the very least, are symbolic in their representation of the life I have lived.






There are angel wings on our tree, each of which represents a beloved pet now lost to us.





Last year, we lost Isadora Gypsy Rose, our toy poodle, shortly before she could celebrate Christmas with us. Her angel wings hang on our tree this year as does a Christmas bulb with the initial " I" on it, both are there in her memory. It was difficult to go through all the photos we have collected of Isadora in the fifteen years she lived with us but I wanted to share her with all of you one last time. She was truly my baby as only a little, teeny, wee dog of five pounds can be.When you are responsible for a dog that small, you worry more about the integrity of their health and well being on a daily basis than you might otherwise when taking care of a larger, more robust animal. I wanted Isadora to be brave in the face of the world she lived in and to view the world as an adventure in of itself. I did not want a hand in shaping a nervous, timid dog who was afraid of everything and of everyone. Isadora, because of this, was not a fearful or fainthearted dog who insistently and randomly barked at people, dogs or cats ; she greeted everyone she met with pure joy no matter how daunting the size or species presented to her. Isadora never showed signs of fear when presented with an unknown nor did she hesitate to run freely through a forest, or on a beach; she ran effortlessly through life as if in anticipation of yet one more great adventure. I feel, conclusively, that she led a good and happy life in the years she shared with us. Still, her life came to an end. All life  must come to an end, there is no stopping that process no matter how much we convince ourselves that if we love strongly, or completely, or purely ,or enough, we can stop the inevitable outcome of life. At times, it might feel as though we can stop death if only for a moment, that death will spare us if we are given the opportunity to argue the magnitude of our love. If we can convince someone, prove somehow that we have loved hard enough, well enough, thoroughly enough , we might be able to deceive death and in the process , perhaps we can momentarily deceive ourselves into believing that life as we know it on earth, is eternal. Yet the end inevitably comes, and always we are surprised by and unprepared for its' coming. Most of us are left yearning for one more day with the  loved one we have been forced to say good-bye to. We remain affixed to this earth temporarily lost in a suddenly too wide life, when we find ourselves with one less being by our side to love. I am not the exception in having experienced wanting one more day with a loved one, nor am I the exception when being forced to make the irreversible and heartbreaking admission that someone I love is no longer with me.  I would love to hold Isadora one last time and to gently remind her that she is my Sunshine. My only Sunshine. Did she hear me and take note I wonder, all those times I whispered the same message to her all the days and years she was with me? I believe she did.  And I believe she is now a lambent, luminous star in the sky who shines boldly and brightly as a testament to hope, perseverance and love ; to everlasting love in all its' many and varied shapes and duration.  Look up to the sky tonight, or when next you find yourself under the solitude of an evening's vast and darkened sky and there you will see all our stars, yours and mine, all our departed loved ones, our  stars in the sky shining brightly, reminding us as they twinkle and glimmer, that they, our loved ones, will guide us back to them one fine and gentle day.













































































































































































Have a Fabulous Friday.
Look sharp! The New Year is almost upon us :)
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

22 comments:

  1. Isadora wuz such a pretty girl.

    My momma feels a lot da same way about Whitley as you do about Isadora. Maybe they are now both stars shining down on us.

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  2. Adorable!!!!! Thank you for sharing her story.
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. What a sweet and tiny being Isadora was! I didn't realize just how small she was until I met Duffy, who is clearly bigger than her in these photos. I would have loved to have met her. I'm sure we would have gotten along very well!

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  4. Dear friend,
    Your celebration of and declaration of that love regarding Isadora to we who understand that celebration of love; was straight from your heart to ours. Your words wove themselves into my mind with the affection and devotion you felt for her and for all of your family. And I perceived that love easily as I feel the same for Lady Bianca, aka Admiral ,and for Katie Isabella now.
    They are, as was Isadora, the most brilliantly shining pure love we have in our lives. We were given them as a palpable treasure here on earth.

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  5. Isadora was such a special pup! Thank you for sharing such lovely pictures of her with us.

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  6. Sophie, your words were so beautiful and heartfelt and mean so much to me after losing Fiona such a short time ago. I appreciate them very much. I hope I will be able to look back a year from now with such clarity. It will be a month tomorrow since Fiona's departure, and I can now get through a day without crying. You were so blessed to have your 15 years with Isadora; though, I believe the longer they are with us the harder it is to lose them. The photos you selected were absolutely perfect, and they really put a smile on my face. I apologize for being so out of touch. Sending you lots of love and hugs, Janet

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  7. this was an exquisite tribute. Your photos are just gorgeous and your words brought tears to my eyes (((hugs))) DakotasDen

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  8. What a touching tribute for your sweet angel Isadora. It was so lovely to see her adorable, happy face. She was such a precious baby. Sending hugs to you xoxo

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  9. What a sweet and touching tribute to Isadora. We enjoyed seeing her photos again. Hugs and purrs

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  10. Your ornaments are very special as was that sweet Isadora. We enjoyed her photos so much and will always love that sweet face.

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  11. People who don't have a pet usually don't get how important they are to us and how much they are part of the family. I have had many dogs over the years but not any more maybe one day when Tim and I are no longer taking a lot of holidays we will get another one, who knows

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  12. Isadora was a cutie. Beautiful tribute post for her

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  13. This is such a lovely tribute to your tiny and adorable little Angel Isadora.

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  14. This is such a beautiful post. Isadora was such a beautiful girl and so sweet, I never realized that she was lighter than my cats.I love your ornaments and that they symbolize each of your angels. XO

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  15. What a touching and beautiful tribute to a much beloved little girl who was clearly adorable beyond all measure. Love the idea of a set of angel wings for each pet who'd passed before on your tree. A lovely tradition that keeps the love burning brightly for well loved fur-kids. Bravo. Warm wishes for a 'pawsome' 2017.

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  16. Sophie, what a beautiful post. It is always hard at the holidays, remembering loved ones that are no longer with us. Isadora was so blessed to have such a wonderful life with you! Though she couldn't be with you "in the fur" this Christmas, I know she was looking down from above and enjoying all of the festivities. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful photos of her. Sending lots of love to you and everyone!

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  17. What a lovely tribute to your special girl, Isadora. We miss her sweet face, too. Purrs....

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  18. That was so beautifully written and so full of love. Happy New Year!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  19. Meu coração ficou apertado quando li a tua homenagem para Isadora, é sempre difícil dizer adeus a quem amamos e nos dedicamos.
    Adorei as fotos.

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  20. What a moving (I am in tears) tribute to your beloved Angel Isadora. Yes, we are sure she heard you and took note. And we know the love you share lives on for eternity, and that you will be reunited one fine day. Until then, we bet she and our Moosey are dancing across the heavens and watching over us all. Love and hugs to you.

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  21. Thank you so much for such a beautiful and true post. Isadora always touched my heart when I came by and it was joyful to see her again. Thank you for sharing her and all of your sweet furkids. May 2017 be full of love, joy and shining moments.
    Luvs
    Marty's Mom

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  22. Such rich words and a moving and beautiful post and tribute. Your Isadora Gypsy Rose was indeed such a special and loving being...love seeing all her pics and the angel wings on your tree. Wishing you a 2017 filled with all the brightest possibilities, grace and unexpected magic!

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