Adieu

Darling Friends,

Just to let you know, J and I escorted Ari across the Rainbow Bridge yesterday afternoon. Despite his remarkable recovery, things took a sharp decline a few days ago, and I was forced to face Ari’s readiness to move on.

We moved our mattress to the floor Saturday night, and called Ari up with us for the first time ever. And yes, just as I had always predicted, all night he tried to push me off the edge.

We spent our final day delighting in simple pleasures–parading together to the front door and back, relishing orange bits and peanuts, and all kinds of cheeses.

And now that the house is too, too big, and the silence almost unbearable, I thank you for your kind company and generous appreciation of my amazing canine teammate, soulmate really.

Wishing you sweetness and love, and wags and kisses from Ari.

*For Ari the WonderDog, who led me in ways practical and mysterious*

We must have walked ten thousand miles

Between the earthe and sky.

Adieu, my darling Ari,

It’s time for you to fly.

We crossed the Rainbow Bridge today,

Embraced with but a sigh.

Adieu, my darling Ari,

It’s time for you to fly

29 thoughts on “Adieu

  1. My dear Joan,
    I have no words that can possibly be adequate & no way to help fill that emptiness in the house and inside you. I am so, so sorry and wish you comfort. Sending love.
    Sherry & family

  2. Dear Joan,

       My heart is with you on the loss of your precious Ari.  What a touching post and tribute to your wonderful guide dog!  I just read your post with amazement because I today have been filled with thoughts of my third Leader Dog Zoe who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly four years ago today.  Surely, this must mean that Ari and Zoe have met  on or just past the Rainbow Bridge.  I am comforted to know that your Ari is there to play now with my Zoe.  Nevertheless, I do understand how empty a house is after a canine companion leaves.  How touching that you and Jay gave Ari such loving and magnificent final days on Earth.  May you always be comforted by the treasured memories you hold of your beautiful friend.

    With our heartfelt sympathy, Alice and Willow

  3. May all your memories of Ari be sweet, and comforting. He was always a pleasure to be around, knowing how secure he made you feel. At Temple he was as much a part of the community as anyone.
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you as Ari is on his solo journey. Don’t be surprised sometime if you’re feeling sad and you feel a soft damp touch, it might just be your friend reminding you that it’s ok.

    1. Marcia, thank you, your words mean so much tto me. I especially appreciate our understanding that he was certainly a member of the TBS community. He spent so many hours in my classroom and in the sanctuary. Blessings and love to you!

  4. May all your memories of Ari be sweet, and comforting. He was always a pleasure to be around, knowing how secure he made you feel. At Temple he was as much a part of the community as anyone.
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you as Ari is on his solo journey. Don’t be surprised sometime if you’re feeling sad and you feel a soft damp touch, it might just be your friend reminding you that it’s ok.

  5. Joan, we are so very sorry. Ari was such a special friend & helper through this life journey. He blessed others-your family & friends. I always enjoyed seeing him & hearing you talk about him. It was always special to see him & have him ride in our car-an honored guest. He was an intrinsic part of your life. What you wrote so eloquently captures your feelings so well. Yes, Ari’s happy in Rainbow heaven having blessed & made such a difference. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Love you.

    1. Oh, thank you darling Joanne, and Alan too. I just found this, and feel your love here with me, blessings and love to you!

      1. I’m so very sorry foe your loss, my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family, stay safe, XOXO

  6. Oh, thank you so much, my dear Stephanie, your kindness is greatly appre iated. I know how well you understand the bond betweeen a canine and a human, how much love they have to give, and how willingly they give it. Blessings and sweetness to you!

  7. So it was time to Ari to fly away. I am very sure he is at Peace after guiding and giving so much of Love and Companionship. I send you lots of Loving Hugs and Healing Energies and Wish You Good Health. Love Deepa Nilamani ❤ ❤ ❤

    1. Your vibrations of kindness and friendship are greatly appreciated, delighted to share this journey with you *willows in mist*

    1. Thank you, my darling Pari, I feel your sweetness with me. Ari was certainly an amazing canine, an inspiring teacher of courage and devotion. Blessings and love to you! *lillies at sunrise**pawprints in sand**children dancing*

      1. Blessings, sweet friend, be well!*yellow butter flies**willows in mist**rainbows amid clouds*

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