Rest In Peace, Sweet Chappy, I will always love you with all my heart.
My sweet, sweet Chaps…. I will have to revisit this writing a bit later…. Still pricks the tear ducts even after all this time. Some of these Labs have a tremendous ability to move in and completely steal your heart away, leaving it very empty and broken when they depart. Chaps was my shadow, and my protector, always at my side and completely, unconditionally loving in every way. He did bark at anything unfamiliar or when something wasn’t right, but not with any intended meanness at all…. it was only an alert to make sure all was well. Once that was known, life was good again. I will forever miss this big silly boy, and will probably cry every time I think about him too much… like I am now. But, I am so very thankful for the brief time he was here…. I count him one of my greatest blessings and look forward to seeing him again one day. And yes, Chaps contributed to giving me a huge affinity for chocolates. They just hold a special place all their own in my heart. Until then, I shall love on and remember him through his daughter, Brighton, who in her own sweet way is such a blessing every time she does some small thing just like her daddy would do. Like sit or lay right next to me, watch, and wait for the next fun thing we would do with those beautiful brown eyes…. or to just simply ‘be there.’ <3