I hate blogging…

Just when you think you're over something…

   Fri, April 10, 2009 - 11:40 AM
This is going to make me sound like a complete lunatic basket-case, and I'm fully aware of that.

I was reading the webcomic Player Vs. Player, (www.pvponline.com) as I am wont to do at this time on a Friday afternoon, despite my bosses not thinking it's the best use of my time. The artist (Scott Kurz) posted a special comic and blog entry in remembrance of his beloved basset hound, who died. (yesterday or this morning)

I've never met Scott Kurz. I've never met Kirby (the dog). But yet the story very nearly brought me to tears. In the middle of my workday.
I thought I had recovered from the loss of my cat Dexter in December. I've been able to talk about it without feeling guilt or sadness. Just remembrance. But yet, the knowledge that someone else is in that kind of pain… brings all the tears back.

When my cat died, I was glad I wasn't a "public" person. I could keep it to myself if I wanted. I could share only with those I chose. But with Scott, often he has stated that he's glad he's a public person. It allows him to "share the burden" instead of internalizing it. I can't help but wonder (though I'll absolutely never ask) if this means the basset hound character in the comic will leave as well. Only a basset hound owner can draw a basset hound correctly – and as cute as the Kirby character was (is?).

So… this is for all those with fallen furry friends. Be strong.



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Mon, April 13, 2009 - 12:03 PM
Losing a pet can be just as traumatic as losing a human friend.
In many cases even more so. My friend lost her kitty while she was out of town. She had a friend feeding her cats and it died while no one was in the house. It took me several hours to console her to the point of where she stopped crying. Pet relationships can be deeper than human ones on many levels, I know I was pretty shattered when I had to give away some kittens from my cat's first litter. I still dream about those damn kittens.

I find them in my shoes, when I'm dreaming...