This is about my dog, Isabel and our special connection! The journaling is LONG and pulls out from behind the photo with the "remember" tab.
*Sorry the scan is dark! And all is straight IRL! :)
cardstock in 2 colors
patterned paper (Fusion)
photo corners (green)
We R Memory Keepers letter painted with Making Memories paint
May Arts ribbon
Making Memories green saftey pin
bone charm by Jewelry Shoppe
Lil Davis chipboard letters covered with Basic Grey paper
Pebbles Inc. ribbon slider "love"
Many people might think I am crazy. They may roll their eyes or even laugh out loud. But as a dog lover, I know pets are special. And I know that Isabel and I have a special connection and real friendship, as corny as it may sound. From the moment I saw her at the shelter, I felt an instant connection to her. I couldn’t get her out of my head. Now that we have spent 3 years of our lives together, I can’t imagine here not in it. I have always felt like Isabel and I have our own unspoken language. I feel like I can read her face (and Jeff thinks I am crazy). But she does have a preference for me! Jeff thinks Isabel is kind of a little me. She is extremely sensitive like me and likes to be where the family is. We’ve been through a lot together. When we first got Isabel I went through a horrible depression. Isabel somehow always knew when I was having a really bad moment. She would cuddle me and kiss me and do her best to comfort me. Then she had an episode one evening where we had to take her to the emergency vet clinic. I was terrified that something was horribly wrong with her and it broke my heart to leave here there overnight. Isabel kept me company in the truck on our many long 8+ hour drives from Indianapolis to Kansas City. What a trooper! The next time she got sick we took her all the way back to our vet in Kansas City. We left her there a week while the vet opened her up and did exploratory surgery. I just kept imagining her there in the kennel at the vet wondering why she was in pain and why we weren’t there with her. When we moved back to Kansas City she did a wonderful job of adjusting - especially considering we moved four times in 6 months. She went from a huge yard of her own to a one bedroom apartment and back to her own yard. Then I got pregnant. I know that both Isabel and Gabe could sense a difference. Isabel was still my pup though – we did lots of cuddling while I was suffering from morning sickness and exhaustion. We were so worried that once Kennedy came, Isabel would become mean or jealous because she was used to getting all my attention and love. But Isabel rose to the challenge. She and Kennedy are the best of friends and truly enjoy playing together. Isabel is so gentle with her a respectful of her space and toys. Finally this last fall, we all had a horrible day. I came home to find Gabe had passed while we were at work. I completely lost it and was hysterical. Who knows what Isabel had experienced during that day. But she sat right next to me and comforted me while I wailed and waited for Jeff to arrive. All these experiences in only three short years. What a special friendship we have. Many people just look at her and see a little yellow dog. But I look at her and see my best friend. I wouldn’t trade my canine friendship for the world.