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A Year Without Sage..and it seems like yesterday.

A year ago...October 1st 2010, I said goodbye to my little buddy Sage.

I came home from work early so I could spend a few last hours with him and Karen. A few final hours together as a family.

We walked him around the block in his little stroller, because he could not walk on his own. We sat together with him in the sunshine; although he had been blind for much of his life, he loved the warmth of the sun, especially when he could lean up against Mom or Dad in the grass. And then we took him for his last ride in the Jeep.

Our other four-legged family member, Lal, is still with us - she is healthy and happy and we love her dearly - but I can tell she still misses her brother - they always kept each other company.

It is inexplicable to me - I have buried family and friends and mates in the Army and other canine family, but never have I been affected by loss as I have by this little Lhasa Apso. Even now I see the spot where is bed sat by the front room window, and I feel the same emptiness I felt a year ago.

How such a small being could take up such a big space in my heart is incredible to me.

I am not a believer, but were I to adopt a faith, it would have to be one where the Rainbow Bridge really existed...because to have Sage waiting for me and Karen would truly be Heaven.

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