As luck would have it, my friend, Stephanie’s dog, SunMe died Saturday. What’s so special about Saturday? It was her 50th birthday celebration. She and her house guests were running behind on errands. I was cutting, rolling and typing inspirational quotes as giveaways. I had 120 to roll and expected help. I had to print pictures, games, etc. I was shorthanded, but not worried because I had awesome printers. Or, maybe not.
I also needed to print pictures, games, etc. I was shorthanded, but not worried because I had awesome printers. Or, maybe not. My color laser printer stopped working properly and my photo printer decided to give me a hard time — maybe it was user error, but that’s beside the point. I lost over three hours that I did not have to lose.
That’s enough, right? No. Stephanie’s house guest fell ill and needed to go to urgent care. Then, I get the call SunMe died. As I write this, I feel my heart in my throat. Leave it to SunMe to steal the show.
SunMe was about 13 years old. Stephanie adopted her when she was about two. Stephanie, an army wife, was in Korea where her husband was stationed. SunMe’s story is pretty horrific. A man saved her from what would have been a gruesome death. A farmer was trying to kill her. He was beating her in the head with a shovel —I didn’t realize how hard it would be to type those words. God gave her the best mommy ever —Stephanie. She trained Stephanie well.
Despite her horrific experience, SunMe was resilient, happy, and lived life on her own terms.
If you could see how SunMe lived, you could not even visualize her traumatic beginnings. She adapted well to her forever family. She was a princess and everyone around her was there to serve and amuse her. She had the confidence of a top athlete (minus the arrogance).
SunMe was a loyal and protective happy soul. I don’t think I’ve ever seen SunMe without a smile and a wagging tail. Of course, I did not see her day-to-day like her family; however, that was one of the things Stephanie told me she would miss.
I loved her happy spirit. She always wagged her tail and greeted me … I already miss her.
Her Life Rules
If you ask Stephanie, she would tell you SunMe did not listen to rules. I beg to differ. SunMe had her OWN rules. She did what she wanted, when she wanted, how she wanted, and where she wanted. She was always “dressed up” with a different bow on her collar. Stephanie would change her underwear (her bow) each day.
She also defied the rules regarding a pup with end-stage heart failure. Little miss piggy ate except for the day she died. She also still attempted to play with her same rigor until the day she died. Leave it to SunMe to steal the show at her
master’s servant’s milestone birthday.
SunMe has a life story with many teachable moments:
- It’s not what you go through that defines you, it’s what you do about it.
- Your view on life will decide whether you are a happy camper or a bitter bear.
- Be you. Most will love you for it.
Rest in doggie heaven SunMe — until we meet again!
Update: The slideshow is delayed due to events around Hurricane Harvey.