As I am sitting on my couch, I find myself alone. It's true what they say: a dog is man's best friend. Since my wife does travel on occasion, it was always nice to come home to a dog with a wagging tail simply estatic to see you. I will take some time and write a few memories about Queenie because it is only fitting that I do so for such a beloved and compassionate dog.
Queenie came into my life in December of 2002. My wife tells the story of going to a small farm in Missouri to pick out the new addition to the family. What actually happened, Queenie picked us. While only a few weeks old, my wife is sitting among a litter of beautiful beagle puppies, and Queenie walked up to Carmen. It was love at first sight. For a mere $150, Queenie was our new baby. I had not grown up with dogs, so this was a new adventure for me. She came to us when she was six weeks old, and even though my wife had grown up with beagles, getting a new dog in December while living in the Midwest has its challenges. Nevermind the fact there was snow on the ground with a puppy that required to go outside quite frequently. Furthermore, my wife was planning a trip to California to spend Christmas with her parents. I had to work my stellar job at K-Mart over the holidays and care for a young puppy. I took three straight days off of work, had lots of sleepless nights, and almost lost my job. It was worth every second of it.
I titled this post "Living the dash." This is a popular saying referring to the dash in between the dates of someone's birth and death. Queenie, had a good life. She truly embraced the dash and touched the lives of many people. She was definitely a people dog. No matter where we took her, whenever she saw people, she always assumed they were there to see her. I've never seen such a happy dog. No matter what the occasion, she was the center of attention and truly lived up to her name. She was royalty, and she knew it. Whether it was stealing and eating frozen hot pockets, barking at the mailman every time it was delivered, eating used kleenex from the trash, stealing mail and tearing it up in front of us, or sometimes getting emotional and yelling at me, she was always living life to the fullest.
"Everyone dies, not everyone truly lives." This is a quote from William Wallace from the movie Braveheart. People are measured by what they do in life. "Living the dash" is making an impact in someone's life no matter how insignificant it may seem, challenging yourself to better educate yourself and make a difference in the world, giving selflessly to benefit our fellow humankind, and finding something you're passionate about. "Living the dash" refers to anything in your life that defines you as a person. We are all talented people, and people sometimes find and develop that talent at different times in their life. But we owe it to ourselves and to this world to utilize the talents we are given. We owe it to ourselves and to this world to live life to the fullest.
In close, Queenie truly lived the dash. We can all learn a lesson from her: take things one day at a time and "dream as if you'll live forever; life as if you'll die today" - James Dean. Queenie will truly live on forever. Will you?