Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Pawprints in the Sand April 22, 2013

Remembering RustyI heard some pretty sad news today. A doggie friend of mine out in cyberspace went to doggie heaven on Saturday. I was never fortunate enough to meet Rusty in person, but my mom and the people in his life were pals back in a place in time called high school. She remembers her time spent with him fondly, as I understand he shared my belief in joy, from the ground up.

His people have been showered with love and prayers on all sorts of social media today, and I find myself reflective of not only the blessing of life, but the blessing of the people (and pets) in it. I do enjoy my routines, but I can’t help but notice that sometimes the familiar scenery starts to lose its color. The characters don’t change much from day to day. One day blurs into another and it becomes all-too-easy to forget to pause to appreciate the tulips sprouting from the grass or the person who takes the time to pet you at the dog park.

Just as people funerals are meant to be a celebration of life, I pause today to remember Rusty in the way I know he would want to be remembered. Reading all the comments from his loved ones on Facebook this afternoon, I realized people and dogs alike need at least one Rusty in their lives. Every now and then, we need someone to help us through those tough moments.

I met my Rusty my first night at the Oshkosh Humane Society, and his is a legacy I will never forget. I had one of my darkest hours that night, to the point that I resigned to thinking it might be my last. Then I met my 15-year-old golden retriever neighbor Rusty and I didn’t know it then, but he would change my life forever in a single night. On this awful night when I had given up, Rusty reminded me that sometimes we get pushed on our backs to force us to look up and see some sunshine.Rusty

Like my Rusty, I’m certain the other Rusty in my life wouldn’t have wanted us to mourn his loss, but rather to carry on, as in the words of a popular song I just can’t get out of my head recently.

“If you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone, carry on,” sings Nate Ruess of Fun. “May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground, carry on.” Best of all, the song reminds and encourages us all to be shining stars, or (as I see it through the lenses of my reflective day) to be a Rusty in someone’s life.

So today I pause in honor of the Rusty’s in my life to be conscious of my surroundings. I find myself thinking about my path in life, appreciating everyone who has carried me through my difficult times. I stop to find a way to carry on, to bring light to someone having a dark day, to be the Rusty someone needs to carry them through. Rest in peace, dear Rusty. You will not be forgotten.


37 Responses to “Pawprints in the Sand”

  1. I love that song ~ carry on ~ big hugs to your family and Rusty’s. ♥

    • Thank you, friend. The family is taking it pretty hard, so I’m passing along all positive energy to them. 🙂

      • I understand. We lost our darling kitty a month ago. After being by my side for 17 years, I find it very sad to not have her here with me. The heartbreak is worth every priceless moment that we spent with her. Her kitty sister misses her too ~ as does our whole family.♥ Please send them my positive prayers and hugs.

      • Oh, friend, I’m so sorry for your loss!!! I’m happy to hear her kitty sister is there to help you through it though. I will be sure to pass along your thoughts. Thank you for being such a caring part of my life. 🙂

      • Big hugs to my favorite pup ~ you are such a gentle and wise soul. Your parents surely are very proud and blessed to have you in their lives. xo

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  3. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiley, I’m so sorry for your family and friend’s loss. I remember the sadness we experienced when we lost our precious German Shepherd, Merlin. I cried for months and months.

  4. seeker Says:

    My condolence to you and Rusty’s family. I’ll say a little prayer for all.

  5. Here’s to Rusty…

  6. belocchio Says:

    You have written such lovely and thoughtful words about Rusty. Virginia

  7. I suffer with you, Wiley…

  8. writetowag Says:

    Wiping tears from my eyes dear Wiley…I hate that we have to say goodbye to anyone or any dog we love…it’s unfair and my heart breaks again and again for it…BUT I always open my heart back up because dogs were always meant to be by my side!!!! Poor Rusty’s family…They need our prayers…It is harder beyond words to carry on in grief…Thank you for your tributes to all the Rusty’s we’ve loved…Hugs to you my friend!!!!

    • I agree with you about how heartbreaking it is to lose a canine friend, and all the unconditional love that we come with. I didn’t mean to make you cry, so I’m sorry for that. Hugs to you as well, my friend.

  9. kruzmeister Says:

    Aw big hugs to you and your family Wiley and Rusty’s family too, I know how hard it is too loose an angel, my Sherlock has been in Heaven for 9 years and I miss him everyday! xoxo

  10. I’m so sorry for Rusty and his family… your post is wonderful and very touching, Thanks :o)

  11. I’m so sorry to hear this, Wiles. My heart goes out to you. Hugs for you. RIP Rusty…

  12. Nikitaland Says:

    RIP Rusty. You are in our thoughts tod

  13. So sad, Wiley. Mom and I will say prayers for your family and Rusty’s family. We all need to remember and appreciate the Rusties in our lives. xoxo

    Love and licks,

  14. What a beautiful message, “be a Rusty in someone’s life”.
    My Rusty is called ‘Sweetie’, and one day she too will go to that great holiday in the sky. She will leave behind a very fortunate few who have (like Rusty’s family) been blessed with love.

  15. huntmode Says:

    Wiley, one of our fellow bloggers has recently lost her Rusty and it blindsided her for some time and maybe ongoing. I shall forward your link because it speaks to all of us, beings in whatever form we come, sharing a glance, a hug, a year or 12 or 68 years of a wedding anniversary. Those gaping holes in our heart are above us filling the stars. I believe and that is enough for me.

  16. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Have you had a moment you were sure God left you when later you realized he had carried you through the rough patch? I know I have.

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