It has been about 4 months since my sweet dog Ridley died from cancer. Ridley touched my life deeply and is sorely missed, as I am sure his brother Quincy can tell you. Ridley is not the first animal I have loved and lost. There have always been animals (cats, dogs, fish, birds, hamsters) in my life. Although the passing of a loved animal is sad, I feel grateful to have had the chance to live with, love and know these wonderful creatures. This article is a tribute to Ridley and Quincy and what they have taught me.

  1. Hugs and cuddles each day are so important. Hugging is such an easy thing to do. It does not take much energy at all. The joy and cared for feeling from just one hug is priceless. I cannot imagine my life without a daily hug.
  2. Dogs are so forgiving. They do not hold grudges.
  3. Be grateful for the start of a new day. My dogs wake each morning with joy and excitement. They are happy for the new day and what might happen. I love seeing their wagging tails each morning as I wake up.
  4. Dogs are good listeners. There have been so many times over the years when I needed to vent or cry. My dogs would listen without judgment and then come over for a hug or kiss when I was finished.
  5. Dogs are your number one fans. My dogs are always excited to see me no matter how long I have been away or what mood I am in. This is such an ego boost!
  6. The simple things in life are what really matter. Ridley and Quincy taught me that simple things like a hug, walk, leisurely drink of cool water after a long walk, or a squeaky toy is what is really important.
  7. Exercise and fresh air is paramount. My dogs love going outside and walking in all kinds of weather. I learned to look forward to their long walks.
  8. Stop, listen and “smell the roses”. I have learned to enjoy observing nature-the birds, trees, flowers, plants, chipmunks, deer, squirrels, the sky when it is clear blue with puffy white clouds, the sky when it is gray and angry, the rain puddles and rivets of water racing to the sewers. There is so much beauty all around us. Ridley and Quincy taught me to how stop and admire what is right in front of me.
  9. Everyone is a potential friend. Do not measure someone by how they are dressed, their age, and their size. Everyone has the potential to be your friend. We all need more friends
  10. Everyone has the ability to conger up extra energy when needed. After a long tiring walk, my dogs always found the burst of additional energy to chase a squirrel up a tree. And I some how found the extra energy to chase after them.
  11. There is a time to get excited and play and there is a time to rest.
  12. Sometimes you just need to let it all out with a good bark.
  13. My dogs can tell time. 5pm is suppertime. I am reminded each day, without fail, when it is 5 o’clock.
  14. Dogs are resilient. They can accept and move on.

Ridley and Quincy have been inseparable companions since puppyhood. They slept together, were groomed together, walked together, ate together, traveled together. When they were separated, they would cry and pine until reunited. Now there is only Quincy. At first, he kept looking for his brother. Quincy would constantly look out the front door. He actually waited at the front door hoping Ridley would return. When going for a walk, Quincy was continuingly looking back to see if Ridley was behind him. In the past Quincy always liked to bark at the garbage trucks when they drove past our house or bark at dogs as they walk by our front door. After Ridley died he changed. Actually, he did not bark at all. Quincy would not run after squirrels. He would just lay on the floor with a sorrowful look.

It has been a difficult time for Quincy. And it has been a difficult time for me as well. I try to give Quincy as much attention as possible. I am working from home so he is not alone that much. We have been cuddling quite a lot lately. He also has several new squeaky toys that he has destroyed. But I think the sky is beginning to clear. Quincy is once again barking up a storm, running after squirrels and not looking so sad. He is beginning to enjoy being top dog. Quincy and I are healing together. I will cherish this time with Quincy. I am grateful he is still in my life
What Ridley and Quincy – My 2 Beloved Dogs Have Taught Me

It has been about 4 months since my sweet dog Ridley died from cancer. Ridley touched my life deeply and is sorely missed, as I am sure his brother Quincy can tell you. Ridley is not the first animal I have loved and lost. There have always been animals (cats, dogs, fish, birds, hamsters) in my life. Although the passing of a loved animal is sad, I feel grateful to have had the chance to live with, love and know these wonderful creatures. This article is a tribute to Ridley and Quincy and what they have taught me.

  1. Hugs and cuddles each day are so important. Hugging is such an easy thing to do. It does not take much energy at all. The joy and cared for feeling from just one hug is priceless. I cannot imagine my life without a daily hug.
  2. Dogs are so forgiving. They do not hold grudges.
  3. Be grateful for the start of a new day. My dogs wake each morning with joy and excitement. They are happy for the new day and what might happen. I love seeing their wagging tails each morning as I wake up.
  4. Dogs are good listeners. There have been so many times over the years when I needed to vent or cry. My dogs would listen without judgment and then come over for a hug or kiss when I was finished.
  5. Dogs are your number one fans. My dogs are always excited to see me no matter how long I have been away or what mood I am in. This is such an ego boost!
  6. The simple things in life are what really matter. Ridley and Quincy taught me that simple things like a hug, walk, leisurely drink of cool water after a long walk, or a squeaky toy is what is really important.
  7. Exercise and fresh air is paramount. My dogs love going outside and walking in all kinds of weather. I learned to look forward to their long walks.
  8. Stop, listen and “smell the roses”. I have learned to enjoy observing nature-the birds, trees, flowers, plants, chipmunks, deer, squirrels, the sky when it is clear blue with puffy white clouds, the sky when it is gray and angry, the rain puddles and rivets of water racing to the sewers. There is so much beauty all around us. Ridley and Quincy taught me to how stop and admire what is right in front of me.
  9. Everyone is a potential friend. Do not measure someone by how they are dressed, their age, and their size. Everyone has the potential to be your friend. We all need more friends
  10. Everyone has the ability to conger up extra energy when needed. After a long tiring walk, my dogs always found the burst of additional energy to chase a squirrel up a tree. And I some how found the extra energy to chase after them.
  11. There is a time to get excited and play and there is a time to rest.
  12. Sometimes you just need to let it all out with a good bark.
  13. My dogs can tell time. 5pm is suppertime. I am reminded each day, without fail, when it is 5 o’clock.
  14. Dogs are resilient. They can accept and move on.

Ridley and Quincy have been inseparable companions since puppyhood. They slept together, were groomed together, walked together, ate together, traveled together. When they were separated, they would cry and pine until reunited. Now there is only Quincy. At first, he kept looking for his brother. Quincy would constantly look out the front door. He actually waited at the front door hoping Ridley would return. When going for a walk, Quincy was continuingly looking back to see if Ridley was behind him. In the past Quincy always liked to bark at the garbage trucks when they drove past our house or bark at dogs as they walk by our front door. After Ridley died he changed. Actually, he did not bark at all. Quincy would not run after squirrels. He would just lay on the floor with a sorrowful look.

It has been a difficult time for Quincy. And it has been a difficult time for me as well. I try to give Quincy as much attention as possible. I am working from home so he is not alone that much. We have been cuddling quite a lot lately. He also has several new squeaky toys that he has destroyed. But I think the sky is beginning to clear. Quincy is once again barking up a storm, running after squirrels and not looking so sad. He is beginning to enjoy being top dog. Quincy and I are healing together. I will cherish this time with Quincy. I am grateful he is still in my life