"Life is not about learning to weather the storm
. . . it's about learning to dance in the rain"


I'm not sure where I first read this quote - but it came to mind tonight as the girls and I were trying to write something for our "old lady".

"Life is not about learning to weather the storm - it's about learning to dance in the rain"

If anyone knew how to jig - it was our little Grendel.

Grendel came to us smiling - though I'm not sure why. Surely there hadn't been much in her life to smile about. And she left us smiling - though she was the only one smiling at her moving on. She was the consummate happy soul. Madelynn commented that even when her hearing had pretty much left her - and her sight was on it's way out as well - she would still come running to see you.- just as fast as her little old legs could carry her.

A less joyful soul would have been cautious when trying to get to you. Not Grendel - her joy of your company over came any trepidation there may have been in getting to you.

Grendel's joy knew no bounds. She loved everyone she met - instantly. She loved the other animals here at the farm. Though the geese were probably a stretch even for her. Most of all she loved "kids". Human kids - canine kids - feline kids - didn't matter. There would be afternoons when we would look outside and Grendel would be napping under the crabapple tree in the front lawn with 3-4 spring kittens curled up on top and around her. She loved the presence of little ones. She must have been a hell of a mom!

She loved outings. Softball games, trips to Petsmart, the riverfront for Saturday in the park music - it all meant new friends - and new friends meant BELLY RUBS! And that got a Grendel smile. She loved simple pleasures like squirming in the grass on her back like a little worm. How good that must have felt on her old bones.

Truly she was the best example of God's love I've ever met. Quiet and gentle - happy and loving even in the face of adversity. Willing to believe the very best - always, immediately.

Jig in the clover my bonnie lass - we miss you - but will carry your lessons in our hearts. We were the lucky ones!


Once again quality has to outweigh quantity ... Grendel spent the first 12+ years of her life in a PM producing litter after litter of puppies. At the end of May, a kind and thoughtful lady picked her up as a "giveaway" from a kennel hoping to give her a chance at having some time and love with a family before she left this earth. This lady knew Grendel needed more care and medical attention than she was able to give her and she came into Col. Potter at the beginning of June.

Grendel's little body was worn out, losing the few teeth she still had in her mouth save 4, black skin all over her body, bumps, lumps and tumors dotting her body, complete retinal detachment in her left eye, infection and swelling in her right eye, incontinent ... and the list went on. Grendel went to a wonderful foster family, Dawn in Iowa. Dawn's two daughters, Maddie and Kassie, were absolutely in love with Grendel and affectionately called her their "Old Lady" and the feelings were returned in kind by Grendel. Her little tail was always wagging and she loved just following her humans slowly around wherever they went and getting love and cuddles. There wasn't a living being that Grendel didn't like ...

Unfortunately, there was more of a toll on Grendel's little body and it came to a point that it was going to be more painful and a very long recovery period for Grendel if she was even able to withstand the medical treatment. It was determined that it would be kinder to let Grendel slip quietly and peacefully away to the Rainbow Bridge with the wonderful memories and love of her foster family for the past 2 1/2 months to take with her. She had suffered enough to survive during her 12 years on this earth ... leaving it shouldn't also be a struggle.

Her foster family is absolutely devastated and had hoped to be able to adopt Grendel to live out her days with them ... but this isn't the way they had hoped it would end and certainly not this soon.

Please hold the Bain Family close in your hearts and light a candle for Grendel. . . a little, old mill mama who had a great couple of months.


Until We Meet Again
by Karen Mullen

I will never know what I did to deserve such an awful life full of abuse and neglect.
My life had become so sad and lonely it was like living in an endless, dark tunnel.
I remember looking up one day and seeing a bright light shining at the end of the tunnel.
The light was so bright I thought that God must have sent an angel to finally end my suffering.

God did send an angel, he sent you.
The bright light I had seen was your smiling face.
You promised me that my days of neglect and abuse were over.
My battered body and broken spirit hardly dared to believe it was true.

You opened your heart and your home and gave me more love and comfort and safety than I had ever known before.
You gave me the softest bed my tired, aching bones had ever felt
And more toys and attention that I had ever dreamed existed.

I no longer cringed when a hand was raised near me, because your
Hands had only kindness and treats to offer me.
I no longer feared the sound of feet approaching, because your feet
had never kicked me, they had only taken me on wonderful adventures
to exciting new places.

Although "quantity" of time can be measured in days and weeks,
There is no way to measure the "quality" of time.
So there is no way to really measure just how deeply your love and devotion affected my life.
But sometimes, even love and devotion and all the medical attention in
The world can't heal a body that has been battered and broken for so long.

So please do not be sad that I am gone.
You performed a miracle in what little time we had together.
You made my spirits soar and helped my soul find peace and contentment.
From the day I met you I never suffered again, not even at the end.

Just knowing that my memory would live in your heart forever gave me
The strength to let go and find my way to the Rainbow Bridge.

So go forward from today with only happy memories of me in your heart
And let them give you the strength to keep on lighting up sad, lost lives.
Remember I will live forever in your heart and in the stars up above and
My star will shine brighter with every life that's touched by your love.