Today I drove to First United Congregational Church to honor the memory of Baxter Wright who had been such an important part of Danny Wrights life for so many years.  

Like many of Danny’s friends, I had liked or even loved the many photos of Danny and Baxter.  They went everywhere together and were inseparable.

I’ve officiated at many pet funerals and shared the grief of many families because like Danny, losing a pet is often as devastating as losing a child.  In fact, Danny referred to Baxter as his son.

Pet Funerals give closure but Baxters death was unexpected and it was clear to me that Danny had very little time to grieve prior to the funeral.

Baxter had become suddenly ill and had spent some time with the vet and as everyone on FB prayed for Baxter, more seizures would cut his life short too quickly.

Watching Danny explain how the one thing in his life he could count on was Baxter, it became clear that having a pet in your life can often be the company that you can count on.

I effectively lost it when Somewhere Over The Rainbow was played during the memorial as I often do.  For some reason, whether I’m at a wedding or a memorial, this song always pulls at my heart strings.

The music at this Celebration Of Life was beautiful and as the ceremony came to a close, with The Texas Boys Club sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” I thought there couldn’t have been a more memorable and emotional send off for Baxter.  Both friends and family were touched by the beauty, love and memories of a wonderful memorial together.

                  “What Matters Most”

“It’s not how long we held each other’s hand.  What matters most is how well we loved each other.  It’s not how far we traveled on our way.  Or what we found to say.  It’s not the spring you see, but all of the shades of green.

It’s not how long I held you in my arms.  What matters most is how sweet the years together.  It’s not how many summertimes we had to give to fall.  The early morning smiles we tearfully recall.  What matters most is that we lived at all.

What matters most is that we loved at all.”

Loving a pet is an enriching experience for many people.  I can count on Foxy Wortham to greet me at the end of a long day or to bring me a toy when he wants to play but, I realize Foxy is no longer young and although he still chases the twins for rounds of fun, Foxy is 13 years old and with grey changing his black fur more everyday, I thought about the many times he’s made me laugh during Baxter’s Memorial.

Pets bring love, joy, messes and fun to your life and Baxter brought many years of love and companionship to Danny.  Having the love and devotion of a pet is a gift…