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Memories Fade – A Tribute


Piezon (Paesano in Italian, means friend)

The years keep ticking by. As of tomorrow, it’ll be nine of them since he left this world.

Memories fade. I hate that.

I remember not wanting to let go of the grief, because I worried I’d forget what it was like to be with him. Sure enough, after all these years, it’s difficult to conjure up his essence in my memory. I sometimes get Piezon’s personality confused with Max‘s. They are very much alike in that they are Australian Shepherds (same body language) and both black & white. Except, Piezon had only a little white fur, while Max is about one-third white. But, their personalities are different.

I fooled myself into thinking Piezon needed me. When in fact, it was I who needed him. I fooled myself into thinking I trained Piezon, when in fact, it was he who trained me. Those are both traits that Max does not have. Max absolutely needs me, but it was Piezon who taught me how to train both of them.

I’ve written so much about Piezon. Perhaps if I go back and read the dozens of essays or poems about him, or his eulogy, I might remember his personality/presence. But, reading those makes me cry. I don’t want to cry. I want to smile when I think of him.

He was my soulful, wise dog. You’d think that would make him like a serene sage, but, nope. His cheerfulness gave him so much energy he was always wiggling with excitement. My Max, well, he’s sort of moody. Piezon, only had one mood . . . HAPPYYYYYYYY. Nothing could bring him down, not even a broken leg when he was five months old. I want to remember his joy and spread it today.

So, sing along with The Happy Song.


19 thoughts on “Memories Fade – A Tribute”

  1. You are right in that memories fade, but the life lessons Piezon provided still remain. What a gift. A coworker of mine had to say farewell to her beloved dog this week. The dog didn’t suffer but still such a difficult period to endure. I’m glad I work with a group of people who understand the bond people have with their pets.

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    1. Great point, Joy. You’re right, the life lessons from Piezon will always be with me, and I can remember him from those. I feel for your coworker. It’s painful to go through. Thank you for your support.


  2. Your pets will always have a good home with you, Lori. You are a real softie, much as I am, when it comes to animals. I wish they could live forever, but at least we have provided happy homes for them.

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    1. Hi Anneli. Our pets sure do fill up our homes with life, don’t they? I felt like I had no lights on in the house after Piezon died. Everything was so dark.

      You know, when I lived in Florida, I fostered two dogs (at different times) and found them homes. Once in a great while when I think of them, I still get a tear in my eye of missing them. So yeah, I’m a softie. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for remembering Piezon, aka, Bubba with me. Have a nice weekend.


  3. Pets are such a part of the family that when they go, we do indeed miss them for years. We donโ€™t have pets now because of my husbandโ€™s allergies, but I still miss the dogs I had when I was younger.

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    1. Hi Carrie. Yes, I can see how you can still miss your dogs from when you were younger. They leave such a huge impact on our lives. Piezon was my first dog. Thank you for the understanding comment. Have a nice weekend.

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  4. That’s how I feel about my old cat Jake. He’s been gone 3 years but every once in a while I think I see him sleeping on a chair. Some pets are bigger than life and it sounds lie Piezon was one of those.

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    1. Yes, you’re right, Piezon was like your Jake, bigger than life. Thank you, Kate. I knew you’d understand with the love you have for your kitties. Have a nice weekend.

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