On Friday November 4, 2011 the most beautiful, energetic and loving dog passed away. Sigfried was the runt of the litter and as he sat on my lap the entire 4 hour drive home (I was a passenger don't worry), I immediately fell in love with him. From that moment on, I knew that he was going to have a special place in my heart. After I moved away from home, I missed him like crazy and would always talk about stealing him back from my Mom. :) When I would visit I would always look forward to seeing him spin in a circle as fast as he could because he would get so excited to see me. I'm sure he did this for other people as well, but it didn't matter to me...I just knew I would get to cuddle him for the rest of the time I spent with him.
I didn't realize that the last time I was back in Minnesota would be the last time I would see him. It is a brilliant reminder to savor the moments with any loved one. It doesn't matter if it's a dog, a child, a sibling, a lover or a parent...you never know and I for one will take live in the world with more awareness and a picture of Sigfried in my wallet.