Dear Thunder…

Dear Thunder:
I love you.  I hope that you understand why I made the decision that I did today.  I could see that you were suffering, and I didn’t want that to continue.  I love you so much. 
Do you remember the first day we were together?  I do.  It was New Years Day, 1994.  There was snow on the ground, and you were sporting a royal blue collar that the shelter gave you, with a matching leash.  When we got home and out of the car, you somehow slipped out of your collar, and at first I thought that you were going to run off, but you didn’t.  You were darting, playfully, back and forth, trying to get me to chase you to play.  You always did love the snow. 
You have lived in the states of New York, New Jersey, and California.  You have made friends with everyone, from people to a ferret.  You loved to play with everyone, and was never aggressive to anyone.  I took you everywhere I could.  Crazy people would secretly feed you hamburgers and hot dogs when I wasn’t looking.  I have taken you to parties.  I have sneaked you into a hotel room by popping you through the window.  You have stood in a river.  You would always hang out with me at pretty much every job I ever held.  We have slept in a car together when we had no place to live.
I decided to get a private cremation, Thunder.  Soon, though your soul won’t be in them, I am going to get your ashes in a beautiful box with a plaque bearing your name.  I kept your collar too.  I didn’t think you would mind. 
I am going to miss you so much.  No dog can ever replace you.  Maggie misses you too by the way.  Heh.  I bet THAT surprised you, right?  Well, it’s true.  Frank misses you too.  But you already knew that.  If it wasn’t for you, I would have never met him.  Remember when he said that to you?  It’s true. 
I MISS YOU. 
Your loyal friend,
Melinda
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