Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Neil Gaiman's Dog

I don’t know Neil Gaiman although I am an admirer of his writings. In addition to marvelous books, stories and comics, he is also the author of a brilliant blog. (http://journal.neilgaiman.com) Through the past years, I have become familiar with this blog, especially those posts devoted to his dog Cabal. Such a beautiful dog, his spirit was shown through pictures and stories of his escapades. Cabal passed away this week after some struggles with aging. There is a heartfelt post detailing this on Neil’s blog and I haven’t ever cried so much for a creature I never knew owned by a person I haven’t met. We are all so blessed with these animal companions that somehow find their special person to bond with in us. I have been privileged to be the special person to Bailey and Samm and Glory and Skoshi and George. All passed but never forgotten. And I am still the special person to Kirby and India and Buffy. Each the dearest of friends, they have been great gifts in my life and I hope to know many more before I too pass into other realms of existence, realms that no doubt are vastly populated by kindred animal spirits. So Neil, I am truly sorry for your loss and I am sorry for all our losses yet I wouldn’t give any of them up for all the world because they are what makes the world worth living. The love lives on forever.


  1. It's entirely your fault that I went over to Neil's blog and read that post. Although it was sad he wasn't with his beloved dog at the end, it was so heartening to me that this dog had years of love and companionship rather than being alone at the end of a chain that I felt a sense of completeness. The best grief is mourning what has been our joy, and that's what Cabal had been to Neil. As it should be.

    1. Love the line "The best grief is mourning what has been our joy." Beautiful!!