The theme for this week’s #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge is “Friend“. We are doing something a little different today. For the first 50 weeks of this challenge, I have shared photos that I took myself, most especially for this challenge. Today I’m sharing a photo taken OF me a couple of years ago by a friend. I did do some editing of it but that was it.
This is me holding my close friend Sheryl’s little dog Benji. We shared Benji on the blog exactly one month ago as one of two adorable “blondies”, one canine and one feline, for our very first Friday Family & Friends post.
Sadly, little Benji passed away less than two weeks ago. His illness came on suddenly with difficulty breathing and the hope was that he had treatable bronchitis. But when medications were no help another x-ray revealed that his lungs were filled with cancer. His breathing difficulties were getting worse and she made the painful decision to help him to the Rainbow Bridge.
We got this news just days before learning that our own Sheba’s lumps she had removed were cancerous. This serves to remind me just how blessed we are to be getting more time with Sheba. Sheba’s brother and littermate Moses also passed on from cancer, also quite suddenly, so we know just how devastating that is.
So today, I am thinking of my friend and her whole family, and how much we are all going to miss one of her best friends. I hope this photo brings a happy memory to her, and a smile through her tears.
Thank you to the The Lazy Pit Bull for hosting the #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge. You can also visit other participants through the links below.