Gracie told me she was more than ok with changing the header image on this blog to honor her friend, and the world’s most joyful dog, Bally. I really don’t think I’ve ever met – or will ever meet – another dog as happy as Bally. Honestly, I don’t think it was possible for anyone who met her not to burst into giggles. Her joie de vivre was so contagious and sincere that I don’t even think the world’s most hardened, self-proclaimed dog hater could have done anything in her presence but fall in love with her.
For me, today started with learning that sad news that Bally’s long battle with her terrible illness was coming to an end. The day’s news got worse with the devastating story out of Boston. How do we go on when things seem so heartbreaking and we feel so helpless? I think we do so by remembering that there are good things in this world, in this life. One of those things that reminds me that life is good and worth living is the love of a wonderful dog. Rest, Bally. And thank you for letting us know you.