On the bus about to start this Journey. 2 days from now I’ll be in Kansas. Next stop, Richmond. Don’t stop believin. I love you guys. Carry on my wayward son. There’ll be peace when you are done. Her still, quiet body was in stark contrast to her life. Matilda was all the things people don’t like about cattle dogs… obnoxious, demanding, intense, aloof, strong willed, unsocial to other dogs and people (especially to men). She was hard to take out in public. I should have hated her… should have given her back to the rescue… but I didn’t. We tangled more times than I care to remember. I have scars and lost blood to show for it. She was just plain nasty.
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There is something about these dogs… their “bad to the bone”ness. They are fiercely loyal. I could stand in my front yard with her with no collar. There she would be next to my leg without my saying anything as if to say, “you tangle with her, you tangle with me… we are the same”. I loved her tenacity and grit. She was ever vigilant. Relentless in the fight called life. That is what I loved about her… about these dogs. Only cattle dog owners can understand and appreciate. I carried her out as I promised her I would. The only time Matilda allowed me to carry her. She rode with her head on my leg wrapped in a baby girl pink blanket to be cremated.
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The only other color befitting her being royal purple. She has broken my heart. I will grieve deeply this one. Our mortal time was short. If I blessed her at all, it was an ending of love and acceptance. A day with Jared Padalecki carry on my wayward son there’ll be peace when you are done shirt. Going down easy and drifting away to the ethers. Two days too soon rather than two days too late. I look forward to the time we meet again… sparring in remembrance but laughing this time at the foolishness of it all. Rest now… you deserve your peace at last. Save me a place. I will join you soon enough.
As I left the vet’s office with her a long ago song by Kansas came on~~ carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done… lay your weary head to rest, don’t you cry no more… Now your life’s no longer empty, surely heaven waits for you… How cool is that! I can still smell her. I am so, so sorry. And I know how much she meant to you. She loved you as much as you, her. The challenging ones are the ones that stay in our hearts in ways that few understand. Godspeed Mathilda. Hope you love this Jared Padalecki carry on my wayward son there’ll be peace when you are done shirt.