I posted about a week ago that Boo, my 19 year-old cat died. Nineteen years is a long time to share with another creature, and loss is painful. If you’ve ever had pets, you’ve almost certainly gone through it.
Another blogger lost her best buddy not too long ago. Brigid lost her black Lab, Barkley back in February after almost eleven years.
Each of us deals with loss in different ways. I’ve been blogging for a bit more than eleven years now, but I’m a good technical writer. Anything other than posting an announcement of his passing is pretty much beyond me.
I’ve been reading Brigid since she started blogging. To deal with her loss, she wrote The Book of Barkley, and it is everything she is online and more. It is the story of her life and the portion she shared with Barkley. Brigid is an artist. Words are her medium. She paints with them – still lifes, landscapes, and sweeping frescoes of words. Some are dark, some are cheerful, some are funny and some are startlingly beautiful and poignant.
She has used the proceeds from the sales of her book to help other bloggers, donate to Lab Rescue, and help out her dad who is 94 and in poor health. Want a good book? Pick it up on Amazon or wherever good books are sold online.