Christmas seems to be a tough time in my household. Traditionally its all about the birth of Jesus, the winter solstice, or simply a time to show your appreciation of your loved ones and friends with gifts, but in our household it has come to symbolize a time of loss or tribulation.
My humans lost their beloved Nakidka near Christmas in 2000.
The Bionic Hip puppy, Sam, became the Spineless Bionic Hip puppy Sam on Christmas day 2006.
This year, we've all lost a good friend and fellow HULA operative Opy.
I first "met" Opy through the Interwebs in 2006. A stunning black lab named after the multimillionaire television talk show host, Opy was just as rich and generous as her namesake, not in money, but in love and commitment to her friends.
During my first blogathon, Opy and Charlie stayed up with me all night and helped me with material and moral support. They even made me a cool button to use for Blogathon 2007, and once again stayed up with me to help me stay awake when the human woman conked out early.
Opy and Charlie (with the help of their humans) created Dogs With Blogs, which not only allowed dogs from all over the world to connect and network, but also helped raise money for poor dogs all over the place that couldn't afford computers... or just needed some kind of help.
Through their site I was able to make even more friends and cultivate more HULA operatives and learn a thing or two. One of the most important things about Dogs With Blogs is that although a dog's life may be short (compared to a human life-span) their blog lives on long after they are gone, they continue to live through their words and pictures, and therefore they live on in our hearts.
Opy and Charlie started a movement. Bringing together the dog blogging community and leaving an everlasting footprint on the interwebs for others to sniff out later, and relive the lives of good dogs who were loved, who loved their humans, and bring a smile to someone's face, long after those footprints have been walked.
We'll miss you Opy. Forever in our hearts, until we meet again... across the Rainbow Bridge.