PCT: Wooden Bridges and Buddy

Noelle here:

Steve does a great job of writing daily. Me not so much, as I seem to cover more of the major events on my mind through out the week. One of my recent highlights surrounded the grieving of our good, best friend, Buddy. Oh how I miss his tiny little face, his furry kisses, his bouncy smile, his companionship.

For the first week or so of our trek, I carried his purple dinosaur. Heck, I slept with it for weeks! But I got a little consumed with the fear of losing it, so when we met up with Danielle and Fam, they took it home for safe keeping.

We made the decision to let him go, before we began to hike. Our friends were planning to keep him, so he definitely had a place to stay, but in our hearts we knew it was our responsibility to do right by him.

Buddy loved it when we moved downtown. He had zero stairs, we walked down the hall to a dog balcony for the bathroom and it was literally like he moved to assisted living. He perked up like a puppy! I would try to get him to walk up one flight of stairs to the gym and he would stand in front of the elevator, refusing to move!

But then his age caught up. He was getting confused, sometimes just going in the closet to stand for a while. Sometimes he didn’t recognize us. Sometimes he asked for his dinosaur like it was on the bed and he couldn’t reach it, but really it was right next to him and he didn’t know. He was exhausted after family and friend get togethers. Very exhausted after playing with his friends Ava and Stella. And a growth started between his eyes. He pawed at it a lot. The vet scraped it off. We chose not to get the test, but the vet said if it grew back it was likely cancer. It did grow back. Buddy pawed at it till it bled.

All this to say, we knew his time was very short. We knew we needed to love him enough to let him go. It broke us both.

So what does this have to do with hiking and wooden bridges? We passed a couple one morning this week. They were awesome.

And then we came around a bend and saw the Rainbow Bridge. I just started bawling. We could see it for about a half mile.

I cried the whole way to it. It’s hard to tell but it’s multi colored and is actually named The Rainbow Bridge.

We decided it was the perfect place to leave part of Buddy’s ashes. We stood in the middle and said another goodbye. We still have one more small part and will carry him along with us. He’s in our hearts. He’s on our minds. We love you and miss you, Buddy The Dog McGarvey.

9 thoughts on “PCT: Wooden Bridges and Buddy

  1. Liz from Fresno Retro May 10, 2019 — 6:24 am

    It’s so hard to say goodbye to our “furry” family members. So sweet that you placed some of his ashes on this momentous journey, and he is with you as you reflect upon the joyous memories he brought you. May you continue to be safe. Blessings. I love the bridges!!❤️

  2. CAROL KRAJEWSKI May 10, 2019 — 9:04 am

    That post is beautiful, sorry for your loss ….. we can relate to your pain

  3. margiemcgarvey May 10, 2019 — 11:50 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Buddy. I was not aware that he had passed. He was such a good dog. When I read this at work, it started to make me 😢. My heart goes out to you both. I’ll never forget his furry little face. 😘

    Love you both. Margie

  4. Danielle Collins May 10, 2019 — 12:47 pm

  5. The bittersweet tapestry of life, joy entwined with sorrow…

    1. not sure why my last comment came out as anonymous…

  6. My heartfelt sympathies – we had to put our darling Squeaker cat (she squeaked when she purred) down last year. 18 years she had with us, and I still miss her so much. But how special to find the Rainbow Bridge on your hike, and what a perfect place to leave some of Buddy’s ashes!!

  7. I didn’t know Buddy passed before you left. I’m snuggling Buster and reading this aloud to Brady, and crying. I’m sorry for your loss. What an amazing place to remember Buddy. Love you both. So proud of you for this incredible journey you are on. You’re getting stronger every day, you can read it in these posts!

    1. Thank you Ashley. It was an amazing place to remember Buddy, Stealer of our Hearts! Love you both too!

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