Two weeks ago marks one year since I first published Hope In Every Raindrop. And though sometimes it brings me more pain than joy, I wanted to share a few pictures of the dog the inspired this book: my best friend, Pace.
I’ve talked about Pace before, even recounted her entire story. But I’m not going to talk about her much today, instead I’m going to show a few of my most memorable days with her.
Hiding behind daddy
When Pace was young she trusted very few people. She spent a lot of her time hiding behind me, especially around anyone new.
Enjoying the beach
This was the very first time I ever took a dog to the beach, and the first time Pace played in the water. I can still remember that day vividly.
Posing for Christmas photos
I never enjoyed Christmas photos, unless I got to take them with Pace.
Meeting one of my best friends
I’m about 5′-8″ with a “big” dog, while my buddy is about 6′-5″ with a “little” dog. Love the juxtaposition, and miss the good times.
Playing ball in my Tampa apartment
Every single day after work we went for a walk, and played ball, or wrestled in the house.
Her version of sock puppets
Sometimes I’d be reading in the bed, and I’d look down to find her with one of my socks pulled all the way over her nose. I have about three other photos just like this, haha.
Sharing my favorite past time with her
I know it’s not original, but I loved running with Pace.
And then getting a little something to drink
We all need water…right?
Dog selfie about five years before selfies become popular. We’re trail blazers!
Just having fun
I still miss just playing with her.
I still think about her
I feel embarrassed to admit that I still think about Pace almost daily, as if I’m not supposed to miss a dog this much.
But I guess the saying is true.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever, the same.
If you want to see more pictures of Pace’s family, you can see all 32 dogs from Hope In Every Raindrop here.
I’m sure many of you have (or have had) a best friend like Pace. I’d love to hear about him or her in the comments below.