Dexter is one of 100 Stories.
He and his person met on a blind date, as she called it. He was on Petfinder looking for a family and had no profile photo. Although he was only six months old, he had lived most of his life in a backyard.
She took him home; they became family.
This is the part where you may want to have tissues handy.
In Dexter's lifetime he experienced many health challenges, and when he was four he died from an especially severe case of pneumonia.
She credits Dexter for the valuable lessons she learned while they lived together. Family is everything. A peaceful warrior is the most fierce. Joy matters. Humor and grace are strengths, not weaknesses.
I have the honor of listening to dozens of these stories every year, and I marvel at the intensity and purity of these relationships. This is an incredible love.
Dexter's poem was especially personal and powerful (I cry every time I read it, but that's not saying much). Like most of the other poems from 100 Stories, it is deeply personal and it doesn’t feel right to share it.
Dexter was a part of the 100 Stories project, which was a limited edition offer that ended January 2019. Pop art remains available in wall art sizes, and poetry is also available.
I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.