Thursday, November 2, 2017

Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, in English) is a Mexican celebration of one's ancestors on November 1 and 2.  It is believed "that the gates of Heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours.  On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities..."  source

I bought this little figure at Target last month.

I take time during Day of the Dead to remember and celebrate the critters that have been part of our family and have passed on.  Each is precious.

Murphy, the gentle giant who taught me to love dogs.

Cindy.  Still my best Christmas present ever.

Amy.  Barn cat, turned house cat, born deaf ... and she never knew that that was supposed to be a handicap.

Emma.  The precious soul who started my journey into the wonderful world of Greyhounds.

Maggie.  My miracle survivor cat.  The friendliest cat ever.

Daniel.  The dog who picked me.  

Kimba.  The Queen of Hartwood.

... and Winnie.  What can I say about this wonderful little dog ... I adored her.

I gathered these photos of some of my precious critters, and each of them made me smile.  Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.  I remember each of them with love, and joy, and I am grateful for their presence in our family.

On this final day of Dia de los Muertos, take a moment to remember your precious loved ones, whether they're human or otherwise.  Be still, and I'll bet you can feel them nearby.
If you'd like to read a lovely, short article about Day of the Dead, click HERE.


  1. Beautiful pictures of beloved friends. I can tell they all lived a life where they were appreciated and loved.

    1. Thank you! All of our critters are spoiled, and they return the love many times over. I can't imagine home without pets.

  2. Thank you for this lovely, lovely post! I got a little teary over your very sweet pictures and reminiscing over my own departed pets. A wonderful remembrance indeed. We have been truly blessed!

    1. You're welcome ... I'm glad you liked it. It takes a bit of time for the sting of loss to subside, and for fond remembering to take over. Each of these sweet souls is a gift that we hold in our hearts forever.

  3. Love your Day of the Dead dog, that is so cute. - What a sweet tribute to all your furry friends who have passed on. I lost touch with your blog last year due to switching ISP providers and was not aware that Winnie had passed on. I am so sorry to hear the news. She was so cute.


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