Left us on December 15,
I said a final goodbye to
Leevie on Friday. I thought many times how I would act or feel on the
day I wish I never had to live through...and ya know what, nothing could
prepare me for the emotions I have running through me. If only I had
the chance to tell him what he meant to me, or how he made my heart smile
and all my troubles seemed so insignificant when he was around...I hope
he knew that.
I tried every day for nine years to show him how much he meant to me.
I went without before he did and personally, I would not have it any
other way. To some, he was just another horse, I'm sure, but I truly feel
that no matter who you are, you were touched by Leevie. His personality was
so unique. He always made you feel welcome with or without treat in
I was never so proud then when I was walking by his side and never
so secure then on his back. He taught me to be proud and trusting.
He had me from the first day I laid eyes on him and I never loved him
less, just more and more with each passing day.
He took care of everyone that was on his back. And the day I watched
him shine in the ring with Alesha was a dream come true. He accomplished
so much and went through so much in his lifetime. I just hope that his
time with me was as fulfilling as my time with him.
These past few months, his
health was so questionable. I did everything I could to try to figure
out what was happening to my best friend. I could not let him go. I could
not let him leave me. What would I be without my partner in crime...my
shadow...my pal? On Friday, the decision that I could never make was
made for me and I will never forget the loss I felt. A part of me he took
and pictures and memories are just a filler for the hole he has left in my
heart. He has left me with a lot of pain, but he is painfree,
and as always, his happiness comes first.
I will never forget him and the time we had. I wish that bond between horse
and rider to all that have a horsey pal. There is no better feeling.
Now I look down the aisle and that beautiful, yet mischievious, face is no
longer looking back. I take a moment to wipe my tears, but yet, as
time goes by, the smile will emerge from the sadness. Because I was
blessed to have such a wonderful friend. And every day of those eight wonderful
years, he put a smile on my face, and that, my friends, is a gift.
Rest in peace, my "Stinky" pal.