“And it is exceedingly short, his galloping life. Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old—or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give.” ― Mary Oliver - Dog Songs
2017 was a rough year for many of us and was particularly rough for Rivet & Roam - so it was almost fitting that the toughest blow happened on December 29th. We lost a very important member of the Rivet & Roam family. As Bill put it, Inga "sweetest, gentlest, and let’s be honest—prettiest part of our family." She was almost 15 and had been declining for the past 6 months or so but you can never be ready. Bill and I traveled back to Michigan for Xmas to see my family and we took Inga to Mountain Top Kennel for a week. They took great care of her while we were gone but we when we came to pick her up on the 29th, it was clear she was failing. I'm so incredibly thankful she hung on until we got back so we could say a proper goodbye. Our wonderful friends Vail and Greg at The Croft Farm knew how much Inga loved hanging out on the farm and had said months ago that when she passed, we could bury her on the farm. So on a surprisingly sunny December 30th, we buried Inga at The Croft and planted a pear tree in her honor. Just as we were finishing the burial, it started to rain and then the most insane rainbow appeared, along with two blue herons. It was heartbreaking and perfect.
A huge thank you to all our friends that have reached out with messages of love and support. We will miss our girl and thank you all for following along with our adventures with her.