A year ago today I lost my bestfriend. Not a day goes by when I don't miss him terribly. He was my compass for so long that the mood of my day was decided by his ultimate happiness and comfort. The hardest day of my life was coming to the decision that he was ready to move on. That little dude held on as long as he could, I'm convinced for me. On his last day we hugged, licked, cried, celebrated with steak and champagne, and when the time finally came I wrapped my little man in my arms and told him how much he had meant to me, how much I loved him with all my heart, how sorry I was if I kept him around longer than I should, and then finally I whispered to my little guy that I was going to be ok and that it was time for him to let go and rest. God, the pain and tears of that moment still hurt. I ran out the next day and tattooed that day onto my arm so I would never forget his life or the day he left. 8-27-14 Meatball helped me grow up in a business where at times that is difficult. He helped me learn what unconditional love was and I will forever be grateful to him for his beautiful companionship. He touched so many lives over the years and so many people loved him. He was an amazing soul and he made me feel loved every day of his fantastic life. This little dog who I adopted off of death row, that everyone else had given up on, was the best thing that ever happened to me and he taught me so many things about life but ultimately he forced me to live. That's the thing about death, you never really get over it, you realize that the loss will always be a part of who you are from that moment on. Instead you live with that loss and you live to the best of your ability as long as you can in their honor because they loved you and you carry them in your heart forever. He would be proud of the way I'm living my life. I'm so thankful he blessed me with his. Thank you for reading. I cried my way through writing it. Go out today and love with all your heart, maybe adopt a pet somebody else gave up on. It may just be the best thing you ever do! #RIPMeatball We Miss you and I love you.