My Zippy Dog, Ripley
by Joy Marley
My dear friend came to live with me at about 6 weeks of age, having been abandoned in the woods. For nearly 16 years, she kept me daily company, eased me through a long illness, soothed me through a divorce and children graduating and leaving home, all manner of hardships and fears and worries.
She accompanied me daily to the mailbox, hiked up hillsides at my side, slept beside me in our tent, shared my love of the forest and waterfalls and ocean, cared for stray puppies, warned me of strangers and dangers.
She never failed in her sincerity and honesty, and her love for me burned hot and true. Always, when I stretched out a hand, her soft furry head was beneath it; her spirit always lifted mine.
She went on before me recently through that door to eternity... I love her with all my heart and always will.