Scarlett, the inspiration behind the book, now has her own spot at Rainbow Bridge Online, a growing online pet loss support community. I am reposting the story on her profile here, but you may follow the link which will be posted below and check out her little section of Rainbow Bridge. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments, but also remember that it is supposed to be a respectful space.
Scarlett was….different. My mother and I visited the animal shelter probably about 7-8 times looking for a dog to adopt. We took my sister once.
We went into the small dog/puppy room and in the corner was a pile of black puppies….except for the one at the very top who was very red. She was right on top of the pile as if she owned it (and she did rest assured). My sister picked her. We were on our way home trying to figure out what to name her and after looking at her reddish fur, Scarlett was what we came up with. My mother said, “your dog, your responsibility.”: I was about 14 years of age.
As Scarlett grew her personality became that of a dog that, unlike all of the other dogs I knew, was not a people pleaser. She didn’t do anything that didn’t have anything in it for her. I did everything I could for her, including taking on her training. The obedience trainer could not believe that I had decided to do it either. I was the youngest one in the obedience class (amongst the humans at least). As Scarlett grew she grew to also be a dog that did not like strangers, as much as we tried to socialize her. I used to joke, “if my dog don’t like you, I don’t like you. And she don’t like anybody!”
She was my best friend.
On January 3, 2015 she left for Rainbow Bridge and I fulfilled a promise. For when I brought her home I made a promise that I would be there, and I was. And she was there for me as well, in the way that all of our animal friends are. When she passed I didn’t know what to do. All of a sudden, there was an empty space…a Scarlett sized space where she normally would have been. I had no outlet for my grief really, although I do admit that I had as a great of a support system as anyone could ask for. All of my friends were animal lovers and of course my family was right there too and so there was no one there to judge. But I still didn’t know what to do. Finally, a friend of mine who is very talented published her first children’s book. I had always heard that writing and art were great for helping with finding an outlet for your feelings and so I decided to give it a try as well. I ended up self-publishing a little book called The Tail of Scarlett which can be purchased through Amazon and was published through an online publishing platform called CreateSpace. It helped TREMENDOUSLY, and I have been so glad that it has also helped a few others as well.
In June of 2016, I headed to the animal shelter again, finally deciding that I was ready and now I have a new man in my life. His name is Pilot (he’s @pilottheflyingace on Instagram by the way. Please give him a follow). And as I was carrying him out of the shelter wrapped up in a blanket that he still sleeps with almost every night, I made a promise:
I’ll be there for ya buddy.
You may find the link to Scarlett’s Rainbow Bridge profile here.
You may purchase a copy of The Tail of Scarlett here. Proceeds made from purchases of the book will be donated to the Douglas Co., GA. Animal Shelter.