Stitched Portrait of our Beloved Mina by Rocket Full of Pie

On December 19, 2016 I posted on Instagram about the one year anniversary of my dog Mina’s passing. My Instagram friend Eleri of @rocketfullofpie read my post, and was moved by my story. She reached out to me and offered to stitch up a portrait of Mina. I have long admired her stitching style, and I jumped on her offer. I decided not to tell my husband about it – I wanted him to be surprised. Mina was originally his dog, and he brought her into our relationship. Mina and I formed a very strong bond with each other, and she quickly became “our” dog.

Today Eleri posted about Mina on her blog Rocket Full of Pie and included in progress as well as finished shots. Not only is Eleri a phenomenal embroidery artist, but she has a beautiful way with words. I started to cry shortly after reading her kind words about Mina and me. Todd and I still miss Mina so much! Our hearts don’t hurt quite as much as they did in those first few months, but now we’re able to smile when we say her name and reminisce about her instead of being sad.

Thank you so much Eleri! This kindness you did for us will never be forgotten. I feel so lucky to have such an amazing friend, though we haven’t {yet} met in real life <3

I never did post about Mina’s passing on December 19, 2015 or the bucket list we created for her in her last two weeks of life. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life, but I’ll save that for another time. Here is the picture and caption I posted on Instagram that day.

Mina crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully today, Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm while Todd and I told her how much we loved her, and what a good dog she is. Her final breath was taken after Todd told her he loved her so much, and I told her it was okay to let go. Thank you so much to Dr. Amy for helping us with this, and being here for us during the hardest thing we've had to do as a couple, and making Mina's passing so peaceful. Thank you to All Paws for taking good care of her on her final journey. And thank you to my parents Bruce and Linda for being here for us and offering emotional support. Thank you to everyone who has offered us words of love, compassion, and support during this difficult time. Words can't take the pain away, but they are a step towards healing our hearts. #rainbowbridge #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbullsofig

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