I believe there are only two types of people. Dog people or cat people. We are the former. I have nothing against the cat people- many of my friends are. It’s just that I’m allergic. And get hives. Sneezing and itching is NOT the best feeling ever.
Dogs have an innocence about them. They are the ones who wag their tales in the morning, and get excited when you come through the door. They love you regardless of who you are.
In December 1999, Mr 29 brought me the best Wedding present. Fact. My first dog, a 5 month old back miniature poodle. We had planned on calling him Bob, as in Marley, but he had been named George by his breeder and this suited him perfectly. He was to become my practice child. He was brought toys and sweets at every opportunity. He went to work with Mr 29 and stayed with relatives when we went on holiday- he was too posh for kennels!
Dogs are like flies on the wall in relationships. They are privy to all of the happy and sad times, the arguments and the very magical times. We were part of his life, and he was part of ours. He was there when we found out I was pregnant. Twice. He was there when we brought our babies home. He saw all the Things’ firsts. He was there for it all.
We had to say Goodbye to George at half past nine on Saturday morning. We supported the vet that it was for the best. And we know it was the right thing to do. He wasn’t happy anymore and when he was in pain we could not comfort him. Our heads know it was the right decision, every thought process I’ve had since still comes to this conclusion. It is our hearts that are in denial and disagree.
It’s a horrible feeling. I have never experienced this grieve before. My husband has outlived his childhood dogs, and warned me this day would come. Losing a dog sucks. Big time. It has only been 2 days, I am still having wobbly lip moments. We have been reminding ourselves of happier times and are thankful for our magical memories.
Although it may not feel very magical, I am linking this post to Magic Moments- hosted by Jaime at The Oliver’s Madhouse.