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However, our life was changed in 2009 when we adopted a nine year old dog from an elderly family member. She was our first family dog.
The biggest reason we never committed to owning a dog in the past was the realization that a dog was very much like raising a child: As dog owners already know, they require a great deal of attention and of course, there's a lot of work involved.
Having raised many kids, we knew only too well what the demands were, and until we could fully commit for the sake of the dog, we would never just casually jump into dog ownership.
Our precious dog was called to doggie heaven earlier this year (2015). She was elderly and it was her time, but that didn't make one speck of difference, the pain of losing her was fierce.
We were all present with her as she underwent the procedure to end her suffering. There were seven of us with her; my husband and I, our four sons and our second son's girlfriend.
My second son insisted that we all be there for her, he said "she deserved that, she gave us unconditional love for five years" ... he said, "we owe her our presence during her hour of need". I'm not kidding you, that's how he put it. Although I was moved by what he said, I told him it was up to each person whether they could deal with seeing her lose her life, and in the end, everyone decided they could handle it, and everyone wanted to be there, for her.I called the boys and my husband from the Pet Hospital to let them know it was time, and they showed up with an ice-cream from Dairy Queen for her as a final treat. Still breaks me up to think of that.
For those who've been through this, you know only too well how brutal it is. I have never seen so many grown men cry at one time. We went through two boxes of tissue. We stayed in that room with
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Our 'girl dog' (my nickname for her sometimes), made everyone smile. As soon as the boys walked through the front door, they called her and she'd come running and barking and that tail would always be wagging. She was loving, and gentle. She was the boss. She had all the power. And everyone loved that. That little Shih-Tzu taught us what it means to love a dog.
When she passed, I couldn't sit at home and work for at least three days. She was my sidekick, and was very attached to me. Wherever I was in the house, you could pretty much count on finding her close by. She slept in her doggie bed while I worked. She was a sweet girl, I miss her.
The day she left us, not one of us could be in the house. We all headed to the arena to watch two of the boys play hockey. Sitting in that house without her on that first day, may qualify as one of the emptiest feelings we've felt. We couldn't get out of there fast enough.
Every time I lose a Dog .... not sure we could go through that again.
This Christmas coming up will be our first in five years without our girl-dog romping through the holiday wrappings. But we know she'll be running around spreading doggie love in heaven this Christmas.
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