You were the dog that nobody wanted. You’d been waiting a year to find your forever home and it just never came. You were the old, fat, mean Greyhound and we were your only hope. You and Willow got off to a really rough start, and we weren’t sure it was going to work out. But we poured all of our love into you, and taught you that you didn’t have to be afraid. You didn’t have to be scared and lash out. This was your safe space, and you mattered. Ever so slowly, you began to believe it, too. You started asking for love, because we told you you deserved it, and you began to trust us and then, others. You asked for pets and belly rubs, and when we stopped, you would paw at us to say that you weren’t done yet. I miss your sleeping positions that brought endless laughter, and I hope someday to be able to laugh again at the photos we couldn’t resist capturing. I miss your inexhaustible supply of affection, tolerance, and love. You embodied kindness. You trusted us, and we worked so hard to earn it. I can’t help but feel we let you down in the end. Wolf, Willow, and I were so lucky to have you in our lives, and I am heartbroken that your story ended the way it did. I don’t know what else to say. I miss you, I love you, and I can only hope that someday our souls will meet again.
and then there were eight..
"Having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst." — Unknown
"Dirty Harry" July 29, 2009 - June 17, 2010.
On June 17 Rob and I made the difficult decision to escort Harry to the Rainbow Bridge. This never is an easy decision. While we're blessed to have 8 more fur kids living with us, all of us feel a deep sense of loss; a part of our heart is with Harry yet he lives on forever in our souls. Harry was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of cancer after having his spleen and a kidney removed. He recovered beautifully from the surgery with his last months on earth special for him and us. He was a most gentle and loving guy... he watched over us as well as our other "kids": Dino, Blue, Oscar, Amos, Sophie, Tres, Jaycee and Jazzlyn. Until we meet again sweet boy, fly free.