She was the best dog a family could ever hope for. We got her when she was 10 weeks old. It was love at first sight. We were at our church picnic and she came with the family who owned her mother, Minnie. We were not in the market for a dog at the time but like I said, it was love at first sight. My husband wasn't with us that day as he wasn't feel very well. We asked the family who had her if she was for sale. Yes. Could we take her overnight to show my husband and bring her back tomorrow? Sure. Game over. She never went back. She was destined to live with our family. We took her upstairs to our livingroom where my DH was resting on the couch. We set her on his chest and her bring brown eyes captivated his heart and he also fell in love. And she was ours.
I don't think people who are not 'dog people' really understand how they become such an integral member of the family. They love you unconditionally. They always greet you with so much enthusiasm that they can lift your day from humdrum to happy. They live to please you. And Sara did all of this and more.
We moved to acreage when she was about 5 years old. We used to tease that she was saying "I'm a FARM dog now!". She would chase deer out of the yard with great zeal. She was a dog with a job and she took it seriously. She loved to be outside with my DH when he was working on the property. With ample sunny spots she'd find her favourite and 'rest a spell', or cool her warm tummy on the shady grass in the orchard.
To say we will miss her is an understatement. It's been less than 24 hours and her presence is missed more than words can tell. And yes, she was 'just' a dog, but to us she was family. We loved her dearly. She loved us and brought much joy to our family. And now she is gone and we grieve.
|The last cuddle before we say goodbye.|
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Sara. Our pets are family...ReplyDelete
thank you for your kind words.Delete
So Sad. Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Sara.ReplyDelete
thank you Ann.Delete
My heart is heavy for you! We love our fur babies ~ReplyDelete
Thank you Pokey.Delete
It is the final act of kindness when a responsible owner must help their beloved pet over the Rainbow Bridge. While I am sorry for your loss, I admire your actions of mercy. When you get to Heaven yourself, be sure that you have a big pocketful of treats for your reunion.ReplyDelete
Vic, thank you so much. It was terribly hard but I do believe dogs go to heaven and that we will see her again. Hugs.Delete
I'm so sorry for your loss. They are so important to us.ReplyDelete
She was lucky to have such a loving home for all the days of her life, and what a gift that is.
Thank you Dawn. And we were so fortunate to have had her in our life for 15 years. Bless you.Delete
Both your pooch and the family were lucky to love each other. Nice story.ReplyDelete