Last friday, Bubba and I watched with tears running down our faces as our veterinarian administered a lethal dose of unknown chemicals to euthanize our beloved dog, Red. We buried her in the backyard the next evening as the sun dropped below the mountain tops. I have been a mess ever since. She was not just a dog. She was literally a best friend. She got up with us every morning, her little claws tick-tick-ticking on the wood floor in a prance. She stood watch all day either on the driveway, the front porch steps, or watching through the livingroom window on the back of the couch. She was the first out the door the minute we turned the key to greet us, and settled down into bed at the end of the day in the little bed we bought her the day we brought her home.
I found her… or she found me…. through Petfinder. I was absent mindedly looking for Brittany Spaniels and came across her picture. She is not anything even remotely like a Brittany Spaniel, but I knew when I saw her that she was the one I wanted.
She was a stray, in an animal shelter in TEXAS of all places. We’re in British Columbia, Canada…. so it wasn’t as if it was just a hop, skip and a jump away.
But I wanted her.
So we inquired about her, and with a little bit of paperwork and $$$, she was on a plane to us.
She was so small, and mangy, and scared… but by the time we got back home with her new bed she knew she was ours.
We picked her up on Rememberance Day, and in all of our first photos of her we are wearing poppies.
She rode in the back seat with our youngest daughter who was just six at the time.
She LOVED to splash along the water’s edge, fetching sticks. She didn’t swim, and didn’t really bring them back very well, but she had so much fun pretending.
I wish we would have taken her one last time. I wish I had taken more photos of her. I wish… I wish…. I wish.
Fast forward through twelve years of amazing memories and we were looking into the tired, pained eyes of a dog who had given her whole life and was suffering terribly from kidney failure and uremia. We all broke down when the vet suggested euthanasia as the only possible solution.
We were devastated. This was our BABY. She had been a part of every single happy memory we’d had as a family for over a decade. We spent every last moment that last day snuggling her, pettting her, smelling her soft fur as we bathed her in tears and whispered how much we loved her.
She didn’t flinch when the doctor gently shaved her leg and inserted the needle… and then in an instant she was gone.
Rest in Peace, Sweet baby Red. I will ALWAYS love you.
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