Saturday, March 31, 2012

What a Dog.....

Sixteen years is quite a while to spend with someone 
and be able to say that they've never disappointed you or brought anything negative into your life.  

Oh sure, I was exasperated with him more than once and challenged by his stubborn streak a few times but disappointed in him?  Never.

And his choices and actions have yet to give me one speck of sadness, worry or heartache.  What a difference that is from the emotionally charged relationships we have with human loved ones!  

I've often said that the little arrow on top of his head points the way for him.  
Straight ahead. 

Never one to back down or turn away, 
he'd forge ahead with his jaunty step under that white arrow,
 but in recent months he's increasingly unsure of his direction and wobbly. 
Snoozing under the card table

Joe and I have finally come to the decision that we need let him go 
and help that little arrow point him on a path to somewhere that we won't be following right away.   

We'll selfishly take another weekend to delay our heartache.  

Our family will be smaller by one member, 
but oh what a treasure this little bright-eyed fellow has been!  


8 comments:

  1. So hard to let a beloved pet go. :-(( Love his arrow, pointing to the straight and narrow. {{HUGS}}

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  2. Very difficult decision but one made with so much love. I'm glad we got to meet Mr. Big and hear some of the wonderful family stories.

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  3. i know your pain. i am sorry for it. but grateful you had 16 yrs. with this wonderful spirit.

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  4. It's so hard to say good bye to such faithful friends as dogs are. I've had to do it several times and it never gets any easier.
    Blessings to you in your decision

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  5. Grace, Joe the years pass so quickly, and our Mr. Biggs has been on the best journey with your Family. My heart aches for you both, I remember each loss, cherish the 16 years and the love and cuddles you have shared. Love you both Cathy

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  6. Grace, you're all in my thoughts and prayers. Although others come our way, each one can never be replaced. Love and hugs to Mr. Biggs.

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  7. Such a sweet fellow, much hugs to you as you say your goodbyes. It is the hardest decision, my heart breaks for you. We've had to do it a few times ourselves; he will always love you, as you will him. Peace in your decision.

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  8. I HATE FOR YOU TO HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE,MY HEART HURTS FOR YOU.I KNOW YOU WILL MISS HIM!I HATE TO SEE HIM GO.I TO HAVE HAD TO SAY GOODBYE AND ITS HARD.

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