Today we will have to take the heartbreaking move of putting our 16.5 year old Thea to sleep. It has been awhile coming with more fragility and senility, eating rocks, trash! My favorite was when I turned to see her standing on the actual dishwasher to sneak tidbits. She manifested tumors in 2015 when my cancer came back. She has laid by me through almost every nap. And she has given us such unconditional love. I would like to believe we will find each other again.
Creighton and I adopted her from Pets Unlimited/SPCA when he returned from Iraq and before we had Will. She was our both feet in commitment to the next phases of grown up life. In the early years she was happy walking 6-10 miles a day. She stayed fast and perky until about April.
My mom always says that dogs show us life on fast forward. We watch their bodies transform at the end as they lose eyesight, hearing, experience senility. True for Thea but she still. Enjoyed the garden and her walks until almost the end. I will miss her so very much. She has been such a spirit lifter for me during cancer both times. So if you see any of us crying on the fly please know that is why. It is the end of an era and, as other dog lovers will know, a deeply sad goodbye.