Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 22, 2016 - It Is Hard To Say Good-Bye

February 22, 2016, at 2:22 PM this afternoon, our sweet Dozer crossed over the rainbow bridge.  :(

He woke us up early this morning with a very sad, barely audible bark.  Dozer had not barked in over a week, and this bark was like nothing I had ever heard before.  I rushed downstairs to check on him, and he looked so sick.  Jack carried him outside to take care of business, and after he did, poor pup collapsed right into the mess.  I was devastated.  We cleaned him up and brought him inside, and I knew right then and there that it was time to let him go.  The paralysis was spreading to his front legs. Thankfully, Jack was off from work, Garrett was just around the corner, and ironically, Blake had stayed home from school today.

It was such a beautiful day too.  We sat outside with him for a few moments to say goodbye before the boys took him to the vet.  It was like he knew, and he was completely calm about it.  The vet was very surprised that Dozer lived past 12 years of age as that is very rare for his breed.  That did not makes us feel much better. I could not be with him when he was put down, but thankfully, Jack, Garrett, and Blake were at his side.  Garrett said Dozer looked at each one of them one last time as if to say "all is well," and within 30 seconds, he was gone.

We were all very worried about Blake.  Dozer has been Blake's best friend for the last 12 years, 1 month and 6 days.  Blake has cried a lot, we all have, but I am very proud of Blake.  He did not leave his buddy's side.

Blake and I enjoyed some amazing adventures with Dozer in the past two months.  We are very thankful for every single one of them.

Garrett was pretty devastated too.  :(
And the sky tonight was stunning.  As if Dozer hung the moon and stars for us on his way over the rainbow bridge.
Tonight I have avoided going downstairs.  Dozer was always laying at the foot of the stairs, and I was always fussing at him to move as it was hard to step over him.  Tonight we have all said we wish we could fuss at that big old bag of fluff just one more time.

We will miss him...

And thank you so much for the lovely gift Genevieve!  It is perfect, and we appreciate it so much. We love you, honey.

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.


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