Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This year I am thankful to have all of you in my life. I am thankful for Dena, lord knows she puts up with a lot. I'm thankful for the health of my kids and also my family. Without them, there wouldn't be much.
So to all my friends and family: Happy Thanksgiving. May you all live in peace, health and love.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

May she rest in peace

This one is a little sad so you may not want to read it. I need to take a few minutes of time here and get some of this out. I'm sure most of you know that we had to put our dog Copper to rest today. She was 14, arthritic, and was getting to the point where she could barely stand up on her own and it was difficult for her to stand for more than a few seconds at a time.
What is so amazing to me though is how quickly she deteriorated. She has been kind of gimpy since we got her almost 5 years ago. If we took her for a walk that was too long, or anything like that she would spend the rest of the day paying for it by not really being able to move much. But within the last 3 weeks she lost 17 pounds and looked so terrible. Her fur was starting to fall out in large clumps and she just never seemed comfortable. Except for last night. I got home from work and laid down with her. We had a nice little talk and I explained to her (more for me) what was going to happen today. She has always seemed to understand me when I talked to her so it was no real surprise when by the end of our talk she was very relaxed and asleep on my arm. It's that time with her that will live with me. All the times that she would greet me at the door. Or stand in front of me. Or when she would go out and plop down in the cool grass and dance back and forth scratching herself.
Why is it that doing the right thing, hurts so much?

Rest in peace Copper dog. We love you. We always will.