Archive for March, 2013

A True Champion

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

There should be a rule against losing two lifelong companions in three weeks, but I’ve never been one to complain about the unfairness we inevitably encounter in life.  Champ was born about six months before Sis so it wasn’t totally unexpected that their deaths would be in fairly close proximity, but two dogs in three weeks.  Give me a break!!!  Champ’s eventual demise was very gradual over the last two or three years with the last few weeks of his life taking a steeper decline.  I was struggling tremendously with his end-of-life decision so I consulted some websites on pet euthanasia.  All of them said I would know when the time was right, and I should delay my decision until I was sure.  They gave a few examples of what might create a “right time” scenario, and Champ didn’t seem to fit any of them.  I should have had more faith in him because he let me know without a doubt when he could no longer answer the bell, and he went out like a true Champion. (more…)

Old Dogs, Old Men, and Lessons Learned

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The recent heavy snows took a toll at our house.  The sore muscles from shoveling the driveway numerous times to remove the 18+ inches of snow we received from back to back storms pales in comparison to the pain caused by the loss of our almost 16 year companion, Sis.  So if you don’t believe pets become a part of your family, you can stop reading now.  If you don’t think a devoted pet deserves a eulogy, this post isn’t for you.  If you don’t think animals can teach people valuable lessons, just move along because there’s nothing to see here.  If you think I can make this story humorous, you have more confidence in my writing skills than I do!

John had a couple of hunting dogs before Sis came along.  He had an extremely athletic Brittany spaniel with an amazing nose for birds whose hyperactivity forced John to learn all about electronic training collars just to gain a small measure of control.  He also had a German shorthair who couldn’t begin to find as many birds as the Brittany when they were hunting, but his unmitigated devotion to John was nothing short of amazing.

Lesson learned:  Even extremely willful creatures can be taught, but you must first get their attention, and determination and sacrifice can overcome a lack of natural talent.

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