Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The past three days have been difficult. Sometimes finding the words to say is harder than it seems... so here we go.
First—I'm not going to go into details—but for reasons that I won't explain, we don't have Twiggy anymore. It's heartbreaking. I hesitated even putting it out there at all, but I just wanted to let you know that you won't be seeing her big blue eyes around this space anymore. I hope you can understand that I don't want to go into it, out of respect for our family and for the breed. We miss her so much.
Second, this morning I held our family beagle, Tally Ho, as she passed away. My mom and I stroked her fuzzy head through our tears while she took her last breath. She was 16 years old and she was a faithful and loving family dog to us. The bottom right photo of her is sitting in a frame on my desk—a gift I received this morning from my mom—and I smile each time I look at it.
Tally Ho was "that doggy" in the window of the pet shop that we pleaded for day after day. Tally Ho was the dog who sprinted out the door any chance she could just to go smell the neighborhood and live it up. Tally Ho was the dog who escaped into the fields behind our house in Oklahoma and came home covered in ticks, happy as can be. Tally Ho was the dog who curled up in the bend of my legs each night to sleep. Tally Ho was our dog, our little beagle, our furry friend.
This week I said "goodbye" to Tally Ho and Twiggy, both members of our family. Saying goodbye to Tally, though, was also knowing that her suffering was over. I said goodbye to her frail body, but in exchange now have 16-years of wonderful, cuddly, warm memories to hold tight to when I miss her.
Tally Ho, rest in peace little lady. Now you get to be with your buddy Scooter (brown schnauzer in the top left photo), and play and wrestle forever. We love you & miss you.
// MORE SAUCE