Re: My Boy crossed the bridge today...
I lost my little guy yesterday. He was only 5 and a half but for the past year had a tendency to get into the garbage can and eat what was in there. He ended up eating a chicken carcass that we had cooked for dinner that day. He was fine for a day but ended up developing pancreatitis and we took him to the vet yesterday to get him treated. We left the vet hopeful that after a couple of days of treatment and we would have Palmer back to his old self. About 8 hours later at our daughters 1st birthday party we got the fateful call that Palmer had taken a turn for the worse and died.
My wife and myself have been a mess over the past 24 hours. We adopted Palmer from a shelter as a 6 week old puppy about 4 months before our wedding. We grew as a family together. Palmer taught us more and meant more to us than he ever knew. When we would fight he would hide under the desk. When we had a bad day at work he was there with a wagging tail to greet us as we walked though the door. Our family became the 3 of us and that became our identity. As a family we walked him more than any other dog in the neighborhood. When our daughter came along it became the 4 of us. My daughter loves to get Cheerio's on her tray and throw them to Palmer.
Most of all I think I will miss him greeting me at the garage door after a day of work. His excitement when we would say "walk" or "car ride." Just the everyday noises of a dog that you have grown accustomed to over the years you have had him. Part of me is upset that we only got 5 1/2 years with him but another part of me is happy that we were able to give him 5 1/2 years of our love. Everything was unexpected and we never were really able to give him a proper goodbye.
This thread made me smile and cry. Dogs (and pets in general) have a way of getting into our hearts. They make us smile and cry. They make us better people and ask for little in return. I will miss my little boy dearly and he will forever have a special place in my wive and my hearts.