Change is inevitable. While I am a person who thrives on change, this type of change hurts and brings with it the fear of the unknown and dread.
The past few days the matriarch of our family is starting to show signs that he is not going to be with us forever. He is 14 1/2 and we have had him since he was about 9 weeks old. Our children know no other life than that with their dog Riley. Riley has been the most wonderful farm dog you could ask for. He is a faithful companion, loving friend and fixture in every aspect of our lives.
It’s hard to explain what a dog brings to your life especially one that was perfect from the start and never brought anything but joy and companionship.
I am hoping he perks up and things settle down in his tummy over the next few days but reality is staring me down and I need to be strong for my children. And while I know it’s the circle of life, I am not ready for the 2 ends of that circle to meet. I can only hope for a little more time.