The time has come and if you are an animal lover you know this time is inevitable. Regardless, it tears you apart inside and tests your strength. Tomorrow we will say goodbye to our beloved Riley. We have had 14 1/2 years of love and devotion with him and it’s time to let him go with dignity and no suffering. It’s times like these that make me realize I am not as strong as I think I am. But for all he’s given to us, I will give him all that I have so he’s at peace and not afraid. We have a wonderful service here called Laps of Love and they will come right to the house so he can be comfortable in his own home surrounded by our love.
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.
Riley showing the new puppy the ropes around the farm
Meeting the newest member of our family in 2012
Warming his bones while waiting for Santa
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.