It's been a long time coming. We've been expecting today for a year. But, knowing it's coming doesn't make it any easier to say good bye to a loved pet. And, today, we're going to say good bye to two.
These are the boys. I've had them for about 12 years. The pics are not new. They're from the old guy's better days. Today's pictures would look sad, and so I'm not planning to take any.
This is Willy. Willy is about 17 years old now. He was a very hard dog to get to know. Abused, he had no trust in people and growled and bit. Rob and I can both remember the first time he came and sat in our laps. We both had to ignore him for a while, and then, he just walked over and sat in my lap. And, when Rob and I started dating, the same thing happened to him. Rob is especially attached to Willy.
And, this is my old Kenny man. Kenny is about 18 and he is a lover. He loves and licks and plays. In fact, he still licks and loves, although he doesn't play anymore. I will never know a more trusting dog or a more devoted one. He was also abused, but instead of it making him angry and bitter, he gave in to a new trust almost immediately after we met.
Today, we say goodbye. And, the aches and pains of old age will be over. And, so will the love and devotion. And, I will miss them.
And, my heart is breaking.
Rob offered to take them in for me...good man that he is. But, that's not how our relationship rolls. We face tough obstacles together. And, we'll face this one together as well. Thank God I have someone in my life like that.