The Value of an Old Dog

| 2/1/2010 4:58:21 PM

Tags: Dogs, Pets,

A photo of Elizabeth FurryThirteen years ago, our family was complete (almost) – we had our third child, we lived in a house with a good sized yard – we were living comfortably and life was good. It was only natural to look at our kids and say, “We need to get them a dog!” In my humble opinion, I think all kids need a dog. It seems almost as natural as fireworks on the 4th of July.

So one spring day Matt and I headed out to find our girls a dog, a great dog, a dog that would be the perfect fit for our family. And that’s exactly what happened. We decided that we wanted a black lab, and when we went to pick it out, it was perfectly easy to know which dog was ours. Of all the pups in the litter, our girl was the fattest, rolliest, polliest one there, and no matter how many times she got distracted with her siblings by running off, she would quickly stop and return to me and jump in my lap. Sold! Done and done!

So we drove our lil pork chop home to meet the girls. They were 1, 3 and 5 at the time, and as expected the house filled with high pitched screams – it was enough to make the pup take off running down the hall.

We gave Matt the honor of naming her, he said it had to be manly enough that when he called her in the house at night he wouldn’t sound ridiculous saying, “Here snooky” or “Here fluffy.” It had to be manly, even though she was a she. So he decided on plain ol’ “Dog.” Done and done.

The problem with buying a cute, adorable, fluffy puppy, is that you never really think about 10, 12, 13 years down the road. You don’t really think about your dog getting grey around the muzzle, slowing down a bit each time they get up to eat, or having a hard time hearing you when you call their name. You are just so smitten with their cuteness and deep precious eyes, that is … until they eat all of your wicker patio furniture like it was a bag of potato chips or chew one of your favorite boots up, but you still wear them because the other one is in perfect condition and by golly you are gonna get some use out of ’em!

Well somewhere along the way, that puppy grows up and finds the rhythm of the family. She knows that after nap time your 3-year-old will want a pony ride on her and when the baby falls off and cries, the dog will look at you with a worried glance that she did something wrong. You tell her, “It’s ok Dog,” and she wags her tail. She’ll know when she’s been a good dog and when she’s been bad – like when you find your missing chicken in the backyard with its head gone – that makes her a BAD dog.

Allen Vicki Cochrane
10/26/2012 11:31:43 PM

I am wanting to chat with one who has been through this process of telling Sophie how much joy she has brought to my Sweetie and me. We got her as a new puppy as my Darlin' was trying to recover from a PTSD Breakdown. She has been his dog for every minute we have shared for 13 years. I don't know if we should get a puppy or if we have to put her down, at what point do you do that? The Vet told us "When she stops enjoying being a Dog" It is one of the hardest goodbyes of either of our lives. Bless you and the new adventure you are on.

1/23/2012 9:00:33 PM

Ms. Furry, your last paragraph says it all...

2/5/2010 10:04:04 PM

thank you all for your kind words! For all of you that have lost a pet or will soon be facing the sad goodbye~ you have my prayers. It's so hard. Nebraska Dave, you must the biggest blessing to your neighbors! It's always difficult to find a trustworthy person to take care of pets when you go away (especially us with 24 horses!!) God bless you!! Elizabeth Loagan Ranch

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