Well, ready or not, Captain will arrive in our lives at 10AM Saturday, August 4th.
On August 16, 2011 we had to have our much loved dog Strider put to sleep. This is what I wrote at that time:
I always said, if you have to have a dog, Strider was the one to have. Of course I miss him as much as everyone else since he wormed his way into my heart.
We had no idea he was sick – other than an ear infection that we had been treating – so he had just seen the vet several times in previous weeks and she saw nothing unusual.
His last week was a special gift from the Lord for us. Dan and Eric were supposed to be in the BWCA camping and the girls and I were to be alone on the N. Shore. For some reason Dan just never got the trip planned. This is so unlike him – the BWCA is his most favorite place and he and Eric have gone every year for years. Instead we had six days together, not knowing Strider was sick, doing all the things Strider loved most – being with us all together, swimming in Lake Superior, hiking and sniffing all the great outdoor smells, going to the Fishermen’s festival and having tons of people stop to pet him. Thank you Lord!
He had a couple of “spells” that week where he just got really weak – the second one on the morning that we were coming home. We called our vet and she said we better bring him right in so we never even went home before going to her office. She determined that he had internal bleeding and did emergency surgery. He only lasted 11 days after that, but most of them he was doing great – even escaping and running up a flight of steps.
The last 2 days he was just down other than going out to potty. It was no way for him to live. He was alert to the end – always recognized us and turned his head to whoever was there. He walked into the vets – tail wagging and greeting everyone in sight. He didn’t struggle, but trusted us to the end.
We buried him beside the lake on our land – he would sneak off to swim in it every chance he got.
Here we are a year later. Are we ready for a puppy? I’m not sure. I still tear up when I think about Strider for too long. I’ve gotten used to the freedom of not having a dog. Being able to go anywhere at any time without making arrangements for someone to care for a dog has been a big taste of freedom after 9 years of not being able to do that.
But…when I look at this little face, I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.
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