Re: The Journey
I just saw this, and how very appropriate.. because tomorrow, monday the 12, we will come one journey's end. Our GSD/Border Collie mix will quietly go to sleep and with that, we will reach the end of a 12 and half year saga filled with nothing but love, devotion, friendship and loyalty.
We adopted our Mavrick from a local SPCA 12 and half years ago. We actually had gone to the shelter to look at another dog, but as it turned out, she'd been adopted earlier that day. As we looked through the kennel, we discovered another dog who really grabbed our attention. He was just one year old and he'd been abandoned by his previous owners. We though we'd like to meet him and when we did we knew instantly he was the dog we were meant to have. We made the required arrangements and took him home the following day.
The short story is that for 12 years, Mavrick has been that once in a lifetime kind of dog. Throughout his life, he was never a problem. He was never aggressive, he never growled or barked or nipped. And although we never actually trained him or worked with him, somehow, he always just seemed to know what you wanted or needed. He would come, sit, stay, go to his crate and even leave the kitchen on command during dinner time. Mavrick has been our watchdog, our babysitter, our playmate, our walking partner, and most of all our loyal friend. He always had the time and energy to meet you and the door and let you know how much he'd missed you while you were away. He was always up for a good game of tug of war or chase the ball or hide and seek. And regardless of whatever else was going on, Mav wanted to be with us. We'd had dogs before, but the truth is, it was Mavrick who taught us, and showed us just how incredible having a dog can be.
When Mavrick was 9, he unfortunately got lyme and it really slowed him down. Around the same time he also started to develop arthritis in his joints. But even in a "slower" mode, Mavrick was always happy to see you, always happy to have his ears scratched, and always happy to sit and relax in your lap for some late night tv. He may not have been as fast or as agile as he once was, but he never waivered from being a loyal friend and companion. And every now and then he'd still occaionally chase a ball, play tug of war or jump up and say hello.
Over the last couple of years, Mavrick really slowed down. He was really starting to show his age. It was then we got our first GSD and then a year later got our second GSD. The truth is, Mavrick probably could have done with the Shepherds, but in true Mavrick style, he never complained, never fought, and never caused a problem of any kind. Through the raising of two GSD puppies, he put up with all the playing, all the chasing and all that goes along with having puppies. And through it all, Mavrick, like always, had time to say hello, or snuggle up in your lap.
Over the last month, Mavrick has truly been struggling. It's come to that point now, where there just isn't much more to do. Obviously, it's been very difficult and we've dreaded having to come the place we are now, but in the end, we feel that of all our options, this is the best thing we can do for our Mavrick.
So tomorrow morning, we will all go to the vet's office and we'll sit with Mav in our laps, just like we always have, and see Mavrick off to a better place. I know it will be hard, in fact my eyes are now filled with tears just thinking about it, as they've been pretty much all day. We will miss Mavrick dearly, but at the same time, we'll have his memory in our hearts and no force on earth will be able to take that away. We will always know how much he loved us and how loyal and devoted he was. We will always know it was Mavrick who taught us just how deeply the relationship between a dog and it's owner can go. We will think of him and smile. And we will forever be thankful that we were allowed to experience the things we did with our "mavvy dog"...
Dear Mavrick, we must bid you farewell. Thank you, for everything. And as you set out on this, your final journey, know that we will miss you and we will always love you....
[ April 11, 2004, 03:40 PM: Message edited by: mavrick ]