Thank you so much for your reply & understanding. I am so sorry about your dog jasper. It is never easy. I am happy that you opened your home again to another dog. I am so glad that Max is making you happy. We adopted Misty so fast after Rocky passed & she did help us to heal.Very sorry for your loss LoveSea. I'm sure Rocky was a great friend. My ould pal jasper, a Rhodesian/lab cross passed away due to hemangiosarcoma in November also. Very very tough time, hard to accept as we only realised it was cancer when his spleen ruptured. Your reply struck a chord with me, when you said you still get choked up when you talk about it. I understand, I do the same when I remember that night I had to go through it.
I'm sure all of us with dogs who have been taken due to cancer understand the upset and confusion when it happens. Great memories of such a loyal friend though always cheers me up!
We've since had 14 week old gsd Max! He's definitely keeping us on our toes hehe! Congratulations on your new additions and I wish you all the best with your beauties! Love niamh and max
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I am crying again right now, though, especially reading back to my first post. How our life has changed. Our beautiful 18 year old cat died of old age one week after we lost Rocky. It was just a horrible month of May. I just cannot believe how much I miss my old guy & cat. They were so attached to my children - especially Rocky. He lived for them & I hope to find that again. Today, I was looking through photos for my daughter's 8th grade yearbook - we have to submit some photos - of course I had to add Rocky & our cat. I came across a photo of the last, long day of his life. I stayed home from work to be with him because he was scared & could not walk well. I had to make the call to have him put down. It was the longest day I ever remember. At 5:00, after my husband came home from work, we had to put him into the car to take him to the vet. Before that I took a photo of him. Of course he was in my son's room. I took a photo of my son next to him. In that photo I saw the heartbreak & complete sadness in my son's eyes & Rocky's eyes too. It was truly a "boy & his dog" relationship. He loved my daughter too, but my son was always moving, so Rocky attached & bonded the moment he was left at our home.
My tears also come from my question: Will our new dog measure up? Is that horrible to ask? We are finally getting him the weekend of the 25th. We were away last weekend, so did not want to adopt a dog & then go away. My husband works this entire weekend & the rescue needs everyone home, so the next available weekend is January 25th. We met him at the kennel on January 5th. It seems so long ago, I forgot what he looks like. I know I felt a melting in my heart immediately when I met him. My kids loved him. He did not know how to chase a ball though....also did not go crazy over my kids, but I know that he had been through a lot in the past weeks. He had part of his tail amputated & was recovering & on meds, they also had to separate from his female friend & he left a home to live in a kennel. I know an adopted dog's personalities change as time goes on. I don't want to compare him to Rocky & I know I cannot replace him. I am just hoping that this dog will love us, especially the kids. Sorry for the long reply. Thanks again for your kind words.