Harry the Dog is gone.
He closed his big shining eyes for the last time today in the loving arms of the one who cared for him most.
Over the years we have lost many pets. It is always sad and never easy. We know it’s part of the deal when we take them into our lives that they can’t last as long as we’d like them to. And even though we know, it doesn’t really ‘sink in’ until it’s too late; we always seem unprepared.
Good pets like Harry the Dog, are concentrated beings, they are one sided, they only have a good side -unlike the rest of us. I’m convinced it’s their job to teach us by example,- to always be loyal, to always be happy to see the one you love, to show us what is possible if we always choose the good, kind, happy or quietly supportive thing.
If that’s not true, why do they Always make us feel better, why do they always want to please us, why is their greatest reward, us telling them that they have pleased us.
Why do we smile when we see them.
They make everything Better.
They lead by example, as if to say, YO! take a note.
Harry has had many close calls and he has taught us many lessons (you can read about them in the previous post here: http://mjperini.tumblr.com/page/8 or click’ Previous page’ until you get back to page 8
When we learned that he had yet another, new, form of cancer we opted for palliative care. With the expert help of the Doctors at VESC, He responded amazingly and we had a wonderful 3 extra months, during which we made sure they were the best 3 months of his life -including Hot Dogs for lunch and a little ice cream before bed.
He had a ball, we tried to have a good time too, but alas, we KNEW.
I have taken a million photographs of Harry but suddenly it didn’t feel right.
He’d make us laugh, but then we’d think -what’s going to happen when he’s gone.
Three months is a long time when you know.
Three months is a short time when you know.
It was only during the last three days that he declined quickly, he could no longer navigate the stairs , he ate less. He slept more.
We came to realize, it was time. (Special thanks to Dr. Jamie Logan)
It’s only hours since he breathed his last, yet we realize in his fighting on for three more precious months in his own quiet way, he gave us one last gift….. The Gift of the Long Good-Bye.
Good-Bye Harry the Dog, we will miss you always, and Thank You for all the Lessons.
You did your job, you made us better people.
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