The hardest part about death is how life just keeps going on, but that's the only thing that makes it bearable.
For the first time, we are a dogless family. There will be no more
poop to clean up off the floor, no more dog hair all over everything, no
more costly dogfood, no more scratching at fleas, no more chasing of
canines off the furniture............no more tail-wagging greetings when
we pull in the drive, no more ear scratching, no more belly rubs, no
more popcorn caught in mid-air, no more clicking of nails on the
hardwoods as I'm followed from room to room. No more dog.
Our 13-year old hound mix, Ruby, died last night. She was the last
of three dogs that we've said, "good-bye" to in the past 7 months. We
got her as a 6-month old pup to be a companion for our other dog. We
had hoped she would be a friend to Buck, that they could keep each other
company during the day. While it may have helped Buck feel less
lonely, it didn't stop his destruction of our apartment. They just
became cohorts in crime. Back in August, we had to put Buck down.
Looking back on it now, that's when Ruby's health really started to go
downhill. She seemed to loose her pep and vigor after her Buck dog was
She was an awesome family dog, calm and patient. She would sit still
while the kids played with her floppy ears or tried to stuff crayons up
her nose. She didn't mind too much because they would share their
crackers with her, and she was certain to find an easy meal by patiently
waiting under the high chair.
She may have been an annoying little bitch (literally), but there has
never been a dog with a bigger heart. Now she and Buck can keep each
other company again. Rest easy Ruby.