1. My good dog was a pure bred German Shepherd who passed away at the ripe old age of 14, this past October. My heart still aches, and I am very much in agreement with you that watching them age is so poignant!

    • Laurie Stone

      Susan, You had your dog a long time. That’s a strong bond. Watching our pets age (and the different eras they inhabit in our lives) in indeed poignant.

  2. Now, I’m in tears. I’ve had many dogs I’ve loved and had to speed to fairer parks. Our own Aldo, now 14, is in his last glorious days. He spends twenty-three and a half hours a day happily asleep on his comfy bed. He’ll still bounce a bit when he goes for his walks, but not for long, and is totally happy to return to his bed. Just the thought of sending him on brings tears to my eyes. He was born here. He’s lived here all his life. He’s the best part of the household.

    • Laurie Stone

      Diane, Sounds like you’ve given Aldo a wonderful, loving home and that’s all they could want. You’ll know when its time for him to go. Like Simon, it becomes harder to watch them struggle than to let them go.

  3. I loved this piece! Though we no longer have dogs (our 75 lb. Houdini-like boxer and 200 lb. sleepy mastiff are now resting in doggie heaven), they remain my favorite friends. I’ve long said that dogs are better than people. Your post brought to life the many ways we love our pets and how our pets love us, too!

  4. You’ve described a “great dog.” All of my dogs have been rescues, but they’ve found me. Rescued me, and I’m profoundly grateful. Sam and Molly–she’s not a pretty girl by any means, a gawky, awkward, mixed breed with bad skin–are both getting older. I’m so grateful they’ve seen me through the death of my husband. We grieved together. Now, we’ve sharing this adventure of moving to a new house. These life events go unspoken, by them, but when they’re gone, I will grieve for them and the continuity of beloved family members traveling together over the bumpy parts of life. Brenda

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, Brenda. I’m sorry about the loss of your husband. I’m sure your dogs were very important during that time. Animals are natural empaths and feel emotions deeply. I hope your new house brings solace and you continue to get comfort from your fur babies. Thank you for commenting.

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