Our dear dog Teddi June was put to sleep today.
Her tests came back with the news we already knew.
We had the option to bring her home, but she would have been sick and on medication and honestly, she was too spunky a dog to go like that. Plus, I was worried that it would affect David having her home in that condition. He already gave her a hug and a kiss yesterday before we took him to school, and I prefer that be his last sweet memory of his dog.
S. is torn. He sobbed last night looking at her things around the house, knowing she may never come home. I know Teddi coming home would just be a long and drawn out goodbye for him.
Truth be told, I have had a love/hate relationship with Teddi over the years. Those of you who know me IRL can attest to that fact.
She was the only dog I ever owned, and the dog that got me over the fear of all dogs (I was bit by a rabid German Shepard at the age of five).
What I will miss most is her love for David. She was the grande dame of the house for 8 years before David came along, yet she was able to accept her place as #2 when the time came. She put up with hair pulling, poking, and teasing for the last 4 years and grew to love him. She was a companion and a guard. And even though she had a piercing bark you loved to hate, the fact of the matter is she was a part of our family (a big part) for almost 13 years.
It will be oddly quiet without her.
They say that the spirits of animals live on with us like dust in the wind. They really never leave our side.
Peace be with you, my dear Teddi. We will miss you.