Does anyone else think about the fact that their dog is going to die? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that we have all thought of it from time to time and wonder how we are ever going to live without them. I'm not talking so much about the morbid details but the huge loss that will occur when they go. My dogs are still young, at 7, 4, and 3 years old. Here's the part the scares me, I have four dogs all the same age. Zappa, Fiona, Chance and Blaze are all from the same litter and only hours apart from each other. Brut their father is only a year older than them and then Silver will be turning 8 this summer. Each pair of dog is tightly bonded with each other. Brut and Silver, Zappa and Fiona, Chance and Blaze. They can hardly stand to be separated for a few hours, how will it be if one or the other dies? Will it be like long term marriage and when one goes, the other won't be able to live without the other?
Their ages alone are enough to make me think I should have a reservation at the local loony bin when the time gets close but couple that with the fact of the intense connection between the three pairs is it almost too much to bear, but I do think about it sometimes. I know I can't be alone. To lose one of these dogs would be like losing a body part. I thought losing Alex three years ago was a heartache that I could never go through again and he didn't join our family until he was 9 years old. I still don't know that I've totally gotten over him. I still miss him to this day. Silver and Brut we got as young puppies and the other four I watched be born. Oh, and what about the rest of the litter, if they all live full lives, we will be losing them around the same time as well. It really is a scary thought. There have been several recent deaths of dogs around the blog world that has made me think about these precious lives we hold so dear to our heart and must learn to let go of. I'm sure there is no comfort when the time is right and we must do what we must do out of love for our beloved, but friends I don't know if I'm ready for it. Are we every really ready for it?
Cherish the time we have together. Their lives our so short to begin with compared to ours. Enjoy the moments. Pay attention to the little things and hold them all as close to your heart as possible. Life goes too quick not to love.
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