For six years we left the option open for Blaze to have puppies and it was a difficult choice. Twice a year we went through the heat cycles, which actually follow a year round pattern. There is a constant flow that follows up and down that the whole pack moved by, especially Brut. I wonder if he will notice the when that cycle doesn't start up. When Blaze would go into heat the flow and rhythm would escalate in frantic proportions. There is part of me that will miss the love that flows when a female was in heat, but I won't miss the whining and pacing of Brut and his heighten aggression. The drive and strength to reproduce is awesome and powerful and something we never took lightly. It has been an awesome and beautiful experience to learn and grow from.
After Blaze's procedure it will be the first time in 10 years, since getting Silver, that we won't have an intact female in our house. And now that the decision has been made and we are going to follow through with it, there is relief, peace of mind and some sadness. We know we are doing the right thing and that is a good feeling.
I don't know what the future holds, but for now it means the 24 Paws of Love will be just that, 24 Paws of Love.
Please say a prayer and send your good thoughts for Blaze and us and she has her surgery tomorrow morning.
Thank you and God bless.