I so wish I was referring to the awesome Florence and the Machine song, but unfortunately, I'm not.
My husband and I got our little puppy, Charlie, back in 1999. He was pre-children and I actually recall myself saying one night to my husband "I don't know how we could ever love a child as much as we love this dog!". While I certainly loved Charlie ALOT, as each of our three children came into our lives, poor little Charlie kept taking the backseat.
Our kids loved Charlie too, but Charlie wasn't always so fond of them.
About two years ago, Charlie went to stay with my in-laws. Our new house didn't have a fence,
he kept running off and his behavior was getting a little aggressive for him to be around our children.
My in-laws were so kind to care for Charlie and my father-in-law
actually developed a very close relationship with Charlie.
We felt good about him being in a loving environment and we visited him often.
About two months ago, Charlie began to limp. First it was his right paw and then it was his left.
After several trips to the vet, x-rays and a plethora of medicine, Charlie's health was declining rapidly.
Last Thursday, we made the painful decision to put Charlie down.
I'm sure many of you can relate to this and what a difficult decision it is to make.
My lovely friend, Ingrid, is a vet and she came to our house so that we could experience this
in the comfort our of our home, surrounded by our children.
I know not everyone would invite their children to be a part of such a sad event,
but our kids grew up with Charlie and it just felt right having them present.
It was such an emotional experience for all of us,
but I am so thankful we were able to experience it all together in our home.
This is the last picture we have of all us together.
My children were so brave and I couldn't have been more proud of them.
My friend Ingrid was very sweet and I will be eternally grateful for her act of kindness.
My Charlie is now in Dog Heaven and loving every minute of it.