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I’d do it all over again

July 4, 2017

Anyone thats had a puppy knows that there will come a day that’s not going to be as exciting as when you brought the dog home. The years pass and as you age with your best friend one day you’re laying down next to him on the floor telling him that it’s going to be alright. 

For the past few months we have been watching Koda’s health decline. There were a couple moments that we didn’t think he would have made it. In true Labrador fashion he’d have a bad day then one of us would find a ball, and out of nowhere the old man would find his inner child. That didn’t happen this week. I knew the day was coming close so at night when putting him to bed I’d lay with him. I’d talk to him like he was a human. Like he was one of our kids wanting to read a bed time story. Well simply put he was one of our children. He was the one that when I went away on my trips for work I’d tell him he better protect my family. Truth be told if a burglar came into our house he would be the first to hide in the bath tub. 

On Sunday night I was shutting the lights off, and decided to lay on the floor for a bit with him. I thanked him for taking care of my family, for never interrupting me as I vented to him, for being there to help me grieve the loss of my brother, and most importantly for being my best friend.  I never thought it would be so hard to lose a dog, but why wouldn’t it be. 

As the life passed from Koda at the vets I knew that wasn’t the hardest thing I’d have to do that day. The hardest would be coming home again to my family to let them know someone didn’t come back with me. On to the next chapter of life. We have a 150lb Bernese that needs us to love him as much as possible. 

In conclusion I’ve heard a few people tell me that’s why they don’t get animals to avoid having to lose them. I would do it all over again. Yes this part is hard, but I can’t imagine not having the memories of Koda for myself, my family or those the cops that have brought him home in their cruisers when he ran away from home multiple times. 

In true blog fashion if you’ve made it this far I appreciate it. 

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  1. Tracy H. permalink
    July 7, 2017 9:54 pm

    Having met Koda only once, I know he was a puppy at heart. A big puppy with a heart full of love. Dogs are the humans we all should strive to be: always happy to see our friends/family, always greet us with a ‘hug and kiss’, patient, always ready for a game of…, loving and understanding. Gus will never take Koda’s place, but I truly hope Gus helps you guys thru this trying time. And, I hope you help him too. ❤

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