A Dog's Life
It is a new year full of new thoughts, new beginnings, and new promises. There really is a spark of excitement that hovers over all of us at the possibility of new adventures too, isn’t there? So, it is unfortunate and downright devastating that my first blog of the new year will be less than stellar.
I have said jokingly in the past that if reincarnation is real, I would like to come back as a dog. And no, not just any dog. I want to come back as my dog.
Seeker was the firstborn of seven puppies to a pair of dogs that fell instantly in love with each other. Momma Sassy, a Cockapoo, was a puppy herself when she came into my life. Papa Slai, a Chinese Crested Powderpuff, was four months old when we rescued him from a hideously small cage at a Florida Flea Market. These two dogs became almost inseparable from the moment they met.
Seeker was the leader of the litter in more ways than one. He earned his name by somehow escaping out of the whelping box every night by week three. We would find him exploring the house with zero understanding of how that tiny puppy scaled the tall sides of that box. It was a mind-boggling mystery. Even as an adult dog, he lived to escape and run free. And when we went for our walk, he walked me.
It has been he and I alone together since he was eight weeks old and, much like his parents, we instantly fell in love with each other. I have heard so many people tell me in recent years so many times, “he is just a dog” that I have grown to feel sorry for anyone who does not understand the unconditional love of a canine connection.
Today I had to say goodbye to that little guy and it damn near broke my heart. Seventeen years of intensely active puppydom took its toll on his little 14-pound body. I have watched him slowly decline over the past months. But, right up until last night with me steadying his weakened stance, he chowed down on kibbles mixed with tuna and cheese like a starved child who hadn’t eaten in months. He was one strong-willed little pup.
And so ends a love story for the ages. In all these years I have never finished a steak, a piece of chicken, or fish – or even the crust off my morning toast – because those bites were always saved for him. I am not sure if I will ever relearn how to finish a meal.
Ah, but I pray this is never fodder for yet another rant.
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1/4/2023 05:28:28 am
I'm so sorry Jacque, he sure was a loving little guy and always greeted me with such happiness. I know it's hard. Big hugs ❤️
1/5/2023 07:08:51 am
Thanks, Barb. He LOVED company - probably glad to see someone other than me! He was the best, best friend, a girl could ever have...
1/4/2023 10:34:32 am
We are so very sorry to hear about your puppy dog. They really are part of our family and it breaks your heart when they leave. It’s so wonderful that you rescued him, I’m sure he had such a good life with you.
1/5/2023 07:14:05 am
Thanks, guys... 17 years was a long life for such a little dog. But it was time. It is never easy though. I am just glad he blessed my life for so long!
1/4/2023 01:08:47 pm
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved fur baby Jacque. When they have been a part of our lives for such a long period, it's even more heart-rending to have to say Adieu. My thoughts are with you as you adjust to a new routine in life.
Jacque Stratman @Sassy Sentiments
1/5/2023 07:16:04 am
Thank you, Nancy. Hardest goodbye ever. But I told him I'd see him on the other side... and I'm sure I will!
1/6/2023 10:59:02 am
My heart aches for your broken heart, Jacque. Our furbabies are not just dogs (or cats), but members of our family who never fail to shower us with unconditional love. Seeker knew the love you held in your heart for him and I hope you take comfort in that, along with 17 years of precious memories. My sincere condolences.
1/6/2023 08:09:18 pm
Thanks, Teresa... He was my family and was just a part of my heart for so long. I will always hold his memory dear, but it is very hard to let go...
1/7/2023 09:52:52 am
Hello dear friend! So sorry for your loss of Seeker. Our furbabies are our kids, as well as part of the family. Seeker knew the love you had for him. Cherish those 17 yrs of memories. Love ya, friend.
Jacque Stratman @Sassy Sentiments
1/10/2023 05:55:06 am
Thanks, Shannon... I sure do miss him! Give Lexi a bunch of extra hugs every day. They are true blessings.
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