Nobody likes to think about the time when we must say good-be to our beloved pets. And, nearly all of us have had to do so at one time or another in our lives. Duke turned seven in June, and he's beginning to get gray on his muzzle and paws where the tan fur is. He's still plenty spunky and active, but those gray hairs are just a reminder that his days are numbered, just as mine (and yours) are.
Unfortunately, we sometimes have no chance to say good-bye to a beloved pet if an accident happens or an illness claims him/her suddenly. That is all the more reason to cherish each day with them.
I am not getting morbid, but realistic. Pets add so much to our lives. Duke has so much personality that we just don't know what he'll do next! He is at once loving, kind, sweet, cute, comical, maddening, annoying, and lazy. But we wouldn't trade him for the world, because he is so intelligent and loyal as well. And he makes me laugh at least once every day!
Pets instinctively know when we don't feel well or are upset about something. Duke does his best to comfort me when I am in pain or sad. Those eyes look into mine, and I can see love and concern in them. Oh, I don't care what veterinarians or researchers say--I know dogs can love me back!
Duke is our fur child, and the grandchildren love him as much as we do. Every time our four-year-old grandson comes, he and Duke are good buddies. They chase each other, one gigglingand the other barking (and you can guess which is which), until both are tired and retire to the couch to relax together. Asher often says wistfully, "I wish Dukie was my doggie. He loves me a lot."
|Asher and Duke|
Yes, Asher . . . "Dukie" love everyone a lot!
Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.