Putting Down An Old Friend
Chester was a Springer Spaniel. He was a beautiful dog with a wonderful disposition. He grew up with three of my grandchildren and was their protector and companion. I am sure they are very sad.
My daughter has not had an easy year, I am sure that losing Chester is extra hard on her.
I only saw Chester infrequently, but when I visited he was always by my side. He would stay by anyone willing to pet him endlessly. Chester was a big mush.
The thing about dogs is you don’t really train them, instead you both just learn what the other needs. You read his signals and know when he needs to go out, needs to be fed, needs water or needs some love. He learns what he can chew and what he can’t, where he is allowed to go and where he can’t, when it is time to play and when it is time to just stay by your side. It takes years for this man dog relationship to develop, but when it does it is a beautiful thing.
And then they grow old.
All dogs have at least one thing that even though they know it is forbidden, they cannot help themselves, and will not obey. I had a black lab, Minnie that loved to chew on tissues. No matter how we disciplined her, if she had a shot at some tissues she would chew on them and make a mess.
When the time came that we had to put her down, we stayed with her and bawled like babies. The vet handed us some tissues. Don’t you know that as that dog was taking her final breaths, she grabbed a tissue and chewed it? She left this world doing the one thing we could never cure her of; she passed on with a used tissue in her mouth.
I am guessing that when Chester left this world he was dreaming of finally catching the tiny dog that the couple around the block walked by his house every day or of one last try at the garbage pail when no one was looking.
Rest in peace Chester. You were a good dog. You were loved and you will be missed. Enjoy yourself in doggy heaven. There is a friend waiting for you that you never met. Look for a big black lab with a tissue in her mouth. I think you two will get along very well.