Thursday, September 16, 2010
Part of me feels really stupid for being so upset. But, as the students in English III pointed out this morning, dogs become like a member of the family. And Alex was certainly a member of ours.
I don't know what kind of life he had before he came to our house. I do know, at some point, he was mistreated and suffered from some ailments due to his mistreatment. He never did have very many teeth, and always looked a little pathetic as far as dogs go. But he had the sweetest demeanor anyone could ask for, and didn't even offer to growl at my neice when she wanted to feel his eyeballs.
I hope his life with us was a comfort to him. He gained weight, his coat started to shine and he played with toys and his buddy, Barky. He never did quite get the hang of only pottying outside, but if that was his only downfall, he was a pretty good dog.
I knew he was sick last night. I didn't realize how sick he was. This morning, he started seizing so Favorite decided to take him to the vet. Unfortunately, he took his last breath on the trip there.
I want to remember his high-pitched bark that we didn't hear until he had been living with us for a year. I want to remember how he would shake a toy, let go and then try to figure out where he had thrown it. I've dreaded walking through this house knowing that he isn't going to be here anymore. Mostly, I just know that we are all going to miss him a great deal.