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Time for a New Tail Wagger?

Time for a New Tail Wagger?

How do you know? This is all new to me. A few months ago I had to do one of the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Change that, one of the hardest things we, as a family had to do. We had to say goodbye to our 14 year-old chocolate lab, Levi.

Levi and Ireland

Actually, he was the one who told us it was time. Bob and the kids and I had never done this before. WOW! It was heart wrenching. If you have a pet, you know they are not just a pet, they are a member of your family. To say goodbye is not easy! We still miss him everyday. When I make meatloaf, I think of the ‘ole guy. It was his favorite!

Nana's Meatloaf

We never gave him people food, okay rarely, but one day when I was making meatloaf, he just couldn’t help himself. I turned my back for one minute, and the entire meatloaf was gone. That naughty dog! I had left food on the counter hundreds of times and he’d never done that. I was so mad at him. Looking back, do you blame him? It smelled so good! Now, I can laugh about it but, it sure wasn’t funny then.

The last few months haven’t been easy. Our house just hasn’t felt like a home. I miss that guy coming to greet me after a long day! I miss him at my feet when I’m curled up on the couch reading a good book or watching TV. I miss him always in the kitchen with me when I was cooking. He was no dummy! LOL! Bob misses running with him. Although, the last year it was more of a walk. Ireland misses hugging him! He made a bad day all better. We even miss when he would storm into our bedroom in the middle of the night after thunder and lightening. At 100 pounds he was a big baby when it came to a bad thunder storm. We think of him every time a storm rolls through.

Loving Levi

So, when’s a good time to start looking for a new fury friend? We’ve started. Ireland and I went to some area shelters. No, we didn’t take any of the tail waggers home this time. But, they sure were cute! So, again, back to the question. When do you know if you’re ready? I kind of still feel like we’re grieving. The day Levi died Bob put a big picture of him up on our fireplace mantel. It’s still there. I sometimes still walk in the door and expect him to be there. Is it time?

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