Well, it’s taken me a week to get to the point where I feel ready to blog about it.
My dog Wendy was put to sleep last Friday, May 19th.
I adopted her from the Tri Valley Animal Shelter when she was three years old and she was a TOTAL MESS OF A DOG.
She was crate trained but nothing else.
She was so wild that trainers advised me not to leave my two young boys alone with her.
I didn’t know what I was getting in to. All I knew was that I’d lost my precious Mac a few weeks earlier in a deadly car accident on Highway 80 and I needed to bring a new dog into my life.
Of course, Wendy looked JUST LIKE MAC.
I spent $25 buying Wendy from the shelter and $5000 training her.
The trainers at Cooperhaus Kennels worked wonders with her, to the point that I could recall her with just the sound of my voice.
Over the years, she mellowed but she still maintained a little wild streak.
She never learned how to kiss until the very end, she always wanted to nibble.
Her favorite game was keep away, she never learned to fetch.
On a hot, sunny day in California, Wendy was laid to rest surrounded by her loved ones.
Birds chirped overhead and you could practically see the smile on Wendy’s face as she soaked in all the attention she was getting.
She was so enthralled with all the love bestowed on her, she refused to go to sleep after the vet gave her the sedative.
After waiting patiently for 10 minutes, the vet gave Wendy another shot to make her fall asleep.
Wendy got 10 extra minutes of love due to her stubbornness and her enjoyment of all the attention she was getting.
With two shots of sedative in her Wendy fell fast asleep.
And then the last shot was administered which stopped her fierce, beating heart.
Losing Wendy was difficult.
My dogs have always been an extension of the son I lost to cancer in 1998.
Their presence in my life symbolizes hope, unconditional love, and the bond between a parent and a “child.”
I have been blessed as Wendy’s caretaker, to have been given nearly 9 years with this AMAZING dog and I will hold onto all the precious memories I have of her.
I love you Wendy.