Well, it finally happened. I had to put my 18 year-old West Highland Terrier to sleep. He lasted longer than I expected and even though I knew it was coming, it was still one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I cried for days. I’m tearing up just writing this.
I remember all the fun times and joy that Rocky the Wonder Dog brought into my life. He was quite a character. I’m sure all pet lovers out there can relate. I still find it fascinating that these beings can come into our lives and make such a difference - a difference that many humans don’t make it our lives. There’s something magical about the love and affection that our pets share with us.
As I’ve shared my loss with others, they’ve shared their losses with me and one thing is clear, even the toughest of us has our heart pierced by the loss of a beloved pet. Even stalwart veterans of military conflicts, including rough and tough Marines have shed a tear through this experience.
One with whom I shared my loss characterized dogs as our angels on earth. I think that’s a fitting tribute to many of our pets and I definitely find it fitting for Rocky. Here’s to being a puppy again in Heaven, Rocky. You will be missed and never forgotten.
All dogs really do go to Heaven.