Yesterday, I put my Bayberry to sleep. It was very sudden and unexpected as she was fine when I left in the morning. For those of you who attended the OH even in NY, you may have met my sweet girl as she was my "Sandy."
Bayberry has been my one constant for almost 14 years. She was my graduation gift from college and we moved out of my parent's house into my first house together. She was with me during my parent's divorce and with me as I moved houses again into my a home on the family farm. She went through my RNY with me and all of my complications (PICC line, feeding tube, etc.) she was what got me up and going in the morning after a hard night. She was also the best personal trainer I ever had. She started going for walks with me the day after surgery and was my pace setter as she had to jog. She would get so excited to go for our "workouts" that even the thing I dreaded, exercise, became something I wanted to do. She went through my pastics with me and it was at that point I realized how bonded we really were! (I still don't know how she got on that loveseat without touching me so she could lay with me.)
She went to OH with me (my Mom and I don't go anywhere without our older dogs) and then when they said costume contest I knew I had to include my dog! So many of you came up to me and introduced yourself b/c of my dog and I was "confident" b/c of my baby! I have friends today, b/c they came up to talk to my dog.
I know that life will go on, but everyone says that once in a lifetime you have a special connection with an animal and I am so fortunate that "my first dog" (my graduation gift from college - we had her Mom and Grandmom) was my special dog. I know she is in heaven running around and talking to all the kids getting free belly rubs! Heaven got a wonderful therapy dog and friend. (The kids at my school are starting to realize that we lost our special dog, as she used to go to school with me sometimes as a therapy dog for several special needs students and all of the kids would stop in to see Bayberry while changing classes.)
Thanks for allowing me to share! Thanks for being a part of our journey!