2020 has cast a dark shadow across the planet bringing with it so much sadness and for many, unbearable sorrow and grief.
My family has not been immune from loss during this dark period of time, and now this week, we had to say “goodbye” to our sweet little dog, Chloe. She has had many health issues since the beginning of March, coinciding with the onset of the pandemic. Visiting the vet’s office has been as challenging as visiting a patient in the hospital. Sending her off alone with a technician when she’s had an appointment was so difficult.. Thankfully we were with her in the end.
Chloe was a Bearded Collie, a bred in the Sheepdog herding family. She was our fourth “beardie” and, although she wasn’t as outgoing as our other dogs, she was bouncy and puppy-like until just recently. Chloe was only 11, and we had hoped to have her for at least another 3 or 4 years. I’m happy Chloe had a good summer doing her favourite things…going for walks, playing ball, chasing after rabbits and her favourite pastime…putting the run on the squirrels.
Chloe was the perfect dog for this period in our lives. It’s been a heartbreaking loss. It’s the first time in over 25 years that we haven’t had at least one dog. Our routines have dramatically changed, the house is so quiet and empty, and every time there is a little creak in the floor I catch myself looking for her.
I know many of you are animal lovers and if you have a pet, give them an extra big hug from me…