If Dogs Have A Heaven…

New Year’s Eve was not a good day for me or my family. I had to do one of the hardest things I’ve ever done; I had to put my dog down. She had contracted lymphoma and it was killing her. Leah was a beautiful dog, part Chocolate Lab, part Irish Setter and I think a bit of hound dog, too. Her medium short coat was bright reddish-brown, and her eyes matched. I didn’t really deserve such a great dog. …


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5 comments on “If Dogs Have A Heaven…

  1. Thank you for sharing that story. It was moving and i can feel for you. I think every person should have a pet at one time or another in thier life so they get to understand that unconditional love.

  2. Billy Moore on said:

    Great article. Dogs may be the best creature God created. I have had 4 dogs since I was 12 and I am 58. I have not been without a dog except for short times between dogs. Tippy, Amber, Dusty and now Crackers have enriched my life and my family’s life tremendously. Each one had their own special things they would do, their own special talents (they were also dumb as a post). But the one thing with them all: They were sweet personality-wise and unconditionally loved us.

  3. Robert on said:

    We, too, had a “Leah”. Your story brought back many sweet memories of her. Nicely done! Thank you for sharing her life. I am sorry for your loss.

  4. Barb Burkholder on said:

    So sorry for your loss of your beloved dog, Leah. We purchased our Norwegian Elkhound on New Year’s Eve in 2010. Our previous dog had also been a Norwegian Elkhound that we adopted from a family that our daughter babysat for. Sir Timber lived to be 14 3/4. He was a wonderful dog, companion and family member. Now we have Son of a Gunnar – Gunnar Sven. Gunnar brings us unconditional love every day. I love dogs and was not allowed to have a dog as a child because we had 5 kids and my Mother didn’t like animals. Thus, four out of the five of us have dogs to this day! Thanks for sharing a beautiful story. Go adopt another dog. It will make a difference in your life and their life…… But you already know this nugget from Leah.

    • Thanks, Barb, and the others who have responded here and via my email. Indeed, we have another dog, Bandit, a 15-year old Peek A Poo…another great little dog. Unfortunately, he is getting old and frail and I fear that I’ll need to be making that dreaded trip to the vet again in 2012. We actually thought he would have been the first to go and never gave a thought to Leah getting sick. It all happened very quickly. We’ve discussed it about Bandit, but he still gets a gitty up in his gait and a glint in his eyes when I grab a bath towel and play his favorite chase game…though he doesn’t chase nearly as aggressively as he used to and tires after about a minute. So I’ll focus on him and after he’s gone, I guess I’ll let nature take its course and see if another dog…maybe Leah reincarnated…finds me.

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