Wednesday it was one year since my Teddy died at the age of nine. I spent about an hour at his gravesite that day and laid some artificial flowers there. Teddy had an auto-immune disease that nearly killed him in 2012, but he had made a miraculous recovery.
Some of his fur stared falling out and The vet had me shampoo him with a special formula. Other tests and a sonogram found he had bladder cancer. On the day he was scheduled for surgery, he was sick and they could not operate. Despite my best efforts, he eventually stopped eating and I brought him to the emergency vet, where he rallied but then succumbed around 11pm that evening.
The void they leave when they are no longer with you seems bottomless at times, but the years of happiness he brought us
(Unfortunately his human mom died late 2014) was worth the trade off for today's pain. Maybe it's wishful or hopeful thinking, but I can only hope he and his mom are running around and playing together again in heaven.
It snows today and Teddy so loved the could not get him to come back inside. I am no t a big fan of snow, but it was always bittersweet, because when it snowed as much as it would inconvenience me, I knew Teddy would be happy. Even if you kept the blinds shut he knew there was snow outside and would pester you to take him outside until you did. So I don' t really want it to snow anymore, but looks like next week we have a good chance of more,so
I just have to deal with it. Thanks for providing me a place to vent....most of the rest of the world can not understand your attachment to a dog, but what do they know ...May GOD Bless you all...Andy

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Comment by Linda on March 12, 2017 at 10:33pm

My heart breaks for you, that first anniversary is the hardest.  I passed the one year mark of losing my Max a couple of months ago.  A day doesn't go by that I don't think of him.  Your sweet memories of Teddy will bring you more smiles as time goes on. We still have Katie and Brady who came into our lives unexpectedly shortly before Max passed, loving them has helped so don't be afraid to think about a new friend.  Not a replacement...that can never be but a new one to love.

Comment by Stephanie on March 12, 2017 at 6:43pm

It is good to know that you have happy memories of positive time with Teddy.  Sorry for your loss, but Teddy was fortunate to have you in his life.

Comment by Laura and Tommy Jefferson on March 12, 2017 at 5:14pm

So sorry for your loss, Andy - RIP, little guy :(

Comment by Jane Christensen on March 12, 2017 at 9:58am

So sorry for your loss. We just lost 2 of ours within 3 weeks of each other. Wynn had bladder cancer and Teddy had a big growth that kept getting bigger.  It's OK to look for a new one to love...I am adopting a rescue who I can help!

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