He stuck by me through it all...
by Carla Andrick
(Decatur, IL. USA)
My Murphy Dog was my hero in many, many ways. I have Multiple Sclerosis & back in 2000, I started having seizures. He was always near me & didn't run off when I fell while I was having one. He was just always there until I was helped up or got up on my own. Which at that time, I could still do. One time that will always stand out in my mind, until I see him again, (he was euthanized in 2007) is when on a rainy day I decided to take some letters to the mailbox, he loved to go to the mailbox!! Well, I only made it part of the way because I had a seizure & fell. He stayed right by my side & didn't run off finally a very kind couple stopped & helped get me into the house & Murphy came right in with them. Somehow, they were able to reach my mom & somehow I was able to direct them to her house. When I got there, my mom said I was absolutely soaked. It had been raining when I fell which was even more amazing about my Murphy. He hates rain. In his way he probably tried to tell me not to go out in that simply because he didn't want to!!
Anyway, I have never gotten over his death. He was 13 years old & suffering from arthritic legs. It was almost as if he was trying to indicate to us he was tired & ready to be let go. But, I still miss him terribly. I've been trying to figure out if it's a feeling he's giving me I've read so many things about people's dogs don't want them to be grieving their deaths for too long. They want us to be happy.
I just don't want to get another dog & have to grieve over he/her when they die. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get over him. He.was just my hero through a very tough period in my life.