My Best Friend
My wife and I picked Tippy up when he was about 2 years old. He was a English springer spaniel, 60 pounds, black and white with brown eye brows. His previous owner could no longer keep him. He was excited to come with us and hopped right in my car with his tennis ball. This was 8 years ago. When we got him home he seemed really nervous. I literally layed on the floor with him for for more than an hour just petting him and letting him crawl on me. Than I sat in my chair and we played catch for another 1/2 hour. When my wife got home he greeted her at the door happy to see her, but he was now MY DOG, because of our hours of bonding. Tippy was left home alone for the first time, about 2 hours, and when we came home the carpet in front of both doors was tore up from him trying to get out. From than on he went EVERYWHERE with us. He would sit in the car waiting for us and on more then one occasion, we would find a note on our windshield saying how sweet and beautiful he was. Of course if it was warm outside, he would stay home with one of us or we would have to get a babysitter. As long as he was with a person he was happy. I used to think it was real pain having to find a sitter or a motel that allowed dogs, he ALWAYS went on vacation with us and actually new when we were going, he loved to travel. But that was not a pain after all. The real pain is not being able to do that ever again. Yesterday, he was outside and just fell over and stiffened his back legs out. I knelt down beside him and he was not breathing and had no pulse. I performed mouth to mouth and chest compression and thought for a moment that I had him back. But it was not to be.He was absolutely my best friend.My everyday routine, for the last 8 years, is all screwed up now. I never new I could love my dog as much as I do. Everything reminds me of him and I break down all the time. I know time will heal but right now it doesn't feel like it ever will. I guess my only condolence is that he didn't suffer a long painful illness or the soreness of old age. Tippy, I love you. You were the best dog I ever had. You were perfect and I am going to miss you and think about you for the rest of my life.