My greatest friend Zoey
since adopting her from the animal shelter back in January 1998 she is been by my side through so many milestones in life to see me get married have my first child graduates from college and find my first job. She was at my side as I struggled through postpartum depression. She was a constant joy to come home to. She patiently waited at the door day after day. Age did begin to take its toll on her it started with cataracts and arthritis. But in June 2014 she was diagnosed with canine cognitive disorder. Which is basically doggy dementia. She would Circle all day long and all night. In the span 12 months her weight dropped 12 pounds. I tried medications and hand force feeding her. Finally on October 29 2014 I found her stuck in her water bowl and looking extremely anemic. I took her to the vet and sat with her for an hour before I could get myself to do what the vets had been suggesting - her quality of life was declining- she didn't even know me- her mind was in a cloud, lost and confused. How could I be the one to end that beautiful heart and loose the one constant friend I have had the last 16 years - no family has been at my side to witness these big parts of my life- her unconditional love has been the one thing that has gotten me through! My kids grew up with her. My heart is still so broken. I can't even bring myself to put her ashes in the locket I bought. The pain can feel unbearable. I do believe she sent an Angel to visit me that day- a border collie showed up in my yard and stood there as I tearfully walked to my door- we locked eyes and then he walked away. I truly believe I was sent a message that zoey is ok and pain free.