Thursday, November 29, 2012
I receive lots of emails and phone calls regarding our dogs. The Blue Picardy Spaniel is still relatively rare, and when people are researching breeds and come across the Blues many are curious to know more about them. As I was thinking about the many conversations I have had with people, I realized that I was privileged to have heard about their dogs as well. I must say it is a pleasure to listen to folks talk about dogs in their life, present and past. Dogs have been part of my life for the past 30 years or so and I know how important mine have been in my life. I have silently shed tears as someone has related to me about the last few days of their dogs life and I have laughed heartily at some of the stories from others. Either way, it is wonderful to hear people talk about their dogs. When I had the boarding kennel some of the dogs ended up in the house and became "special boarders", one in particular was Sami. She came often as her owner had to travel. About a year after closing the boarding kennel, I got a phone call from Sami's owner. He had made the very hard decision to have her euthanized the next day and he just wanted me to know. We laughed about some silly "Sami things" and cried about the fact she was at the end of her life. He thanked me for the good care I gave Sami and I thanked him for allowing me to know Sami. Of course this is just one of many stories. I have been asked if it is better to get another dog before the first one passes or if it is better to wait. Some have already made their minds up and are looking into another dog. Some folks wait quite a while and others just a very brief time before another dog comes into their life. Everyone's story is different but they are all the same. For when we share our lives with dogs there is a connection to nature and a connection to each other.