Loss of my good friend Zoe

 My eyes are sore from crying today. Unfortunately we had to put our dog Zoe to sleep today. She had a big heart but it finally wore out I guess. Due to age, heart issues and cancer it finally caught up with her late last week. We had her at the vet for several days in a row but finally my wife had to take her to the emergency vet early today. She wasn’t going to make it and all we could do was prolong her pain and suffering so we had to make a tough choice. 

Zoe was such a good dog. Sure she had her moments but overall she was always just a joy to be around. I can’t believe she’s gone. I’m traveling this week on the West coast which even made it harder. My final moments with her involved cradling her like a baby so I could feed her Gatorade out of a syringe. I’ll never forget her look. Her eyes dim, her smile all but gone as she looked at me lovingly.  It hurts. Sorry to share my pain but I must in order to grieve. She always liked to help with projects around the house so we called her “helper” dog. She always knew when something was going on around the house. She was never a big fan of painting but loved plumbing projects, carpentry, you name it. I could always count on her to be right there inspecting the action. Now I’ll feel that loss and wonder where she is the next time I do a chore around the house.

Zoe was an Italian Greyhound and could run with the best of them. I’ll also never forget the last couple times she sprinted across our big yard toward me. I wondered why she was a little slow on that last run in our front yard. Now I know why, the end was near. 

I prayed that God would not let her suffer and it seems that he answered that prayer for us. I thank God for the joy she gave us.  I don’t know that pets go to heaven or that we will even be worried about them when we get there but today I’m in hope that maybe they do.  Rest in peace my sweet friend. 

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