Now she has some sort of bug that is making it hard for her to breathe and throw up mucous. I was up most the night with her and have spent a good amount of time cleaning up after her today. My heart is breaking for her. I do not know what is best for her but hopefully the vet will have better answers this afternoon.
I cannot help but flashback to the final days of our other dog. She had also been struggling for quite a while and then caught the dog flu that ended up being too much for her. I still miss her even after several years. She was a great dog!
Pippin is a great dog too. This is not how I wanted her last years to be. Often that is how it is with the ones we love. It isn't quick. It isn't "pretty". It is heartbreaking.
While I hope the vet can help my sweet pup, I also know this is the beginning of goodbye. I know our days together are numbered. We've had a good 16 years together. She has taught me so much and been there for me through my darkest days. I will be here for her through whatever may come.
I'm so grateful for Pippin. I'm grateful for all the spunk she brought into my life. I'm grateful for her sweet nature and intelligence. I'm grateful for her patience with me over the years as kids have distracted me more than I would like to admit. I'm grateful to have had the pandemic time to spend together, being with her day in and out. I'm grateful to give her extra love and cuddles today as I am reminded our time left is too short.
Not ever day is joyous. Some days have heartbreak. I still believe in gratitude even when it may seem distant. There is so much to find gratitude for in every moment.
What are you grateful for today?
May today remind us to cherish the time we have with the ones we love. Have a beautiful day!