The Harsh Reality of Love

My best friend has been sick recently… 
She’ll be 12 soon… Despite my deepest wishes and blatant denial of reality, I do know that she isn’t going to live forever.
I know the reality of the situation, yet still, the thought of losing her makes my heart hurt, real physical pain, the type of pain that grabs your throat and makes it hard to take a breath. The type of pain from wanting to fix something so badly, yet being powerless to change anything.
Some might say “She’s just a dog.” But that is where they are wrong. She is not just a dog. She is my constant companion, my biggest fan, and most loyal friend. She has been by my side for the majority of my adult life.  She greets me as if I am the most important person alive and listen to me talk as if everything I say is the most interesting thing she has ever heard.
Yes, she is a dog, but that doesn’t make her any less important to me, she is my best friend, and I love her!
So, while no, I cannot prevent the inevitable, I can enjoy every moment that I still have with her.

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12 thoughts on “The Harsh Reality of Love

  1. Unfortunately, I know the feeling well. We said goodbye to our 12 year old boxer last year. My entire family has a collective broken heart. We were in a position to end his suffering or wait for his cancer to take over. He was good to us for 12 years. We had to let him go with the respect and dignity he deserved. It was the hardest decision we ever made.
    He was in a familiar place in a room full of his favorite things and surrounded by tremendous love.
    I know your baby is not just a dog, she’s the most loyal friend you’ll ever have. I hope you enjoy every minute sweetie and I’m sorry you are going through this. ❤️😘

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  2. I feel you. My cat JT was almost 16 when I had to say goodbye to him a couple years ago. I was a wreck because I’d had him since he was 6 weeks old and he was best buddy. Chandler will be 11 in April and Bowie will be 2 in May. I wish they’d stay kittens forever.

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