The Unconditional Love of a Pet

Rocky 2012I was overwhelmed when my dog Rocky recently and suddenly had to be put to sleep. He really wasn’t my dog, but like most parents we end up being the caretaker because the kids are busy with their lives. My youngest child Andrew went off to college 2 years ago and couldn’t take Rocky with him to the dorm! But thank goodness for unanswered prayers because all I had was Rocky now. It was him and I to love each other in this transition of our life. rocky 2013

Rocky is a beautiful black lab with a white streak on his chest and on his back paws. He was a big dog weighing 100 pounds, but he had no idea he was big! He was Andrew’s dog and would shower him with unstoppable kisses when he comes home for a weekend!

I woke up like any other Sunday morning with Rocky lying on his bed next to my bed. He was looking up at me like he was ready to go outside for his morning business. When I got to the door he whined at me. He tried to get up but couldn’t. He tried to drag himself with his front legs out of not knowing what to do. I rushed over to him to help. I tried to get him to stand but he couldn’t. He was paralyzed from his hips down. It was Sunday so I had to get him to the emergency vet not his normal vet.

This was one of the hardest and unselfish things I had to do. Vet said Rocky had a stroke sometime during the night and had no feeling from his mid section down to his toenails. He was in a lot of pain, and I couldn’t see him suffer. He was such a happy dog and even there lying on the table all he wanted to do was kiss me as I cried.  I held him tight, told him how much I loved him, told him what a wonderful dog he was, and I held him he went to sleep.

I didn’t realize what a big part of my life he was. He loved me unconditionally and brought joy to me every day! I miss seeing him in the recliner next to mind every evening sleeping in some odd position and making me smile. I miss us walking to bed together every night and I even miss hearing him snore at night. Rocky will forever be in my heart and I miss him every day! What I want to impress upon you is take pictures of you and your pet together. It is priceless!

10 thoughts on “The Unconditional Love of a Pet

  1. I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your loving and beautiful companion Rocky. As a fellow dog lover I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a beloved pet who has been such an enormous part of our lives. Love Jenna

  2. I am so sorry for your loss of Rocky. Losing these loving and faithful four-legged companions is such a difficult thing to go through. I’ve been there twice this year myself. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  3. AirportsMadeSimple

    Oh, Gail. I saw this yesterday and I cried. So, I waited to respond until today. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. They are simply perfection. Hang in there. D

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