"Once you have had a wonderful dog,
a life without one is a life diminished."
- Dean Koontz
We said goodbye to Rory on Monday. Her back legs had been weakening progressively over the last months, and when she could no longer get up on Sunday, we knew it was time.
I was so grateful that her final day with us was sunny and warm. Rory never did like the rain or cold. She spent her last afternoon resting in the backyard sun while the kids ran and played, and we loved on her with treats and kisses and scratches behind her ears. MJ carried her up to our room that night, so she could sleep near us like she has every night since she was a puppy.
Monday morning we read her the book Dog Heaven, and the kids agreed that Rory's heaven would have endless kitchen counters full of food for her to steal.
Rory's 13 years with us spanned our wedding, four cross-country moves, and three children. She swiped countless sandwiches, shredded untold diapers, and stalked sunbeams around the house. She was our first baby, and I can't believe she is gone. Our hearts and our house are empty without her.
August 31, 2003 - March 20, 2017
Rest in peace, sweet girl.