Sitting here with a dog

cozy2I’m sitting here with a dog. Taking my time to pet her behind the ear and tuck in the blanket around her. You could call her just a pet, but she’s really part of the family. Anyone who stays with you for more than 10 years is not just a visitor, right?

We named her Cosette, as it was the Frenchiest name we could think of for a Bichon Frise (that, and we are big Les Miserables fans.) The name quickly shortened to Cozy, because it was easier to say and because that’s who she was… always wanting to curl up next to where you sit, always willing to receive love when you give it.

She’s lived a full and happy life in a house of loving humans and now she’s tired. There have been a few different medical issues over the years, but now she’s stopped eating for over a week. She’s telling us it’s time to go.

I’ve heard that these family members never truly leave. They just scamper on up to the next playground and wait for you there.

I’m sitting here with a dog. And I love her.

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10 Comments on “Sitting here with a dog”

  1. Arlene Says:

    This makes me so sad. Ten years is not that old for a dog of your breed. Isn’t there anything your vet can do?

  2. Nora Says:

    I am so sorry, and please give Carol a hug for me.

  3. mary miller Says:

    Looks like my Bichon named Sugar. She was 11 years old when she left us. She was 3 months old when we got her. Miss her everyday! Sorry for your loss.

  4. Jeri H Says:

    Hugs to all of you – anyone who has had a pet know how much that hurts.

  5. Julie Says:

    My animals are never just pets, they are smack in the middle of the family. It is so difficult to feel the pain when they are gone, but it’s still worth every single moment you have with them! I am sorry you are going through this Dave, but I applaud you for knowing when it is time. I believe they really do tell us.

  6. Kim A Says:

    What a sweet tribute.

  7. The Mage Says:

    Having a friend that gives pure unconditional love come to the end of life is so heart breaking! You have my simpathies.

  8. vanessa Says:

    There are many many beautiful and loving friends in the next playground. I hope she meets my Rambo and mimi’s recent arrival.

  9. This was a very beautiful tribute to Cozy, David. And although it was very difficult to say “good-bye”, Cozy was safe knowing you were there with her as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Take care.

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