I feel a great loss in my life. She was a joy to me. I’ve cried more than I ever thought I would. I have to continually remember it was the right thing to do. Although she still gave me joy, how hard and difficult it was for her. Being 14 , we had just celebrated her birthday just recently and had a small party for her. The last couple of years has been tough for her she developed arthritis and couldn’t get around to well. In fact I built ramps for her to go outside and down to the lawn. She started having kidney problems so we had her on a special kidney diet She hated it too. I would have to doctor it up with some turkey breast I get myself for sandwiches and mix it in her food or she wouldn’t touch it. Then she developed a cancer on her head between her ear and her right eye. We could see her starting to deal with a lot of pain. So my wife called Home to Heaven. Checkers had a very proud spirit. She hated to go to the doctor or anywhere really. But independent, Checkers unlike all the other dogs here and around the neighborhood new all the neighbors and they all loved her and put up with her morning visits she wouldn’t go to far just about 1/2 a block is all but most of the time she never left her yard. I held her to the very last breath and cried like a baby afterwards. But I still know it was out of our love for her we did this. She couldn’t have made it much longer without extreme pain and discomfort 24 hours a day. She still loved her dog treats. I think Checkers was so stoic and strong she made herself appear ok even though we knew she wasn’t. Up to the last couple days when I would come home she would force herself up to come and greet me. Mans best friend indeed. I love you Checkers. May God have a special place for you in His Garden.
Just to mention Checkers was my wife’s doggie, she got her from the pound when she was a baby. I’ve had a few dogs but never really became a Dog Lover until Checkers opened my eyes. That Dogs’ are a lot like people, just smaller!