It is always hard to let a beloved pet go. Today my mom had to put one of our family dogs to sleep because he had developed an untreatable bone cancer. We had him 11 years, since he was 6 months old. I know he lived a wonderful happy and healthy life with us. So many dogs are shuffled from home to home never finding a place where they can live out their lives loved and cared for. Our home has never been one of those. Once you are in, you are here to stay.
Things I always want to remember:
- I loved how Comet would hide under the big juniper bush next to the outer gate. When people would come to visit no one would know he was there. When they were halfway to the house they got the strange feeling something was watching them from behind. Its a bit intimidating to turn around to see a big husky calmly watching you as he blocks off the only exit. Even though he looked scary he was not aggressive in the least, he loved everyone he met instantly, but he was sure to let them know whose turf they were on. I definitely got the impression he thought the whole situation was hilarious.
- He was the smartest dog I have ever met and understood a lot of English. I swear he would respond with his facial expressions and "talk" back to me.
- My mom has a huge yard for a Californian. When Comet was young he loved to catch sparrows. He would bolt across the yard at top speed and leap into a flock of sparrows snatching one right out of the air. It was incredible. He escaped from the yard every once in a while to go exploring and would bring home a fair share of rabbits, squirrels, gophers and even a lamb. He did let the lamb live. He only herded it back to our house and into the backyard scaring the little critter half mad.
Thank you for being a loyal companion and friend. Rest in peace buddy.