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Today is a sad day for me and my dad's family. Athena, our family dog of about 11-12yrs, was laid to rest. I posted this photo collage on my facebook wall today:

"No matter how much preparing you do, you can never brace yourself for the loss you feel when you have to have a family pet put to sleep. In the 12yrs we had her, she has taught all of us a few things.. How to continue to love all breeds (pit bulls), how much love just one dogs could give, how to smile whenever you walked into my parent's house, and so much more. With her death, she even provided memories that were forgotten about through others. The photos I posted aren't from her young life with us (I couldn't find the ones I have), but they are from October's Halloween events from 2010 and from my bridal shower in 2013. Even in her old age, she looked and played as young as ever. ‪#‎goodbyegirlfriend‬ ‪#‎loveyouforever‬"

"No matter how much preparing you do, you can never brace yourself for the loss you feel when you have to have a family pet put to sleep. In the 12yrs we had her, she has taught all of us a few things.. How to continue to love all breeds (pit bulls), how much love just one dogs could give, how to smile whenever you walked into my parent's house, and so much more. With her death, she even provided memories that were forgotten about through others. The photos I posted aren't from her young life with us (I couldn't find the ones I have), but they are from October's Halloween events from 2010 and from my bridal shower in 2013. Even in her old age, she looked and played as young as ever. ‪#‎goodbyegirlfriend‬ ‪#‎loveyouforever‬"

Her passing is very hard on me because I didn't give her a proper goodbye. The last time I left her presence, we were rushing out the door because we were late for a birthday party that day and still had to drop off my brother at my parent's restaurant. Even though I did stop and take a few extra seconds to say goodbye to her (not knowing that would be the last time I saw her) like I usually did, it wasn't good enough for my heart not to feel guilty.

My dad had said a few times that he thought she was going on her way over the last year, but I just figured I had at least one more chance to see her (as in next Friday when I pick up my sister for the Luke Bryan concert). I had no idea that would be the last time I saw her, or I would have spent a longer goodbye with her. I think I actually felt so guilty that when I fell back to sleep after feeding my daughter this morning, that I dreamt about seeing her one last time. Sadly, it was before she took her last breaths, otherwise I would have felt like she came to visit me herself. (Yes, I truly do believe in that form of comfort in goodbyes to loved one; 2-legged or 4.)

As I sit her and type this, I have tears filling my eyes and then rolling down my cheeks. I'm not much of a crier, nor am I one to really cry & tell, but she was the symbol of so many things. Hell, she's the dog that opened my eyes up to the love that pitbulls have to give. She will be one very missed "puppy" in that household. A piece of everyone's heart has gone a little cold today..

R.I.P. girlfriend! We love you very much, but you already knew that!

                                                                                                              Athena from her younger years.

                                                                                                              Athena from her younger years.

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