It is never easy. But there comes a time when we are called to make that hard decision and give our pets a gift of peace. This week it was time for my Gypsy. At 14, my anxious mutt had too much pain.
We let her go.
|My old Gypsy-doodle enjoys a bit of sun.|
Over the last several years, Gypsy kept a string of Future Leader Dog (FLD) puppies in line (and off the furniture). She helped raise Rosie, Mike, Gus, Scout and Dutch. She also kept some part-timers in line. FLDs Bear and Bandit spent time here before heading off to prison. She puppy-sitted FLDs Baker and Grant this past year.
The old girl will be missed. There is one thing, however, that works wonders in drying tears.
Introducing - FLD Henry!
|FLD Henry looking proud by the statue in front of the kennel lobby at Leader Dogs for the Blind.|
After we returned Dutch to Leader Dogs last fall I decided to wait to see how Gypsy fared before bringing yet another puppy into our home. Some family commitments made my choice an easy one.
But now I was able to say "yes" when Leader Dogs called about a puppy.
FLD Henry (named by my hubby after Henry Blake in MASH) is a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix. His Golden Retriever mother, Emma, is Dutch's sister; his father is my puppy counselor Tammy's breed stock yellow lab, Wally.
Here we go again!