Go back about eight years. We were living in ontario with our five kids and two dogs. Life was, if not perfect, well then pretty good. I came home from work one day talking about the puppy my boss had just gotten. A puggle. Pug-beagle. I felt like I couldn’t convey how cute this pup was without pictures so of course I made the whole family gather around the computer while I googled photos. Down the Internet worm hole we went and eventually saw that a local farmer had two female dogs who had recently had litters. The pups were puggle-bull dogs. All of the caramel coloured with accents of white or chocolate or both. He had put up individual photos of the eleven total puppies that were up for adoption. I paused on one. The one with the most gold and only a tiny bit of white at her paws.
“Aww. Look at Katie.” I said. Everyone groaned. Mom had named her. It was a foregone conclusion. Shawn and I drove to the farm later that day and there she was. While all her brothers and sisters were clamouring for attention at the front of the pen, Katie hung back. We let the farmer hand her to us and she literally put her paws around my neck like a hug. A move she continued to do throughout her life, though usually with Shawn and not me.
A little over a year ago, Katie was diagnosed with cancer. We chose, after much discussion, not to amputate her leg and to let her live as long as possible without invasiveness.
For months now she’s been favouring her foot. For weeks she’s been hopping with it lifted and for about two weeks now she’s been shaking and losing bladder control.
Today we said goodbye to her.
She spent her morning snuggling us and resting. She was so calm. She didn’t want to eat or go out. And in the vets office this afternoon, she put her paws around my neck and hugged me.
Life with Katie was wonderful. She was a sweet, if a little bit dumb, dog. In the best way of course. She was silly and delightful and loved exploring new trails with us. She thought she was the boss of the local deer herd and she was kermit’s best friend. We are going to miss her more than we can possible bear.
Thank you for choosing us dear Katie. We have loved being your humans.