Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Christmas Eve Eve

I heard toenails clicking on wooden floors about 4:30 this morning and I realized our ancient dog Taylor was on the move.
She is about 12 years old and in poor health. She's blind, and deaf. When you hear her walking around in the night, that means she needs to go to the bathroom.
I helped her outside and after she did her business, she smelled her way back to the front steps. This morning she tried to navigate the steps, but couldn't manage it.
I had to lift her back legs up so that she could get back on the porch and into the house.
I know that we'll have to make the hard decision on her soon too. It's been that kind of year for us.
Life is funny. Some years are like celebrations. It seems as if luck is on your side, and things always go right for you.
Then other years, it seems the opposite is true. That's not to say that good things haven't happened this year, but we've had our share of misfortune.
I lost my mom in February, a dear friend in spring, and we've lost two (soon to be three) of our four-legged family members this year. Those who read my blog daily know the sordid details.
But soon we'll rip December off our 2012 calendar, and we'll have a fresh slate -- and empty basket that we can fill with an abundance of love and life experiences. I welcome 2013.
I hope you all have a blessed Christmas.


  1. I cannot bear to think about losing one of our 4 furry friends but the clock ticks and time goes on.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your sweet wife and that the new year brings happiness and joy!!!

  2. Awwww Taylor! :-( But I know she will have the bestest time ever - full of love and cuddles and attention with all of you in the time she has left on this earth.

    Take care

  3. this made me cry me eyes out! i've never had a dog, but rescued one two years ago and cannot imagine him not being there. i do wish you love and warmth.

  4. oh I know what you mean....our dog is included in everything family...
    Merry Merry Christmas.

  5. They are so easy to love and so, so hard to let go of. You'll know when the time comes. Hugs ~


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