Thank you to everyone who made such nice comments about my kiddies! You’re all very kind. Anyways, on with today’s post. Every time March rolls around it reminds me of so many beautiful things coming back to life. Lovely flowers blooming, luscious green grass growing, dogs barking and playing in the park. March is a bitter-sweet month for me. It was this month 2 years ago that I lost my dog to diabetes. It was also this month that we celebrated his birthday every year. His name was Pepsi. Yes I know, what was I thinking naming my dog Pepsi? I’m sure the hubby’s just glad I didn’t try naming my kids Coke and Sprite.
Anyways, this sweet little Miniature Pinscher (AKA Min Pin) brought so much joy and laughter into my life the moment I brought him home from the breeder. Pepsi wasn’t just a dog to me. This may sound crazy, but he was like my little son. I babied him like any mom would baby their own child. I didn’t want him to have to go out in minus 30 degree (celsius) weather to relieve himself so I even went as far as training him to go in the bathtub. Since he was a small dog he would just jump in, do his thing and then jump out (of course we would clean it right away). I know that sounds ridiculous to some people but that worked well for us. At times he would get so tired from his walks that I would carry him the rest of the way home. Sometimes I don’t know who got more exercise, him or me. He had his own hamburger bed but he was allowed to sleep with me in my bed whenever he wanted as well. There’d be times when I woke up at the edge almost falling off and guess who would be all comfy in my spot? (sorry about the blurriness)
I’ll always remember those fun, stress free off-leash park days. It is quite true that pets help relieve stress.
He was definitely mommy’s little boy. I’ll always miss snuggling with him.
He loved playing with his buddies Mocha and Toffee.
Okay sometimes he was a little bully, but what fun is a playdate without a little roughhousing?
Making the decision to let go of this cute little face was the hardest, most heartbreaking thing I ever had to do by far. He suffered with diabetes for a while before I finally said it was enough and made the decision to end his suffering. It got so bad that he actually went blind and started bumping into everything, the poor little guy. Sometimes I wonder if I made the right decision. I didn’t even have the strength to bring him in to be put down. I got as far as driving him there, said my goodbyes to him in the car, and then Gary had to take over. So in a way I never felt that I had closure from the whole situation. Maybe this post will help bring some closure for me.
Dogs see no colour, they don’t care how much money you have, they don’t judge you based on outer appearance, and they don’t expect their meals to be extravagant. As long as you give them food, shelter, and a little love, they will return that love ten times greater. They are extremely loyal; I mean does your hubby (or anyone else) run to the door wagging his tail (if he had one) jumping up and down waiting to greet you with a huge smile every time you get home? If he does, wow, tell him to come teach my hubby. By the time I found out my dog had diabetes it was too late. For that reason I would like to help other dog owners be aware of the signs of diabetes. These are the big signs that I overlooked:
- excessive drinking
- excessive urinating
- frequent accidents
In order to truly enjoy life and all its beauty, I believe that one must be free of all suppressions. The more you’re willing to let go, the closer it will bring you to freedom and happiness. So today I am attempting to let go of my guilt and dedicate this post to my boy Pepsi. RIP sweet boy. You gave me the most memorable days of my life. No other dog could ever take your place. You will forever hold a special place in my heart ❤
What do you love doing with your pet(s)? Do you have a memorable time you would like to share?