Since Shiva and I are on vacation all week, we have asked several of our fellow bloggers to fill in while we enjoy long naps on the sofa. After a crazy agility workshop on Sunday afternoon, we are feeling just that lazy. Today’s guest post is brought to you by the always-entertaining writer of Dog is God in Reverse. Human to four very different dogs, she offers a unique perspective on life and remaining sane. Quite frankly, I don’t know how she has survived all this time. I’d like to thank Kari for taking the time out of her insanely busy life to help us out!
We recently added a fourth, yes fourth, dog to our family. Having been a life-long Scooby Doo lover I just couldn’t say no when a friend told me about an 8 year old Great Dane at animal control. Breed rescue had been called but they said “No, she’s too old.” Her time was up, she had already been there for two weeks which is longer than most get. After some time spent convincing the husband (I travel for work every week so the dogs are mostly his responsibility) we made the decision.
I was immediately in a state of shock. Could I really do this? What if she dies right away? What if she is sick (even though the animal control exam found nothing) and it is something incurable? I didn’t have these fears with our other three dogs. Baily came to us as a pup from rescue, Mesa was 9 months old from animal control and Big Carl was 2 from rescue. The biggest question that lurked for me was “Can I let myself love her as much as I do the others, knowing that we have so little time together?” It sounds selfish but the life expectancy of a Great Dane is 7-10 years, and she was already 8. I told many people how I was setting myself up for heartbreak.
When I returned home on Thursday night from work, I was greeted by Tori and instantly fell head over heels in love. I took her to my vet and was given a clean bill of health. Over the past couple weeks she has really come out of her shell and I fall more in love each day. I know it won’t be easy and that the end will come too soon, but I have decided to open my heart and embrace what time I have with this goofy, attention loving pup.