Friday, September 13, 2013

A Beginning & An End

It's been another big week at our house. Colson started Kids' Day Out on Monday. He was so ready to go to "school" like his big bro. He will go two days a week.
 Cutie pies
 Colson loves backpacks. He has three of them and one is usually on his back. He wears them around the house filled with his treasures. Pennies, toothbrushes, rocks, cars and anything else he can get from Zach's room. Ha!
He has the sweetest teachers and had a wonderful first day.
We've also had some sadness at our house this week. We said goodbye to our sweet German Shepherd Riley. She was almost 10 years old. She had arthritis that grew progressively worse, and it became so bad over the weekend she could hardly walk, stand or sit. We couldn't take it seeing her in so much pain.
Riley has been around almost as long as Jason and I have been married. She was a Christmas present I gave to him. We picked her out of the litter because she was a feisty one. ; ) I remember driving away with her in our car thinking, "What have we done?" Our first big responsibility!
The first night at home she whined and cried and Jason and I took turns with her until we gave up. We picked up her crate, put it in our bedroom and didn't hear a sound from her the rest of the night. She just wanted to be with us.

Ri was such a love. She's been with us in three houses. She let the boys tug on and play with her. She shed everywhere, destroyed our backyard, and made us crazy sometimes, too. That's all a part of having a dog, and now Jason won't have anything to complain about. ; )
 These past few days have been hard coming home, and I'm a homebody. Her dog bowls. Her leash. The yard feels so empty without her running around. I miss how she was always waiting for us when we got home, always right at the car door to see the boys. We love to be outside, and she was always right there with us. I miss hearing her moving around. She always made me feel safe when Jason was gone.

I'm very thankful she's not hurting anymore. That's the most important thing. Zach and Colson are ok. Now I just have this big ache in my heart I have to deal with. Z tells me I cry all the time and have crazy hair. Really? At least he makes me smile.
Goodbyes are terrible. Ahh! Hope your week has been better than mine. ; )

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

85 comments:

Tristan said...

so sorry for the loss of your precious pup..it's terrible to lose them, even if it's for the best!!

the boys are getting so big, so handsome!

Dianna said...

Colson is such a cutie! He is too cute with his backpack on.

I am sorry for your loss of Riley. I don't know what I will do when my boy Ranger dies. It is already hard seeing him get older.

katrynka said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog. It is so difficult, they are a part of the family. We lost our jake to bone cancer in February. He was 8.5, it just was not long enough. 10 years is not long enough either. They leave such a hole in our hearts.

Lara said...

I read your post and just SOBBED! We have two sweet Shepherds of our own, and while they are just the sweetest, most amazing dogs, they aren't known for living to old age. The thought of ONLY have ten years to spend with them is just heartbreaking. They are my kiddos best buddies, and mine too.

I'm so, so sorry to hear the news about Riley! They really steal a piece of your heart!

Allison said...

So sorry about Riley.

Your boys are so very handsome!

Maryellen said...

Katie I totally understand the lose of a pet. They are truly members of our family. I like to think Riley is spending time with Reese now.

It's been almost 3 years and I still have tears over my sweet Westie Solomon.

Praying your memories bring you comfort.

Becky said...

I am holding our Amish puppy mill rescue whom we got after our black lab mix had to be euthanized. That has been almost three years ago and I still miss him so very much. Our German Shepherd is 10 and I can tell he is slowing down too. I am dreading the day......

Ashley said...

Sorry to hear about your sweet pup. Sounds like he was a loved member of your family who'll be greatly missed.

Your boys look handsome(as usual)!

Simple, Graceful Living said...

Ahhh... the dog! So sorry!

But Molly Cate has been so excited Colson is in class with her. I have heard about him a lot this week. :)

Rachelle H said...

awww. we had to put our dog to sleep last October, and the past few days I have been so sad about it again! must have been feeling it right along with you ;) There is an ache in your heart, because you know them like your own babies and their presence is so wonderful. so sorry :(

ashley said...

Oh, this just makes me so sad!! I have some sweet memories of Riley as well...camping when she was a puppy and a skunk spraying her...and of course that rubber chicken brings a smile to my face. So sorry sweet friend!

Gail said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Riley. You lost a best friend. It is so difficult watching our furry friends suffer.
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Lauren said...

It's ok to cry all the time AND to have crazy hair. I will cry all the time when Waco goes, she was our first baby and I can't imagine her leaving us. Hang in there, it will get easier! I'm sure when the time is right you will get a new puppy and then you'll be up all night thinking...what have we done!! ;)
Love you!!

Beth said...

Aww, Katie, I know that pain--they are such a part of our family--a member who is always there to give us love. We lost our Kona girl at age 6 to cancer. My heart still hurts but we are finally feeling ready to welcome another pup into our hearts and home.

Leslie said...

Oh Katie, I'm sorry to hear about Riley. I remember her from when you lived across from us at Stonebridge. I know my kids will be sad to hear about her too, but I'm glad she's not hurting anymore. Hugs to you.

Becky said...

A new week, Katie. I am thinking about you.

belle said...

:( It's so hard to say goodbye to our furbabies!!

prayers and hugs to you all-

DianeTaylor said...

Hi Katie, sorry I am late on commenting but I had to give you a virtual hug about your sweet Riley. I believe with all my heart that God gave us our pets so we could experience unconditional love. It certainly sounds like Riley gave you all that and more. What a sweet pup - so sorry for your loss. And you do NOT have crazy hair, lol!

Lauren said...

SO soooo sorry to hear about sweet dog!!! Big hugs friend!!!! XOXOXO

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