Yesterday Patrick and I made the very hard decision to put our 14 year old chocolate lab Roscoe down. I use the word "our" loosely as he most definitely was Patrick's dog. He has had him since he was 6 weeks old. When I first met Patrick it was made very clear from the start that if he ever had to choose between Roscoe and Me he would always choose Roscoe! I even joked about this at our rehearsal dinner when I gave him a painting I had commissioned of Roscoe!
I have never met a dog like Roscoe. He was literally the most patient gentle soul you will ever meet. From the start he was wonderful with the boys. He let them climb all over him, pull his tail, play in his food, poke his face, step on him and he never seemed bothered in the least. When I think about sweet Roscoe these are the things I'm going to miss, we will never find another dog like that.
Roscoe was old, he had awful arthritis in his back legs and he has had trouble getting up and down for quite some time. He has progressively gotten worse over the last several months and in fact, we really didn't think he would make it this far. Making the decision to put him down was the hardest thing Patrick has ever done. There is never a good time to say goodbye to a pet!
I am going to miss walking in the door and immediately looking for him. He always laid right by the sofa under where I sat. He drove me crazy with his loud panting but now I find myself listening for it.
We told Jack this morning that he needed to give Roscoe love before he left for school because he would be going to Heaven. Jack has had moments of sadness and asked several times when Roscoe is coming home. We keep reminding him that he is in Heaven and Jack told us "I want to go too!".
It is going to take some time for our hearts to mend and the void that we are feeling to be filled. I know that we will one day get another dog, but we will never find another Roscoe, he was literally a one in a million kind of dog!!
I had plans to participate in the "remember the little things" link up today, but really wanted to share this post! So come back tomorrow to see all the funny things (and there are quite a few!) that Jack has been saying lately. I have made a point to write them all down!