This dog is Lola. Lola Little. Tiny. She has other nicknames, but those are the ones I know her by. I know she is the poster dog for wonderful Pit Bulls. She never picked a fight and never met a stranger. Today will be her last day in extreme pain. After much soul searching, my sister is doing the bravest thing any of us can do, she's letting go. Lola will cross Rainbow Bridge today. She'll finally be able to run again, bark as loud and as often as she likes, eat donuts for breakfast, swim as long as she wants in the ocean and play in the mud without fear of being put in the bathtub to be able to come back on the bed. She'll be forever warm, that short coat was never warm enough, despite doggy sweatshirts and heavy blankets.
Today, and many days and weeks to come will be hard on my sister. Some days will have moments of crushing pain and endless tears. Lola has been a constant for the last 10 years when many people and places were not. She's seen my sister through some dark times and been there for the fun and wonderful times, too. Lola has always had a never ending supply of tail (whole butt, really) wags and kisses with her giant, pink tongue.
I wanted to find the perfect quote regarding how dogs affect our lives. How I couldn't live without one for very long. How perfect a gift they are from God to us. In the end, I'm going to just leave you with an entire page of quotes. I couldn't pick just one.
To you my sister--you are doing the right thing. Lola would thank you if she could. I wish I could make the pain go away. I won't be able to. Just like with your other dogs, it will be the hardest thing you'll deal with for quite some time. I can't really say anything that will make you feel any better. It's really not appropriate anyway---someone you love is going to be gone. I will just be here to hold your head and hands and listen when you need to talk. I'll be there to be quiet when you don't need to talk. Hugs and much love to you, my sister, on this sad day.
Lola, in heaven, you don't have to share the ice cream with anyone if you don't want to.:)