My life has had its ups and downs over many years, but losing Lily has been one of the worst times. Oh, I’ve put on a brave front. Lets face it – everyone thinks “She’s just a dog – get over it.” The truth is that it hasn’t been easy. I really miss her. Simply put, there’s a huge void in my heart that has been made even worse by other issues. Not having Lily around has made holding up that much worse for me.
There is the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I’m trying but it’s been so hard. To cope, I remind myself that I will soon have Ozzy and he’ll bring a whole new energy and vitality into the house.
There are some words spoken by the family veterinarian that you never want to hear. The pronouncement of those words are always followed by sadness, loss of hope and the inevitable death of a beloved four-footed friend.
This is what happened on the Sunday before Christmas, again at holiday time. It wasn’t all that long ago that I had heard these almost identical words spoken when Britney suddenly fell ill on the black Friday after Thanksgiving. I tried to fight the inevitable. Together Britney and I fought her illness but she couldn’t be saved. She lived through Christmas and New Year and then lost her battle on January 10.
Then my four-footed shadow Lily became ill. It was also very sudden. There was nothing that could be done. The veterinarian was sad and truly upset when she said, “Lily’s kidneys are failing.” Then she added, “I hate having to say this.” She spoke about Lily’s test results and then she said, “Nothing can be done to save her.”
There it was! My sweet Lily was doomed. If we were talking about a human, there would be dialysis or a possible kidney transplant. This was a dog, a very tiny dog, and the outcome was dismal. Lily was going to die –
Her loss was almost unbearable to me and, honestly, it has been tough. I decided to put all my effort into finding another Pomeranian that would love life with us.
And that is how I found Shadow in Alabama and Ozzy in New Jersey. I fell in love with their pictures.
When it became too difficult to get Shadow transported to Connecticut, I put all my focus on Ozzy. I know that dogs have a wonderful home with us in Connecticut and enjoy life with us. We have two other pommies for company and a whole lot of love to give. Winston is now an older fellow of almost 13 with a seriously enlarged heart that he has had for two years.
Recently I adopted a pommie to take Britney’s place from the Humane Society that I thought would keep Lily company if anything happened to Winnie. Since I’m now left with only Winnie and Pezzie, and I miss Lily so much, I am grateful to have found my new pom pom.
Ozzy is a rescue Pomeranian who has been fostered by a remarkable woman in New Jersey. She has brought Ozzy along from difficult times at his original house and is pleased that he is coming to a dog-friendly home. Save-A-Mutt Kennel fosters a lot of dogs that would enjoy finding a forever home, so if you would like to save a deserving animal, think of them. You pay an adoption fee that includes everything including spaying or neutering and transporting.
So while I’ve gone through the doldrums, I do have hope and another four-legged tail wagger moving in soon. He will bring his own doggie magic and make my pom pom pack three again. He will heal my void, I’m sure, and become the newest family member.
Welcome home Ozzy.
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