Ethan and I took Chance to Ledges State Park yesterday morning in a small window before the rain hit. Chance was able to do some good sniffing while I snapped picture after picture. Between last week and yesterday I have three rolls of film to develop. It is like I am hoping that the extra pictures will help me find more memories in my mind.
We spent the afternoon putting streamers up in the dining room and preparing Chance's cake. When Marc came home from he made dinner & I iced the cake. To honor Chance we made things we thought he would like: pigs in a blanket & peas. We sat around & told stories and then played with Ethan until he was so tired he wanted to go to bed early.
Marc and I told more stories and then while Chance rested on his soft old dog bed I euthanized him. The E word...it sounds so horrible. In all actuality it was a gentle & quiet way for my best dog friend to pass to his next adventures. Afterwards I held his paw for quite some time while Marc and I told even more stories about the dog who had his last 'chance' with us.
I love you Chancie & I will miss you a ton. Thank you for protecting me when I was younger and enjoying the family that we became. No one will replace you, my friend. You were a once in a lifetime pet. Stay close and check back in every once in awhile while you make new friends and SHARE your frisbee this time.
Dr. Strobbe lives with her Son, Ethan, in Ames Iowa.