Monday, July 21, 2014

Saying goodbye to my boy

I have cried a river of tears the last 2 weeks as I dealt with the knowledge of my beloved boy Chubb's aka Tubblywubblybubblyboo time had come to cross the rainbow bridge. My mind knows it was the humane choice but my heart is broken. It doesn't matter how many times I have faced this decision in my life, I am still never quite prepared for the onslaught of grief.  

To some people they would say, "He is just an animal". But he wasn't. He was my companion, my confidant, my protector and my family.

I hope you all will take a moment to join me in celebrating the gift of nearly 12 years I was lucky enough to be Chubb's human.

You were a roly poly gangly furball with the big ears and even bigger paws. And absolutely irresistible.

Those long nights filled with whimpering and crying because you wouldn't go to sleep without me. And then there was the actual  puppy whimpering because you wouldn't go to sleep without me. The terrible toddler years. Oh, how many shoes, sunglasses, pillows, and blankets did we replace because of the teething stage? I would be so upset until I looked into your soulful brown eyes and I would just melt as you wagged your tail.

You were the annoying little brother dog always tagging along and hanging on (literally) to your patient older brother dog Maxwell. I think this is the epitome of puppy love.

Even when you outgrew the little brother description

There were the rambunctious tween years when you would have "mad dog" tantrums tearing through the house at top speed, leaving a trail of overturned chairs, tables and broken  everything  in your wake. You were the alpha male with attitude.

As you matured in a somewhat mellow fellow you found some of your favorite activities involved riding in the car, eating and sitting as close to mommy as possible...preferably in her lap. But your all time favorite activity was lounging. It didn't matter where...couch, floor, bed, doggie den or steps. 

 The last few years have been hard (for me) as your steps slowed, your vision faded and your muzzle turned frosty. The one thing that never changed is the unconditional love you had for me and I had for you.  I hope you feel no more pain, are running free with a never ending supply of "ewies" (that's rawhide chewies). I love you, Tubblywubblybubblyboo. You will always be my number 1 boy!

If it should be.... 
If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
but don't let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail it's last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

by Julia Napier, copyright 1999

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day and a little buzz...

 I hope everyone has a happy and safe celebration this weekend!

While surfin' the web today I came across a series -This Built America- based on businesses for Made in America products. One of  the featured videos was for Kelley Beekeeping

They have expanded into chicken flock keeping by building and selling nesting boxes but I didn't see those on the website. It is noted they have products at Rural King. I LOOOOVVVE Rural King, haha.

How many of you bloggies use Kelley products?  I am not a beekeeper (to scared because I am allergic!) or a chicken flock keeper (well...because of my dogs and an unfenced yard--maybe someday) but  though this was great story on a  little company that has done right by keeping jobs in America, all while providing products to help people towards self sufficiency. You can watch the video HERE. And after watching this it made me have a craving for honey.

This made me think how many little businesses are out there that can proudly state Made in America, promote self sufficiency and --for the perfect trifecta--are environmentally responsible? Who do you know, that you want to share?

What are everyone's plans for today? Grilling out? Camping? Fireworks? The hubbs has some backyard fireworks planned and we are grilling out. Although I am feeling slightly inadequate after perusing pinterest and seeing all of the AWESOME patriotic themed dishes. We are cooking burgers, hot dogs, chicken and foil veggie packets. Nothing fancy. 

I would love to read about what y'all are doing, so be sure to post a comment. I am off to enjoy the day! Happy 4th y'all!