It’s been almost a week now, and I can just about write this without welling up. The trail finally came to an end for our beautiful, smart and loyal border-golden mix, Maddie. 16 plus years is a pretty good run for any dog, but if you’ve ever had one like her you would agree it’s way too short.
We got her because she needed a home, a rescue of sorts, but we had no idea how much we were the ones going to get rescued. She was exercise partner, yard guardian, therapist, plush toy, work supervisor, floor pacer, ball chaser, neighborhood hero, explosive hair bomb factory, and most importantly, one constant source of love and companionship.
She was a picture of God’s grace to us. Unmerited, unconditional and and unending. Until last week. There’s a big empty spot in the kitchen now, and in our family. It was awful to say goodbye, and I won’t be ready for that again for a long time. But it was worth it to have “the best dog ever” with us for as long as we did.