Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Woman's Best Friend

We lost our Como dog today. We knew the time would be soon, but I was still unprepared to let him go so suddenly. Today he had one of his "episodes" but made a valiant effort to be in the loft near where we were working, lost control, and slipped away.

Como was about one year old when I adopted him from the Hennepin County Humane Society. He was a "three time loser." He'd been brought in as a puppy, adopted, returned, adopted, returned, and then I adopted him. They were required to tell me as I filled out the paperwork that other people had returned him because he required a lot of attention. I took one look at his good face and said "that's ok, I want him anyway." He promptly walked over and lifted his leg on the statue in the lobby as if to say "I'm outta here!"
Como when we first got him - a young male in a house of females - note the television remote nearby.  (Como was half Gordon Setter, half Springer Spaniel.)


In the first year we had him, he had moments of driving us absolutely crazy - he got into the trash, chewed up the porch furniture, and other behavior issues that came with not being in a forever home from a young age.  BUT - he also "rode shotgun" in the moving van with my Oldtimer when we went from Minneapolis to Warrenton, has been my faithful companion and protector when we lived apart those 17 months, and loved me unconditionally - as only a great dog can.  He kept Bekah company during her first pregnancy, acted as my pillow and confidant during the lonely times, and was the first participant in the early morning biscuit launch.

Como last summer, surrounded by the other boys and looking up at one of us - see the love?

My Oldtimer said it best.  There's a hole in our hearts today.  There's no replacement for the eagerness and love and enthusiasm that Como lavished on all of us.  It'll be sad around here for a while.

17 comments:

DJackson said...

So sorry! Been there...no words.
Love
Daryl

Earl said...

So sorry to hear about you and Gerry's loss. Over the years we have had to suffer this heartache and it never is easy, just know that we feel your pain.

Jennifer Rose said...

:( sorry for the families loss :(

Linda Fleming said...

Oh Sue! I am so sorry to read this. Losing a beloved dog is heart breaking, I know. Why can't dogs have longer life spans? *sigh*
Big hugs to you and Oldtimer.

GraceBeading said...

Sue... I'm so very sorry to hear you lost your faithful companion. Sending a virtual hug to you and your oldtimer

joggerellablog said...

What a sweet, loving ~ devoted face.

JudiA said...

Oh, oh Sue, I am so sorry. There just aren't any words. I hurt for you and your family.

MaryO said...

Aw, Sue, you have my heartfelt sympathy. I know how you loved your Como. My best to you and Old Timer, too.

Jacque Uetz said...

Oh Sue this brought tears, I know you loved her so much ..I feel for you and Gerry today!! Big hugs

Sprite said...

Oh Sue, I'm sooo soo so very sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you and your family. What a beautiful doggie. Rest in sweet peace Como.

Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs,
Sprite

Bear said...

Dearest Sue and family
I am so sad for you all He finely found in you what he had always wanted unconditional love

Vale Como may you forever run wild and free in Rainbow heaven
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxox

Serena said...

I'm all choked up after reading your post. I am very sorry for your loss. :(

hoppa said...

I have tears readibg this. So sorry to hear readiung this and my heart goes out to you and Gerry.

Hugs,
Hoppa

BumbleVee said...

awwww Sue.... so sorry to read this... it brings tears to my eyes too....

sending hugs....
Vee

:Diane said...

I know my three best friends are barking a loud and rowdy welcome to Como in doggie heaven.

HElen said...

Dear Sue, sooo sorry for your loss of beloved Como...I feel your pain, sorry, sorry

Carla said...

This makes me so sad. I'm sorry.