Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Time is Precious

So as some of you may know, our dog Indiana has cancer. It's a type of terminal cancer that most big dogs, like yellow labs, get as they age. It's not something I ever thought I've had to deal with and it has put a strain on me and the Viking. Where all the laughter used to be is now full of questions like, "How's Indi?" "How are her gums?" "Did she poop?" "Did she eat?" Our time apart and together is focused on keeping this dog happy and pain free until it's time to say our goodbyes.

While we try and make time to go out to dinner and do things alone together, my mind is always focused on Indiana and how she is doing.

We cancel requests to hang out with friends, rethink events and happenings that keep us away more than 2 hours from the house, and we've put a stop on having fun in more ways than one.

But it's really all okay because one day we won't see her face, feel her soft fur or hear her bellowing barks. One day she will be gone and until that, if we have to sacrifice what once was our daily life, then that's what we do.

I'm sure it's hard for other couples going through this with a mother, father, sister or brother or other relative. How do they manage the stress? How do you include fun when you know something/someone you love is in a slow decline?

While Indiana is doing well right now, eventually that will all change. I just hope we don't.

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