Just a quick post to break the silence. It has been a difficult and long week. As Shane has pointed out on his blog, we lost over dog this past week. An event that has been far more difficult to deal with than I had even imagined it would be. Given she had been very sick for a while, I had myself convinced that I would be able to take things much easier knowing that her suffering would be over and perhaps taking comfort in the fact that she lived a long good life. Turns out I had no idea what I was talking about. As it happens you cannot lose a significant part of your life and family for nearly a decade and just take it in stride.
What makes it worse is that as hard as I am taking this, I know it has been even harder for Shane who loved Zhiva more than I have ever seen anyone love a pet. She adored him as well and lived to receive all the attention and love she got from him. So it was fitting that right up until her last moment he was there to assure her she was a good pup and that she was loved.
My heart is broken in two places this week.