Living with a brilliant, edgy, athletic dog who suffers from long-term, life-threatening brain inflammation means saying goodbye to what once was.
This is the first in a series of posts:
7 Things I Already Miss
- Believing we had many years together ahead of us
- Being able to go anywhere without worrying about Lilly and racing home to take care of her
- Living with a dog who can potty on her own
- Having Lilly understand and respond to verbal cues quickly
- Taking hikes / walks together
- Doing agility (badly and at home)
- Bonding by taking regular (advanced) dog training classes (group pet dog classes, private herding lessons)
After I published this, I thought of several more.
Snuggling in bed – Lilly cannot get on the bed without help and no longer wants to / seems comfortable on it.
The way she used to fly down the hall, leap onto the bed, and bank off me like a flyball box … when Tom told her to “Go get Mommy”! in the morning.
Sleeping like a real person. Lilly seems to have lost the ability to sleep past about 4:30 – 5:00 am.
OK, one more … wagging. Lilly can no longer wag.