Family walk, March 18, 2012
I can't bring myself to say she passed away, or passed on, or succumbed to old age, or was put to sleep. None of these phrases do justice to the amount of suffering she endured in recent days. None of these communicate how tough it was to decide to end her pain.
She was our companion for almost 13 years. She was a good dog. She was the BEST dog. Never once since I went to the Dawson Creek SPCA in 1999 and saw her -- the only dog in the entire pound not barking, but instead wagging her tail and smiling -- have I ever met or seen a dog who was half as sweet, gentle, patient, good-natured, playful or happy.
Tomorrow morning we will wake up and she won't be here. My near-constant companion for 13 years is gone. This hurts so much more than I expected.
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These are some of my favourite photos of Falafel:
The photo that earned her a place in a dog calendar. Taken in June 2001.
With Osiris, September 2011
With Ezri, March 2012
Thanks to everyone -- my real life friends and family and my "imaginary" friends from the internet -- for being so supportive. I am touched by your kindness and compassion.