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Lily was not the smartest dog in the world. On the block, even. But she had a lot of energy and a very sweet nature. She wouldn't fetch. Frisbees confounded her. She had waaaay too much hair. She wanted to be very, very close to whomever would pet her, even if they protested, "Please! You are a very nice dog but it is 95 degrees out and 100% humidity and 50% of that is your incredible dogbreath. Gah!" (Gah is the sound of aspirated fluff. She had two kinds of fur: a combable hairy top coat that crinkled up when wet and an unending supply of weightless fleece. You could reach in and pull out handful after handful and it would float away like furry puffs of smoke.) She was never friendly to other dogs when we met them on walks, but she liked Smarty, the next-door neighbor dog, and she tolerated guest dogs reasonably well. She liked people of all sizes, even extra-small people who would grab the occasional fistful of eyebrow and tug.

So I liked my dog. And when she started to decline over the past few weeks I kept thinking that if she got truly miserable then I would have to, well, kill her. So yesterday she was truly miserable and I really wish that I had taken her a day earlier but at least it's all done now.


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May. 14th, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
No more Lily leans ("hello human, you look like you could support me"), or questioning sniffs from my cats when I get home. She was a very nice dog, I'm sorry she's gone. Victoria will miss her -- who will clean up the floor when she accidentally drops a bit of food?
May. 14th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
True, she wasn't the brightest, but she was sweet. I'm glad she didn't have to suffer for too long.
May. 14th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
I only met her the one time, but she was a lovely dog. I know how hard it can be to make that decision, and to try to time it exactly right... If you had taken her in a day earlier, you may have ended up wondering if she'd have recovered and had a few more good weeks.
May. 14th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, Koralleen. It sounds like she was well-appreciated.
May. 15th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your dog.

Sometimes, when I go over to my Mom and Dad's house, I still have this sense that a dog is going to run up to me when I open the door. It has been about a year since their dog passed away.
May. 17th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
ohh Maaan
I am sorry to hear of her demise. This is never easy and I am sad that she is gone now. Lily was a very essential kind of dog, in that I was able to get vast amounts of dogness from her whenever I was around her. Enough to to tide me over for a while.
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