Today was a very emotional day.
We said good-bye this afternoon to a very familiar face to The Hydrant crew, and one of our very best doggie friends, Oliver.
Unfortunately, his health was quickly declining, and after a couple of very difficult days the decision was made to say goodbye. He was having seizures, and he could no longer stand without assistance. His parents are on vacation (I can’t imagine …) and had to make the very very difficult choice.
I feel incredibly blessed to have been there. I got to hold his head, as he slowly drifted off to sleep. It was the calmest I’ve seen him in awhile. He has had a wonderful 8 years, full of life and love.
I truly hope my familiar face and voice was enough to put his heart at ease.
Oliver was my first introduction to the Bulldog world, and for that he’ll always have a very special spot in my heart. I will never forget the first time I saw him. IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT! His huge body, and little head! His little mashed up face, his little TEETH (!!), and that tongue … all of which I couldn’t resist. He gave the best kisses ever, and he always went CRAZY when I walked in the room; he knew I ALWAYS had treats for him! He would leap and bound towards me!
He was always so patient with me, as he was my ‘test bully’, for learning how to clean the particular folds of his face, chin and eyes. I would always tease him that his ears were full of wax, and I’d chase and tease him around the unit during his ear cleaning time! Ultimately, he would always sit so well, like he knew I needed a bit of extra time to figure out what was going on ;)
Vacuuming and Swiffering will never be the same, as that was one thing that really got him going into zoomie mode.
These memories are everlasting.
May you rest in peace, my big bullie boy. I promise Logan will look over your baby bro, Owen.
I love you with all of my heart, and will always be remembered.