December was a rough month for my family and not for the usual reasons. We did celebrate Christmas as you may have read that post earlier in the month. It was hard for us because we found out that our beloved Akita, Tala, had inoperable trachea cancer.
I spent much of the month rushing her from one emergency vet clinic to the next while the doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with her. Tala has been my constant companion 24/7 for 8 years. People laughed when I told them I spent more time with her than I did my husband, but that was my reality.
For those who have never experienced the unconditional love of a dog, I know you don’t “get it,” for those that have, I know you will understand why I haven’t written, and I thank you for your compassion and understanding.
I would like to share my son’s tribute to his beloved girl:
“I’d say choosing you was the best thing we ever did, but we didn’t choose you – You chose us. From all the long car rides, playing outside and with little toy cars and bouncy balls, to training you (and having to retrain you whenever I got back from Uni because the parents slacked), to cuddles and being the welcome wagon at the ferry or airport, to being our constant companion and protector, thanks for all the love and laughter you provided all the years. Rest easy beautiful.”