For most of us, dogs are a big part of our lives. They can entertain us, comfort us, protect us and, from time-to-time, really annoy us. All in all, life is better with dogs in it. So this month, we gave four writers the assignment to write about dogs from four different perspectives. From the struggle of coping with a loss, to the pros and cons of adding a dog to an empty nest, we’ll take you on an emotional — and practical — journey concerning the living, dying and loving of dogs.
My phone pings with a new email notification. “You have three new matches.” I giddily click to review the possibilities of my next relationship. “What has you so engrossed?” my husband inquires as I scroll with avid concentration.
The kids have moved out and it’s time to start checking some items off your bucket list. Finally, you have the time and flexibility to travel. Perhaps you dream of traipsing across Europe, or touring America’s National Parks. Maybe, it’s time for that extended visit with your snowbird friends in a warmer climate.
My old dog Cooper died. He had been shaky for weeks, needing help up and down the porch steps, a boost onto the sofa. He had lost any interest in food. He still went out every morning, and I’d watch him wandering in the increasingly green grass of spring, poking around after whatever varmints had had the temerity to cross our night time yard.