I suppose today is a milestone day. Not a happy one, but a milestone just the same.
Today we put our family dog Buster down.
Buster was 15 and one of the greatest dogs a family could ever have. Back in 1992, we had only moved to Florida a year earlier. Our daughter was 4, we were in our new home, starting a new life. One Saturday, my husband calls and says, guess what I got? For some reason..I said "a dog"! Not even a question, I just new he had found us a dog. He had. He found Buster at a garage sale, a 8 week old puppy. An adorable white ball of fur. My husband said the momma dog was there and her owners raved about what a delightful dog she was. He was reminded of a dog he had a long time ago, who was a great little mutt, so he picked our Buster out of the box.
We were all delighted with him. I immediately took the puppy in my arms and snuggled and cooed over him. We all fell in love immediately with the little guy.
He did in fact turn out to be a great dog, he trained easily and quickly, always had a sweet demeanor, loved babies and children. He barked at strangers appropriately and loudly, staving off any would be intruders, had they attempted entry however, he would more than likely have licked them to death :-) He was sweet, loving and adorable.
He will be missed, our Buster.
So now, the empty nest has gotten emptier..Dogs and children gone. We are determined though now, to move forward in our lives, my husband and I find ourselves back to the way things were in the beginning, within our home anyway, certainly not in our lives. We look forward to travelling (eventually), we are easily sated with a small meal on trays in front of the TV for dinner. We are throwing ourselves head long into our business which is thriving at the moment. We are closing one chapter of our lives and starting another. That IS what life is all about isn't it.
Rest I peace dear Buster, we love you and we will miss you.