Monday, November 28, 2011

Can I go back to last week?

Last week I dropped Taja dog off at the vet, where she was being kenneled while we went to Oregon for Thanksgiving.  That was Friday.  I took her bed, and a chew toy, and handed her over.  I was a little sad when I climbed into the car.  I love that dog, and I was going to miss her.

I had no idea.

Monday morning the vet called to tell us that Taja had died in her sleep.  Her heart just stopped.  I'm glad it was quick, but my heart hurts that she was not home with her family.

She was a stinky, drooly dog, with floppy ears and a wiggly bum, and we loved her.  It seems a little silly to grieve so much for a dog, but she was really a member of our family.  We're going to bury her in the yard, and plant a tree to mark her grave.

Well miss you, puppy.
Taja Harley Quinn 
(she was AKC papered, and they require ridiculously long names)
AKA Taja, Taja dog, or Puppy.
April 2002- November 21, 2011

Puppy Taja

We have a lot of pictures like this.  Taja was always kind of in the background of whatever was going on.
Taja loved playing soccer with us.

Two Christmases ago


Chewing a bone, enjoying the sunshine- one of her favorite ways to spend an afternoon.

Part of the family.


Kara said...

I'm so sorry! What sad news. And how horrible to hear it from far away. :( Thinking of your family....

Criscell said...

I'm soooo sorry you guys! I was shocked when Caleb told me. And you didn't even really get to say goodbye. She was the best dog--so patient with kids. I consider Caysja's first word (at Baumgartner) "dog dog" was because of Taja.

Lisa said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this news. She was such a good dog. I just always think of her as a young dog, too -- like a puppy -- since she joined you in our "adult" lives, and we're still young, right? Right?

It's so hard to lose a beloved pet. I'm thinking of you and kyle and the boys. I hope the holiday season provides some joy and distraction. {{{Hugs}}}

Charlotte said...

Oh Al! I just saw this - I am so so sorry about the loss of your beloved Taja. Pets truly are members of the family and I'm so sorry that you couldn't be with her when she left:(

Emily said...

So sorry for your loss. I had no idea. I'm sure she knew she was loved.