Sept. 2016 - Dec 2, 2017
This has got to be one of the hardest parts about becoming attached to a furbaby and I really am at loss of words on what to say right now.. but I do know that Tucker's paw has made a huge imprint on my heart and I'd like to take a moment and speak on how this little guy changed my life.
Although, he did not belong to me, I felt like he was my very own. I remember around this time last year, I met him for the very first time. My life-long friend Stacie brought him to my home to watch the Iron Bowl. He stayed curled up in a small ball of fur, pressed safely against her chest as he slept.
I was smitten!
It didn't take long for the little guy to grow into his own . He was always happy, carefree and he loved a good challenge and adventure. His little size did not hold him back from hanging with the big dogs.
He was the 'house' favorite play mate and my two, Lola and Millie, couldn't wait to have a full day of fun when we would all hang out. I have so many good memories of them all together where they use to play, places they would go and trips that we all would take.
Tucker touched my life within the short time he was here because without him, I honestly feel that Millie would not be as advanced with where she is today. She was so timid when she first got to my home.. Everything was scary to her and then she met Tucker.
He showed her how to enjoy life, live in the moment and not be scared of everything and anything. He built her confidence and taught her how to play. It didn't take long for Millie to learn that chase was a game and that it was FUN!
On our last day together, it was the perfect day.. we spent the whole day together, little did we know what dark and heavy heartache lay ahead of us. It crushes my spirit to know that Tucker took his last breath out on the street in front of my home and I cannot, for the life of me, ever get this out of my head.
The home that he had come to love and visit, a safe-haven for dogs, the place where all dogs could run and play without any worry.. it all changed in a blink of an eye.
The back yard that once was filled with cheer and fun memories now is vacant, still and empty. The grey sky mimics that of my melancholy mood and the wind chimes sound as though they call out for the precious life we have lost.
I miss him terribly, I know Lola and Millie will always wonder where he is and I can't even begin to imagine the heartache my friend is experiencing right now.
The only peace and solice I can find right now is knowing that Tucker had the BEST life ever. He experienced more than the average dog. He had a lot of love, a lot of friends and a lot of fun! His life was not in vain.. within the short year he had on this earth, he touched many and taught many too!
This is what I like so much about photographs.. They are proof that once, even if just a heartbeat, everything was perfect.