So my mom got me a puppy. She told me that if I helped take care of him, he would grow big and strong and he would protect me.
That dog means so much to me. He made me feel safe when nothing else did. He was there to cuddle with me when I cried. And went with me when I'd ride my bike and go walking in the woods. More than once we stoodn outside together while my mom hosed us down when we came back muddy from the creek.
When we moved out, we chose to leave him at my mom's. She had another dog and they were very close plus she has a huge yard and where we were moving to, he'd have to be inside most of the time. Plus, we are at her house a lot anyway.
He still protects me. Even though he is old and blind in one eye. He protects my kids.
I just got the call that he is sick and most likely he is going to have to be euthanized. I'm not I can handle this right now.