I had to say goodbye to my dog, Freeda.  Tears are falling as I type about such a wonderful member of our family.  I adopted Freeda on June 21, 2001 from a no kill shelter in Virginia.  I had moved down there for a job.  I was kind of lonely.  I did make many friends, but still felt an emptiness.  I missed my family and worked so much!  I finally decided to get a dog.  I was on a mission to get a small dog.  I was renting a house and most places do not welcome large dogs.  I went to the shelter and found so many dogs that were eager to be adopted.  Then, it was that moment, I saw these sad, big brown eyes looking at me.  I felt the connection right away.  Freeda.  I didn't take her home that day because I needed to contact the rental company to make sure that it was okay to adopt her.  I had to pay extra money to keep a dog and agreed to it.  The next day, I went to visit Freeda.  The shelter wanted Freeda and I to interact to see if we were a good match.  It was wonderful, she took her nose and placed it under my hand as if she wanted me to pet her.  We connected. 

     Since the day I adopted her, I was happier and complete.  She was there through thick and thin.  She was there when I began dating my SO, the love of my life.  She was the first to greet my babies when we brought them home.  If I had a bad day at work, I just had to look at her to know everything would be alright.  I thank God that Freeda was a part of my life.  It was one of the hardest decision that I ever had to make.  She was getting old and wasn't as mobile.  I would hear her wimper at night and knew that I had to make the decision of putting her to sleep.  It is Friday, July 30, 2010.  I can't eat and can't stop crying.  I just needed to type this so that people know and to remind myself how wonderful a pet is.  I know the decision that I made was out love for my Freeda.  I just couldn't see her suffer anymore.  I couldn't prolong the inevitable.  It is today that I had to let go, but never forget.  I love you, Freeda, and I miss you so much.  You will always be in my heart and memories.  Thank you for your compassion, loyalty, and most of all, your love. 

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Aug. 20, 2010 at 8:03 AM

I know that was really hard for you.....but you did the right thing.  I've been through this also and I know it's so difficult. Thanks for sharing this.  Your pictures are adorable.....Freeda looks like she was such a loving part of the family.  

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