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.