Friends of ours (the ones we meet on the King’s Arms patio so Ray can join us!) just recently lost their dog. It was his time to leave this world.
I only met Kismet once, in their home, but he was a lovely dog and made quite the impact. While he treated me much like the stranger that I was to him, his interaction with his Mom was lovely. He was lucky to have such a caring, loving family, and their home will undoubtedly be quite “empty” for sometime now.
I have known his Mom and Dad for many years as I used to work for the same organization and in the same building however, Ray moving in with us, added a whole new dimension to our relationship. Now, I can only imagine what they are going through.
Trying to visualize our home without Ray is virtually impossible as he has made himself one of the family. So many decisions that are made here have to consider him. Going out is an obvious one, but so is planning the garden. Our shopping trips are triggered by a need for food, and Ray’s needs are automatically included. Just walking to the store involves him because if we are low on a specific item, then we may have to incorporate a pet supplies store into our route.
Not only do we have to keep track of our medical appointments etc., but Ray also needs his annual checkups and preventive medications.
Ray has become the social focal point for many who live on our street and often takes us across a front lawn, or up a driveway. so that he can “say hello” and get some attention (as well as treats!).
Our days are inevitably planned to accommodate his walks and, in our current temperatures, may have to be scheduled for an evening. In a nutshell, and all you dog owners will no doubt relate, our lives are inherently entwined with that of our canine buddy!
Emotions must be so overwhelming when your home, and lifestyle, dramatically change as a result of the loss of a pet. I can only offer my condolences to Kismet’s Mom and Dad. I can only stress the many happy memories which his involvement in their lives created, and I can only stress how lucky he was to have such a wonderful family to live with.
To Jen and Brian – Kismet was very lucky to have spent time with you guys, and you were so lucky to have been blessed with his presence for so long.
R.I.P. Kismet von Whippet. You have left our world just a little bit better for you being in it.