I can’t believe it’s already April and this semester of school is coming to a close soon. I’ll be very honest and say that these past few months have been difficult. I decided to wait a few weeks to break the news just because I was so emotional about it for a while. We lost our sweet little girl Candy to heart failure on Valentines Day.
We knew the day would eventually come. She had been diagnosed with heart failure years ago but she fought it like a champ. She started coughing a little around Thanksgiving last year and we knew that was the beginning symptoms of the disease taking hold. It wasn’t until a week or so before Valentines Day that her symptoms started to worsen to the point that she was struggling to breathe. She would sit on the floor with her front legs spread wide to open up her chest so she could breathe, and her coughing at night was unbearable. We made a promise when we got her that we would show mercy and not let her suffer, and so we made the decision to let her go before it got any worse. The end stages of heart failure are scary and agonizing, and it would have been nothing short of cruel to let it go any further.
Candy was an angel and I still miss her terribly. She was bequeathed to me by my MIL and she was the best gift Betty ever gave me. Rest in sweet peace Miss Candy Well.
You may have noticed the title of this post is “The Needle Noses.” After we lost Candy the house was so empty it was unreal. This house was built with the intention that a greyhound would always live here, and it was a shame to let that big backyard go to waste. So we started looking into fostering another hound with the intention of adopting. We attended the GPANashville Winter Gathering and met several fine young hounds up for adoption, along with some Super Seniors as well. I swear I cried for the first 30 minutes we were there. Everywhere I looked I saw Candy, but eventually I got over it and the excitement of meeting new hounds overtook the sadness.
One hound in particular caught our eye. He was a three-year-old brindle with the sweetest disposition. He was full of energy and seemed to be cool as a cucumber despite all the chaos of other hounds around him. We knew he was the one. One week later he came over for a house visit and never left. I’m happy to formally introduce our newest family member, Gable Eric Julian!
Is that not the most innocent, sweet face you’ve ever seen? Haven’t you always wanted a dog to look at you like that? Like you’re the only thing in the world that matters to him? I hate to break it to ya, but he was staring longingly at the pig’s ear Michael was holding just above the camera. Hey, you do what you have to!
Eric has adjusted to his new lifestyle like a rock star. He had no social anxieties so we’re getting him out in public as much as possible. He’s very popular at our local bank drive-through, and he’s even made some friends at Home Depot.
So that’s our latest big news around here. Aside from all this, I’ve just been plugging away at design school and doing my best to keep my head above water. I’m hoping to be able to share some of my school projects with you, but until then I’ll be posting more updates around the house soon. And yes, they involve animals. Go figure.
Have a great week everyone!