This post was originally posted in July of 2008 on my old blog site. Since I’m having writers block I decided to share an old one with you.
Summer Vacation and the Death of a Friend
We just finished one of the best family vacations we have ever had. I borrowed my dads boat and we along with some friends went to the Scurlock lake house at Deerpoint Lake in Panama City. Our friends brought their boat as well. We pulled tubes, ski’s, road up into a creek almost everyday for a cool swim and ate!!!!!!!!!!!! I just don’t know when I’ve ever enjoyed a vacation more than this one. Seven days on the water with my beautiful family and with great friends. Chris and Adam fished and caught about thirty keepers (brim) off of the pier. We fried those fish, made some cheese grits, cole slaw and hush puppies and had a feast. We played and ate so hard that when it was time to come home we were exhausted.Today a friend died. Oscar our family pet. Oscar was a miniature Dachshund. He was ten years old and we have had him since he was about eight weeks old. Last night Felicia put him outside for his final potty break before bed. Just a few minutes later a neighbor knocked on our front door. Oscar went into the street and she hit him with her car. He was bloody and in shock. We took him immediately to the vet who gave him some shots and said we would take x-rays in the morning (today). This morning we took those ex rays. Oscar’s pelvic bone was broken in four places. His bottom jaw was broken too. I talked with the doctor and he told me that he thought that Oscar could be nursed back to health over a course of many weeks. Felicia and I talked and decided to bring him home from the animal hospital when the doctor thought it would be ok. I went back to the hospital to ask the doctor some more questions. While there the doctor discovered that Oscar had a broken front leg as well. We were still not sure that there were no internal injuries. I could tell that the dr. wanted me to have Oscar put to sleep but he would not say it. I knew it was the right thing to do. I agonized over the decision. I went home to talk with Felicia and the Kids. We sat in the den, talked and cried. I told them that someone had to make a decision and that as the leader of the family that I was making the call to have Oscar put to sleep. I told them that he was suffering and for us to prolong the inevitable would be selfish on our part. The kids said they wanted to see Oscar first so we went to the hospital to say our goodbyes. It was heart wrenching. I’ve never been a big pet person. We had dogs when I was growing up but we lived on a busy road and all of our dogs eventually met their end on that road. We never had a dog for very long. Now at the age of 48 I’m dealing with the death of a pet who has been in my house for ten years. I watch Felicia and the Kids grieving and I acknowledge that Oscar was indeed a good friend, no, he was family. I couldn’t possibly go into all of the memories but I can say this. I Will Miss OSCAR! Oh by the way. We took Oscar with us on vacation. He had a great time. He chased Lizards on the lake house porch, He watched the fish being caught on the Pier and I even took him for his first boat ride. I have a picture of him but not in my computer yet of Oscar sitting between Felcia and I on the boat with his ears going straight back as we rode across the lake. He had an awesome time. We didn’t know his time was so short.