With a heavy heart I write that I have let Griffy begin his adventures at the Rainbow Bridge. Griffy came home from the hospital with directions to eat whatever he liked. At the hospital he had taken to only eating chicken and the like. When he came home, he continued eating the like for a few days, and then he stopped. Simultaneously, the test results came back positive for cancer. As my heart broke with the confirmation of my fears, I knew it was time. Then last Thursday morning, Griffy let me know it was his choice too, as he stopped using his back leg. Together we spent the day cuddled on the floor under a blanket.
Griffy gave so much and it was time to give him rest. I post a video of how I will remember Griffy at his best.
At school my students have been learning about digital storytelling. We have started using a site called LittleBirdTales.com. Below is the tale I created to model for my students how the site worked.
I read somewhere that dogs are here on Earth to save us. I imagine the saving is obvious in some ways and subtle in others. With Bronte I used to say she was a rescue dog, but in truth, I was really the one that had been rescued. She rescued me and gave me a new life. I got another chance to be happy. Thing was though, we didn’t get to dodder into old age together. I was heartbroken, still am.
Instead Griffy got a “do over.” Almost eleven, Griffy is a schnauzer that was left to be euthanized at 3 years of age at the animal hospital where I work part time. Griffy has issues: social, anxiety, biting, etc. He is the definition of “project dog.” He lived at the kennel for six years, and in those six years, I was one of his few “chosen humans.” I don’t know why, but I wore his affection as a badge of honor. I always said to Griffy, “Someday.” At the time, Bronte seemed like she wouldn’t get along with other dogs. Who knew that the greatest beta dog David would come into our lives?
There had been an earlier chance for Griffy. A vet assistant was one of Griffy’s “chosen” and for about eight months he had gone home and lived with her. But then a boyfriend who became a fiancé, other pet issues, new small house, etc. and Griffy moved back to the kennel.
I knew when Bronte died; I owed it to Griffy to try. I knew he’d have no more chances. I talked to both Lana and Griffy. Griffy and Lana would have to come to an understanding and a tolerance. For two months, Lana and I went to the kennel to visit Griffy. We took bags and boxes of dog biscuits. Griffy ferociously growled. He gnashed and barked. I held the leash at full extension and Lana sat a foot further. Whenever Griffy stopped long enough to breathe, Lana offered him a biscuit. Eventually the biscuit time outweighed the barking time. Tolerance and then affection followed, along with sleepovers. Almost two years ago, Griffy moved in permanently. It is a testament to both Griffy’s and Lana’s bravery and ability to love.