My second post ever and I can already feel the pressure. I can't believe I am challenging myself to write everyday in the month of March. A slice of life...
My dog Pepper has been my constant companion for 15 years now. This summer I was shocked to learn she was getting old. It completely blew me away to know that forever isn't as long as I thought. Her eye sight is declining as well as her hearing. She sits and walks more gingerly than ever before. Its sad to see and realize that after spending exactly half of my life with her that she would not be with me forever.
This morning I woke as always and went to the kitchen to let Pepper out. She was in a playful mood. She was jumping, barking, and wagging her tail so excited to see me. It was if she was still in her prime and ready to conquer the great outdoors. I hated to leave her and head to work.
When I returned home she was back to the older and slightly slower Pepper I have become used to these past few months. She slowly walked to the door to greet me waging her tail ever so slowly. I greeted her as always, asking her if she missed me and was a good girl while I was gone. She curled up with her head at my feet after dinner, groaning the whole way down. As I looked down at her I realized that even if I can't have her forever, she will forever be in my heart.