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Missing Alex – Happy 14th Birthday

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Siesta Time

It’s been a couple of months since Alex passed away and we still miss her very much.  Today, May 5th, would have been her 14th birthday.  I do wish we had more time together, but I am grateful for the time we spent with her.  What Alex enjoyed the most was sunbathing.  There were times when I had to tell her to come in or move away from the sliding doors because she was already panting.  Funny how you miss the little things about those you love and are no longer with us.

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Alex

Happy birthday my amazing girl.  We love you dearly.  Till we see each other again.

Your moms,

Marcela and Cynthia

Letting Go Of My Alex

ltg1There is a special place for dogs called Rainbow Bridge and that’s where my Alex went on Wednesday, August 12 of this year. Alex turned 13 years old this year and we celebrated her birthday a bit late and I remember thinking, “I hope we have more years together.” But that was not meant to be.

We got Alex when she was a little over 2 months old, and Cynthia was not too crazy about her, but as time went by I saw Alex work her magic and Cynthia fell in love with her. The day we took her for the very last time to the vet, I was driving while Cynthia sat in the back seat with Alex. I was very serious and quiet but I would not allow myself to cry because I was thinking, “I need to be there for Alex. Don’t cry,” but as soon as Cynthia touched my arm without saying a single word the tears just came rolling down my cheeks. At that point in time my heart was telling me, “Drive. Drive. Don’t stop. Go back to Maryland and all would be fine.” But my head was saying, “Do the right thing, and let her go.” I stopped crying and we finally got to the vet. We were led to a small room where we were given time to say goodbye to Alex. Cynthia couldn’t stop crying. I kissed and hugged Alex and after that my girl stayed with Cynthia giving her kisses while she continued crying. Till the very end, Alex kept teaching us lessons to live by. Although Alex really was my dog, her last moments were spent consoling Cynthia. I can still see them together and it was amazingly moving. Cynthia had fallen in love with my Alex. The vet and vet tech finally came in and while Cynthia held Alex in her arms and I held her little white paws in my hands Alex left this world.

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We stayed with Alex for a while and then we put her on a stretcher and gave her a final kiss and hug. We went outside and sat in the car crying our eyes out for I don’t know how long. 13 years of being the 3 musketeers all of a sudden ended. It has taken me almost a month to write about Alex because I just didn’t have the strength to do it, but now I am ready, so here it goes.

Alex and Gir

Alex and Gir

My dear Alex,
Let me start by saying that you’ve been the best teacher I could have ever wished for. If one day I could be even a fraction of the amazing being you were, I’d venture to say that I did great. You were my furry kid, companion, and most of all my teacher. Because of you I learned about patience, tolerance, love, peace, laughter, and even the one I find the hardest to do, letting go.

Words could never express how much I miss you. You were the only being that could calm me down when I was enraged. There were times when you knew that I was mad even before I realized it. You’d shiver and look straight at me. That’s how Cynthia knew I was mad. You always gave me away. I’d look at you and my anger would disappear in a matter of seconds. You had that calming effect on me. I heard somewhere that we don’t get the dogs we want, we get the dogs we need and I do believe that was the case with you.

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It’s been almost a month since you left, and your bed, brace and leash are still in their usual place. I cannot put them away yet. Your ashes are in the living room where we spend most of our time and I keep telling myself, “She is still with you. She is still with you.” I don’t know what to do without you in my life. I truly do not. I feel a void, an emptiness, a hole in my heart, a pain that words would never be able to fully describe.

It’s amazing how much I changed because of you. I was a party girl. Before you came into my life, fun was going out dancing on the weekends. Once you entered my life, fun was staying at home with you and Cynthia watching TV and eating popcorn. I don’t regret one single night I enjoyed at home with you. Also, I wasn’t a very friendly person, you, on the other hand, greeted every person as if he/she were your best friend therefore I had to say, “Hello.” Do you see how much you changed me?

Walter, Alex, and Dexter (L to R)

Walter, Alex, and Dexter (L to R)

Alex, I love you with all my heart. I miss you dearly and you will forever be in my heart and in my thoughts. Thank you for all the lessons you taught me, for all the kisses you gave me when I cried, for all the times you made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt, for your love, for your companionship, for the balance that you brought into my life, and for so much more.

It was an adventure, a learning experience, a love affair, a joyful journey, and a privilege to have had you in my life. I will be forever grateful to have been fortunate enough to be your mom.

Till we see each other again, your mom,

Marcela

Happy 13th Birthday Alex

Alex, "What?  My guests are arriving and I have to greet them?

Alex, “What? My guests are arriving and I have to greet them?”

Alex’s birthday was May 5th, but because we were busy we delayed celebrating it, and that is totally my fault.  Sorry Alex.  I know, I am bad.  The celebration started with Alex not wanting to move from her bed to greet her one and only guest, Archie.  Between you and me, I think she wanted the cake all to herself.

Archie, "Am I getting a piece of cake too?"

Archie, “Am I getting a piece of cake too?”

Archie was Alex’s guest and because he is a puppy taking this picture took a little bit of planning.  What a cutie pie!

b133Cynthia lit up the candles and both, Alex and Archie, waited patiently until Cynthia took this picture.  Yes, they actually cooperated this time.

Alex, "Mom, please hurry up.  I am literally aging here."

Alex, “Mom, please hurry up. I am literally aging here.”

It was nice to see Alex so interested in her cake.  So interested that it looked as if she was trying to help serve to her own cake.  I still can’t believe she is 13 years old.  We got Alex when she was a little over 2 months old and she was such a hyper little puppy that to be honest I was somewhat scared of her level of activity.  But you know what?  It only took her 10 years to mellow out.

Alex., "Finally!"

Alex., “Finally!”

Alex finally got a chance to taste her cake.  No, she did not eat all of it.  She had to share it and that was fine with her.  Happy belated 13th birthday to our amazing furry kid.

Alex Found a Sea Monster in Boston, MA

Alex, "Mom, let's go and explore."

Alex, “Mom, let’s go and explore.”

Every time we go somewhere new, Cynthia along with Alex love to explore the area, as you can clearly see in the above picture.

Alex, "Moms, I think I found a water monster."

Alex, “Moms, I think I found a sea monster.”

It always amuses me to see Alex explore her surroundings with such interest.  I guess Alex found a sea monster.

Alex, "Moms, I am not kidding.  I found a sea monster."

Alex, “Moms, I am not kidding. I found a sea monster.”

I guess if Alex found a sea monster, she will be featured in the news and have her 15 minutes of fame.  Well, let’s hope it doesn’t go to her head.

Alex, "Never mind.  I am not as brave as I thought."

Alex, “Never mind. I am not as brave as I thought.”

Ok., let’s forget Alex’s 15 minutes of fame.  My girl hightailed out of the water when she saw that her new found sea monster got too close to her.

Alex, "I am not afraid of you, sea monster."

Alex, “I am not afraid of you, sea monster.”

Alex decided that the best way to observe a sea monster is from shore.  This way nobody gets hurt.  Well, rather nobody gets scared out of her mind is more like it.  My funny girl.  She always puts a smile on our face.

John F Kennedy Library in Boston, MA

jfk2This past weekend was the first weekend we did not have to do something or be somewhere so we decided to continue exploring Boston, MA and took Alex with us to the JFK Library.  No, we were not able to go inside with Alex, but that was fine.

jfk1We walked around and took some pictures, but we didn’t stay very long because it was hot and we didn’t want Alex to over do it.  As you can see, she wasn’t very interested in posing for Cynthia.

jfk3All of a sudden, Alex decided to be shy, and on top of that I forgot to bring treats so she really didn’t want to cooperate.  Boy, what a diva.

jfk4Although I still miss Maryland, I’ve realized that I am very fortunate to have my family with me.  A fellow blogger said something like this, “Home is where your dogs are,” and that made me think a lot.  Seriously, a lot.  Thanks to all of you for your kind words and input.  I am excited about all the possibilities that are to come our way.  See you later Maryland.  Hello Boston!

Spring is Coming – 2015

spring151Do you know how Alex is going to welcome Spring?  She will start by taking frequent naps specially when we go out sightseeing and/or shopping.  She has to have her beauty sleep.

spring152Alex’s naps will be followed by walks throughout the day.  She is a senior, almost 13 years old, and as such it is very important that she keeps her mobility, therefore exercise within reason is essential.

spring153Aside from naps and walks, Alex will also be working on some training.  She enjoys it as long as the reward is food so that is easily accomplished.  How will you and your furry kids be welcoming Spring?

Comfortable Bedding For Senior Dogs

Alex, wearing her brace and a sweater

Alex, wearing her brace and a sweater

Alex, my 12 1/2 year old canine companion, is a senior and I’ve realized that comfortable bedding for dogs should be high on a pet parent’s list, but much more so if your dog happens to be a senior dog.  Alex loves to be close to a vent, as you can see in the above picture.

Alex's other bed

Alex’s other bed

Alex’s favorite bed is the one shown above.  Yes, that is a heating pad.  I paid a little over $100 for that bed, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that it was worth it.  She loves it and it is pretty thick, which is great.  Now that is cold Alex has a comfortable bed, a sweater she wears indoors, and a heating pad to keep her warm and help her with her mobility since she has an ACL injury.  Have a great week.