Life Less Complicated
My life became less complicated today.
I don’t need to take extra time to make sure that I’ve place non-skid rugs in strategic locations around the house.
I don’t need to make daily checks of four or more medications to ensure that the proper types and dosages are given. I don’t need to make sure that I have syringes on hand and I don’t have to carefully monitor everything my dogs eat to prevent allergic reactions.
I don’t have to be hypervigilant in looking for early symptoms of seizures, allergic reactions and other health crises.
We don’t need a ramp at the front door anymore.
An awful lot of the responsibilities (and expenses) that have weighed me down for the last six months vanished in just a single afternoon.
And my heart is broken.
Zorro, who’s been my friend and working partner of the last nine years, was released today from the pain of one too many health problems. He cheerfully survived epilipsy, Addison’s disease, laryngeal paralysis and Leonberger polyneuropathy only to be taken down by osteosarcoma. Bone cancer. The evil scourge of giant breed dogs.
Zorro had an utterly indomitable will. He was the most joyful — and the most driven dog I have ever known. This made him both the most difficult and the most entertaining dog I’ve ever owned. When he really wanted something, nothing would hold him back. His fire burned white hot.
Even though I’ve known for a while that this was coming, it still feels like a sudden shock. He had such an enormous presence…. the house just echoes with emptiness.
Its going to take a while to get used to these simpler, and much less colorful, times without my old friend.