Auggie came to us in 1997, at the age of 6 months. We had just moved to our new home, and had lost our first fur baby just a few months before. I had grown up with a dachshund, and had wanted another so badly, when I saw the ad. |
On the first call, the family had decided they wanted to keep him. Three weeks later, a call from the family came, to tell me they had to find him a home, and had remembered us as wanting him so badly, and felt that he'd be in a very good home with us.
I will always remember the evening he came to his new home. He sheepishly sat down the hallway, as his current parents were passing him on to his new family.
Our kids were just 7 and 10 when Auggie came to us. Our 10 year old took him on as his very own, they played together all the time, and Auggie would even sit on his back when he would lie on the floor watching tv. I will never forget our son's first night with Auggie, tucking him into his bed, with Auggie's paws outside the covers like a child.
I'll never forget the romping through the house all those years, and I'll never forget when our son drove off to college.
It was that very first night that I realized how routine oriented our Auggie had become.
For 9 years, those two would go off to bed just as the news was coming on. On this first night of our son being gone, and Auggie was on the couch with me, I wondered what he would think when bedtime came and there was no big brother to call him to bed. But then, just as the news came on, this sweet dog of ours, jumped down from the couch and trotted off to "his" room! And this became his room from that moment on. Every night, he knew the exact time for bed.
Throughout the years, our happy times were mixed with scary and sad moments, when we thought we were going to lose him.
Things that Auggie loved- watching for bunnies from a chair by the front window, and running out the door everytime someone yelled, "BUNNY!!!". He loved to tear up squeaky toys within seconds, to get to that squeaky thing and silence it.
As the years went on, and his eyesight dimmed, and his hearing diminished, he never lost his love and his sense of being with us. He kept his sense of smell until just a few months ago, and it was at that time, we knew he was probably not going to be with us for long.
I had prayed as the months went on, that God would spare us having to make a decision for Auggie, and God did take him one early morning as he slept.
Auggie sweet boy, you will always be loved. It is too soon for us to realize that a time will come when we will just have nothing but good memories. At this very moment, I keep expecting to see you come around the corner, or hearing your feet on the kitchen floor. For one brief moment, I am happy, until you are not there, and I realize once more that this is how life will go from now on.
Rest In Peace, my precious baby boy. 19 years of you in my life, I will always always love you.