Yesterday, I lost the sweetest, most loving animal I had the great blessing to have had in my life. I had read all the stories about Newfoundland Dogs, but until you have the great honor of owning one and being loved by one, they don't do justice until you experience it by living with and loving one. |
Megan came to me at a time of great sorrow after I had lost my beautiful Vern (who resides here as well), that I rescued and adored. At eight weeks old, she arrived at Logan Airport from Texas and came rushing out of the kennel and directly into my arms. As if she knew, I was her new mom. I fell deeply in love with that first sight of her. Megan, you see, was born on my mother's birthday and when the breeder told me this after telling her of my heartbreak at losing Vern, it seemed like it was destined to happen that we'd come together. I named her using the Irish version of my mother's name.
My sweet girl has been with me for the past 11 years, supporting me through some of the most trying times of my life. Always loving toward me and anyone we came across, human or animal, with that gentle giant unconditional love and a dignity that I have only seen in very few humans. When necessary, she would come to my protection, but only in circumstances where there was absolute cause. She would lose that gentle, tail wagging affability and stand her ground with a warning that I was her human and they would need to go through her to get to me. Megan was a large female at 160 pounds and didn't need to really do much more than issue that deep warning bark for the vicious dog that planned to attack us or that very strange fellow that came out of the darkness one night but decided to just keep walking. It only happened twice, but the rest of Megan's life was absolute love for everyone.
Her pain that she endured having had two ACL surgeries and now with age, the chronic arthritis, was an example of the bravery these babies display. Yesterday ended Megan's battle with pain and marked the beginning of mine looking at life without her. God blessed me by allowing me to have known my dearest girl and I will miss her with such overwhelming sadness. Thank you, Megan. I love you now and always.
Please also visit Vern.