Almost 13 years ago my wife and I became parents for the first time. To a fur baby named Zelda. We’ve had an amazing life together, but we all knew that everything comes to an end. And today Zeldas life ended.
Loosing my best friend
Zelda was my best friend. It’s impossible for people who haven’t lost their best friend to understand the sadness I feel less than an hour after she drew her last breath in my arms. Still I’m more than certain that the time had come. I’m so thankful that she got to go in a safe and peaceful way.
I’m grateful the vet came to dads house. I’m grateful we all got to be there with her. That our boys got to see her fall asleep while I held her, that there was no drama. No-one was afraid, and all questions were answered. It was a beautiful way to end a very fulfilled dogs life, but I still lost my best friend.
It’s difficult to understand that we’re not going to share another hike, that she’s not going to greet my when I walk through the door back home or that she won’t snuggle up in my lap again.
The last portraits
As I carried Zelda to her chair this morning, I knew that we wouldn’t have much more time together.
She hasn’t been eating the last week, only wanting to sleep and withdrawing from us most of the day. I’ve heard of this behavior in old dogs that are tired from life before.
After making sure she felt comfortable and slept peacefully I decided I wanted to capture a few last portraits of her. I didn’t know she would go today, but I just didn’t want to miss the opportunity in case it was the last. I’m happy I did grab the camera.
Everything comes to an end
I knew it wasn’t too long until we had to say goodbye to Zelda. Everything comes to an end.
When you decide to get a dog you know that you will most likely outlive them. But that doesn’t stop you from loving them as if they’re going to be with you forever. I think that’s why it’s so impossible to understand that this life, Zeldas life, has come to an end.
We’ll love and cherish you forever, Zelda. Thank you for being the best dog and my best friend.