I have loved being a "Dog Mom". Their love is unconditional and steady. But, sometimes it is really hard to love them so much!
One of the worst moments of 2013 was having to say goodbye to the best dog a family could ask for. Our Hooch-man, buddy guy, swimmer dude (long story) was our first baby. I surprised Parker with him just a few short months after we were married in 2000. He was the most beautiful buckskin American Bulldog and got us hooked on the breed. He did anything we ever asked of him. He had the perfect balance of drive and stability and could go anywhere with us. He was a sportwork dog, a hunting/hog dog, and one of our best friends. We thought we loved him... until we saw him with Grey and then we knew we couldn't love a dog more. He was so kind and patient with our baby boy and Grey loved him more than anything. When we returned home from the beach, we knew it was only fair to let go of our friend, it is what we owed him for almost 13 years of devotion... his dignity. It was the hardest thing... Parker and I were with him in his last moments and his big beautiful brown eyes were full of understanding and love. Heaven wouldn't be heaven without him, so I am determined to get there and get to love on our brown "wrinkle head" bulldog again. We miss you terribly buddy!