Saying Goodbye to our Family Furbaby
Last night we had to say goodbye to our dog, Nara Bel. She was with us for 14 years and was a member of our family. This is the story of Nara.
In January 2005, Matt (my boyfriend) and I decided to go to a pet shelter one day in college to look at the dogs that needed home. We didn't actually plan to rescue a dog (but really...how do you go to a shelter and NOT leave with an animal?!), but just went for "research." Matt and I weren't married at this point and had only been dating over a year. We didn't even live together.
Upon looking at all of the dogs who needed homes, we saw Nara. She was only a few months old and I immediately fell in love with her. But since we had only come to look we decided not to get her. We got into the car and I started crying. I felt that Nara was meant to be mine. Matt had great points about why it wasn't the right time to get her and we probably shouldn't had even come to the shelter. We were in college. We didn't live together. We had classes and parties and what would we do in the summer when we went back to our hometowns? All great points. I decided he was right and I made peace with the decision.
On Valentine's Day, Matt picked me up from my rehearsal for the musical West Side Story. He told me that he called the shelter to ask about Nara and that someone had adopted her. I was sad and happy at the same time; sad because she wasn't able to be mine, but happy because she was no longer in the shelter...I said to Matt "aww, really? Who adopted her?" and to my wonderful surprise Matt said "I did. She's ours and we can pick her up in a couple of days!" I was over the moon!
Nara instantly became part of our family. We even took her to see Santa Claus for Christmas!
Nara was with us for so many important life events. She was with us when we got engaged. She was with us when we moved to Texas for our first real jobs. She shared with us in our wedding and first year of marriage. Nara was there for the births of both my babies and our second major move to Georgia. She was with us for 14 years of our lives.
Since the new year, Nara's health took a major decline. She suffered from a prolapsed rectum and had to have surgery. She had a large polyp in her rectal area that continued to grow and could not be removed with surgery. Her back was beginning to have broken discs and she no longer had cartilage at her hip bones. Nara's liver was also failing.
After the rectal surgery we hoped that she would improve enough to be able to be with us for at least another year. She was given medications for pain for her back/hips. Unfortunately, because of the growing polyp, the surgery did not take well. It was then that we had to make the decision to say goodbye to our Nara.
We chose to be there for her last minutes so she could feel how much she was loved, valued, and appreciated. We cried so many tears and even writing this now is really hard to do without crying. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life so far. She was my very first 'baby.' She will always be loved and I will miss her every day.
Bye Nar-bear. You're loved. See you later.