My poor little dog Courtney has gone through so much this past year and a half.  From going completely blind a year ago in October to various ailments in her almost 12 years of life.  These last few days have been no exception…two days and two visits to see her doctor.  While we were sitting in the lobby waiting for our turn I was feeling such a feeling of sadness…when in walked two elderly ladies.  As they came in they were walking their dog they called Crackers.  Crackers was way past elderly, much like his owners.  He looked to be so frail and very thin.  As I heard the hushed tones of the women I knew that this was going to be Crackers last visit here.  My eyes filled with tears as I watched them sit right across from Courtney and me.  I listened as they spoke about the poem Rainbow Bridge.  Within a few minutes a tech came out to get them and I was overcome with tears.  I swallowed hard but the tears fell from my cheeks.  Courtney let out a soft whine at that moment, almost as though she was communicating with Crackers.  My heart broke for these women having to say good-bye to their pet.  I hugged Courtney close to my heart as I knew that I was grateful that she would be coming home with me tonight and sleeping with me.  I don’t know how much time we will have together but I do know that when the day comes when I have to say good-bye I don’t know how I will do it…
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