Monday, July 09, 2007

Good Old Boomer

My mom called to tell me that my dog, 13 1/2 year old Boomer, is not doing so well. For a labrador retriever that is past the age of 12 though, I really am not surprised. It seems that Boomer might be living his final days and I'm pretty sad about it.

See, we found out we were getting Boomer in December 1993 when he was just a few weeks old. My parents had always sworn they'd NEVER get us a dog. But somehow, something changed. I'll never forget that evening when they shocked us and showed us 9 yellow pups and told us that one was going to be ours. I think I even remember crying, I was so happy. Over to the left is a picture of Boomer and I from March 1994 when he was still a pup - as crazy as ever.

And hence, the C family became a dog family. I have hundreds of funny Boomer stories. Everything from how he would steal my dad's shoes to get his attention to how he helped Jay and I ring in the year 2000. He was there when we got ready for my wedding and was even in a picture or two - although he didn't make it to the ceremony. (Shoot, he was even there for the large majority of Jay and my relationship!) And he was there to greet my two human babies. I feel a little bad that once I had my own kids, I paid much less attention to him when I'd go to my parents house, but I guess that's to be expected. However, as soon as Caroline was old enough, she took an interest in him. In the pictures shown here, she was barely 9 months old and was having a great time since Boomer came to spend a few days with us. I'll have to find a few more photos of the kids with him because they really do love him.

He's always been so gentle with them and has let both of them, especially Caroline roll all over him. Of course, she had to endure many unsolicited licks over the years, but I think they're even. Of course, the Boomer my kids know is not the crazy dog that I knew. And even though I didn't "grow up" with him because I got him when I was 17 and 8 months away from going to college, he's been a major part of my life. He was always there when I came home from college and was ready to greet me. I even remember that when I was missing home the first few months away, he was one of the things I missed the most.

And now Boomer is at the end. He's hardly been able to keep any food down lately and my mom has been cleaning up a LOT of dog barf. He still gets up to greet you, wags his tail and shows you he's happy to see you but I don't think it will be long before he's too weak to do that. So my parents are in the process of deciding what to do. None of us wants him to suffer, but it's just so sad. He's been a member of this family for over 13 years. When I go to my parents' house, that is one of the things I expect to see. I can't imagine going there and him not being there. And then I hate to think that he won't be there for Caroline too. When Josie (my IL's dog) died a few weeks ago, she kept saying, "It's okay, because Boomer is alive. He's such a silly dog. I love him."

I love him too babe, I love him too.


Anonymous said...

I know this is really hard on you. And I know how you feel, my parents had to put Princess down just 3 years ago. We got her in 1986, so for a beagle, that was a nice long life! All I can say is that it does get easier as time goes on but my it's such a bummer! I hope Caroline "understands" what's happening and deals with it. And tell your parents, Chrissa & Kevin, I'm sorry.............

~ Viv

bracken said...

I am sorry to hear about Boomer. Dogs are just such wonderful companions.

Katie said...

I remember when Boomer was a puppy! He's a good dog. It is sad. You know what will make you feel better???? Visit Boomer and let him eat as much "people" food as he likes. Just before my favorite dog Lucky went to her final vet appt., we let her eat fruit roll ups and steak. She died a very, very happy doggie.

Seriously though, so sorry about Boomer. Cry it out, but stay strong. Remember the happy times!