Sunday, July 7, 2013

Top Dog

First of all, I can not express my gratitude enough for the many, many kind words from sweet friends over these past few days. The calls, texts, comments, prayers, well wishes, and support really, truly surprised me. It has been a rough few days, and I thank you!

Yesterday morning, we watched as Bryan lifted Barkley into the Jeep for the last time. We stood there at the window, and watched them drive away. And that was that.

When Bryan got home, I went out to meet him in the driveway, and some very small part of me was hoping that Barkley would be with him. We all cried a little, and then we had a party. Because that's how we roll. Rain or shine, come what may, we party.
When we bought our Scottie, Bailey, it was primarily to be a companion for Barkley. At the time, Bryan and I both worked the same days, and Barkley would be home by himself from 9am- 11:30pm. He used the doggy door, so that wasn't an issue, but we felt like he was lonely on those days.
We got Bailey when he was 12 weeks old. He was a year and a half younger than Barkley, and Barkley made sure he knew who was in charge. Bailey never seemed to mind not being alpha dog.
The dynamics have now changed, so when Bryan came home from the vet, we threw Bailey a "Top Dog Party". The kids had made him a biscuit cake the day before that we had saved for this party, and they had picked out and bought a toy and bonies for him as well.

As much as we showered him with affection and gifts, he was mourning for his friend, just like we were. He moped around, looking so sad. Look at these eyes in the picture below. Poor guy was lost without Barks.
And then about half-way through the day, he began embracing his new role. This is what a Top Dog looks like. (Bryan thought it inappropriate to post this picture, so I have addressed the issue in question.)

He has been soaking up all of the extra attention and lovin' that five family members are needing to give, and I think he's going to be just fine.

We're all going to be just fine.


  1. So sweet and poignant. Thanks for letting your readers travel this sad part of your journey with you.

  2. awwwww.... xxx
    love from us - Bec