July 27, 2011 – October 4, 2011
We purchased Dusty from Omorrow German Shepherds in Butler, OH. She was the only puppy in two litters that Joe and I could agree on. I remember the moment she was placed in my arms. I couldn’t believe a puppy so perfect could be real. Maybe Dusty was simply too perfect for this world.
A few days after we brought Dusty home she was diagnosed with a severe case of megaesophagus. Up until her final moments though telling her she was sick would have been news to her.
Dusty taught us to love life and cherish every moment, no matter how tired or angry you are. She taught us to chase butterflies and tackle leaves. She taught us that when it snows, stop what you’re doing and play in it. We are both the better for having Dusty in our lives.
She also introduced us to some of our very closest friends and helped us create a real relationship with our vet which has been vitally important to the health of all our dogs.
Dusty started this blog, and she also started to expose me to the passion of dog owners. So many people, I realized, were so passionate about not only their dogs, but “their” way of doing things that when I turned for help, I found myself getting attacked and criticized. Yet other places I turned reminded me that some people pull empathy and kindness from thin air. Dusty’s predicament taught me I wanted to be more like the latter and less like the former, but it also taught me that when you care about something that’s harder to do than you’d think.
Dusty’s lovely little life ended on October 4, 2011. I miss her everyday.
Quick stats on Dusty to help you navigate this blog:
1. Born 7/27/11
2. Our first puppy
3. Came from a breeder
4. Diagnosed with canine megaesophagus
5. Started this blog
6. Died on 10/4/11 of aspiration pneumonia