Our New Dog, “Chilly”, Warms Our Hearts

By Sunday, February 7, 2010

Three weeks ago, my husband Paul and I headed to the animal shelter in Largo with intentions of adopting an adult cat. An hour later, we left the SPCA Tampa Bay with an 8-week old Labrador retriever mix puppy. Needless to say, our lives and our home have been turned upside down. How the heck did that happen? The year 2009 was a tough one for us. Paul and I said farewell to our beloved Buck, a 13- year old yellow Labrador mix—my canine soul mate and “the greatest dog ever”. That was in July. Then, suddenly, on November 30th, our awesome, 12-year old super-sized cat, Tank, died suddenly from what our veterinarian believes was an embolism. For the first time in 25 years, Paul and I found ourselves pet-less. (I’m not counting our donkeys and goats because despite their sweet, loving nature, they just don’t offer the same level of companionship dogs and cats do). Paul and I were overwhelmed by the silence and stillness in our home after Buck and Tank’s passing. We never realized how much pulse and ...