Rosco seems to be taking the loss in stride. If anything, he's been perkier lately.
I told a few neighbors about Gracie today. One said she hopes pets go to heaven because she's looking forward to seeing her dogs and horses again more than any people! I said every time I read that "Rainbow Bridge" story I fall apart. Incredibly, just my luck, she had never heard it, so I had to try to tell her about it without busting up. Needless to say, I wasn't too successful.
Then I stopped by Ruff Haus Pets, our neighborhood pet shop, to thank the clerk again for giving me some freeze-dried lamb patties on Thursday night. Not only did Gracie love them, but on Friday night when we offered her a bowl with canned dog food, homemade ground turkey and rice, and one of those lamb patties, she chose only the lamb for what was to be her last meal. Sometimes I get on my wife's case for patronizing expensive boutique pet stores, but I think we'll shop more at Ruff Haus in the future.
I went to Rockwell's for brunch. One of the managers there has a dog that Gracie bit years ago when both were puppies. We are still grateful that he didn't sue us -- or ask for a rematch since his dog has grown to twice Gracie's size. He was very sad to hear about our girl, and he said at least there's a little reminder of her on his dog's nose. He says the scar gives her character. He doesn't hold any grudge; in fact, he comped my meal today. I settled in for a couple of hours to read a book after my meal. I had chosen The War for Late Night carefully, not wanting to read anything that might remind me of Gracie (my wife and I ate breakfast there yesterday after putting Gracie to sleep and cried in our eggs). I figured at worst there might be some mention of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Hits of the sixties were playing on the sound system. I was okay until I heard
What becomes of the broken heartedI'm glad that song is only three minutes long because I cried through every second of it. I know it will get better, but it will take some time.
Who had love that's now departed?