"Sometimes the right dog comes to the right person at the right time" said the vet..."and that's what Izzy was for you."
I raised Izzy from an eight week old pup...intent on having the most well-behaved dog imaginable. She was all that and more! From her first night home until her last...we were nearly inseparable. During the dark dark days following Jocie's death, Izzy was my close companion anchoring me to the world...
I noticed early on, that Izzy would let you do anything to her. Dress her up, pose her...literally anything you wanted.
Jiggystick; where among other duties, we had Izzy pose for the label of our Hot Jiggity Dog Shampoo.
Izzy was softness and sweetness
and BBQ ribs.
and banana cream pie.
or that they think we are marvelous.
starring in movies...
or how much I would adore that black nose nuzzled softly into my waiting hand every single day of her life.
It was the 4th of July weekend when I noticed something not quite right with Izzy...she seemed just a little off. Her BFF Stella was spending the week with us while her family was away. It was nothing really...Izzy just seemed to jump a little more gingerly into the car for the first time in her life...even hesitating slightly.
We hiked to the top of Naomi Peak that day...and now I know just how brave she was and how much she wanted to be with us, despite the pain she must have been experiencing unbeknownst to me.
Concerned, with her lingering fatigue, days later we visited the vet where Izzy was initially diagnosed with a kidney infection.
It wasn't much more than an hour later when the shrill noise from my phone delivered the results we had feared...the tumor had indeed spread up and down her spine...inoperable.
And so...Dean and I rushed to her side...whispered I love you's...embraced her in our arms...and let her go...the absolutely only thing left we could do for her...
Never in a million years could I imagine the love I would have for this pup...nor could I ever adequately explain that bond we shared.
When you open your heart and give it to a pooch...she becomes your faithful friend, your untiring defender, your constant companion...your pooch. And to the pooch...you are her love, her life, her world. Until the last beat of her heart she will be your lovable pooch...faithful and true. I will love you forever my Izzy Pooch!