Posted by: Tricia | January 20, 2008

Saying “Goodbye”

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Saying “goodbye” to a member of your family is never easy. Today David and I said “goodbye” to our dog, Dexter. It was one of the most difficult things we have ever had to do. Ever since we made the decision to find a new home for Dexter, so many questions have flooded our minds. Are we doing the right thing? Will we have regrets? Will Dexter miss us? How will Maverick handle it? Will having just one dog actually make our home a more peaceful place? We have cried, questioned, and prayed so much about what to do. Most of the answers to these questions will come to us in good time, but one thing we know for sure is that God is sovereign. We have a great and mighty God who cares about us so much that he even cares about our dogs. No worry is too small for Him. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

I’ll backtrack a bit and give a short explanation as to why we decided to find a new home for Dexter. Simply put, having two dogs in the house with a new baby proved to be too much for us (ahem…me) to handle. David and I got Dexter shortly after we got married and he brought so much joy to our lives. Several years later, we got a second dog, Maverick, because we thought Dexter would enjoy having a playmate. After Elliott was born it quickly became apparent that our home was no longer a good fit for both dogs. After many long talks about the matter, David and I decided that not only did we need to do something to simplify our lives, but Dexter also deserved a home where he could get the love and attention he needed. So, we sent an email to our family and friends. It was so hard to make the decision to press “send”. We were overwhelmed by the number of responses we got. We never imagined that we would have to choose between so many good homes! When our friend, Lydia, said that her brother & sister-in-law were looking for a dog, we knew in our hearts that they would be perfect! Dave is an old friend of ours from high school. They came to the house for a meet & greet with Dexter and they all hit it off! A week later, we packed his things and said “goodbye”. Part of me can’t believe that we actually did it and part of me is relieved that we made the decision.

Dexter has gone on an adventure…something he lives for. The best part about it is that we will be staying in touch with his new owners, Dave & Karen. We’ll give it some time, but hopefully we will see Dexter again someday. For now, we’ll cherish the memories, be glad that he is in a good home, and rejoice in knowing that God is always faithful to answer our prayers…even prayers about our dogs.

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Dexter & Maverick lounging in the sun

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Dave, Karen, & Dexter

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Saying “goodbye”

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  1. I’m proud of you for doing the best thing for you, your family, and Dexter. I know he’ll have so much fun with Dave & Karen, and they’re so excited to have him!

    Gosh it must be hard. I had to give away a lab when I was younger–she’d gotten so big, we just didn’t have enough space for her to enjoy. I bawled! But I was also happy to know her new owner would be good to her, and would give her the care and attention she needed.

    It’s good that you’ll be able to check in on Dexter every once in awhile, and I’ll make sure my new little nephew doggy gets treats for Christmas!

  2. Aw, Tricia you’re seriously making me cry! And you know how emotional I can be about pets. (grin)

    I know this was a tough decision for you two. I hope that Dexter’s new living arrangements will bring joy to his new home and renewed peace to yours.

    Love ya!

  3. Tricia, I imagine that it was so terribly hard to say goodbye. What a difficult decision, and what a strong person to make it.


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