CFN – Melly the Rottweiler turned 12 today. She made it. Yes, the love of my life has had a long and wonderful life. She’s ill, and it was touch and go for awhile and, well frankly at this stage every day is a blessing.
I was 36 when I brought my 7 week bundle of joy home. She was a little terror, and it wasn’t until she was nine months that her real character started to come out.
A lot of people treat their pets like their kids in an age where more and more people aren’t having children of their own. I get that.
Melly has lived in three homes. She’s seen her cat brother Binky and her Dacshund Pudgy pass away. She’s lost her best friend Arden and sister Lily move away after her mommy and I divorced. It’s been a lot of life for my little girl. She’s had quite a few aunties.
I used to bring Mel on first dates. She has an uncanny ability to know good people from
bad; one time going as far as Hanover New Hampshire. Once while at a friends place she freaked on a guy that was cutting wood for him. It turned out that this gentleman had gone into my buddies house and emptied his wallet. Mel knew.
A dog’s life is never long enough. It’s a metaphor for our own lives in some ways. Rottie’s only average 8-9 years so I’ve had lots of bonus time. I get jealous of dogs in that they never truly feel the pressures that we do. Millions of years of simply being devoted to us humans and wanting cookies isn’t all bad.
I’ve watched her as a baby, as a young adult, as a mature indestructible big baby goof as she’s aged, and now in her twilight hours. She limps a bit, but will still run on occasion. She still loves to chase squirrels even though she never could catch any. She still loves her cookies.
It seems surreal that one day, not too far away, she won’t be home or I won’t be able to turn to her and give her a scratch in her special spots. But her life has been a great gift and now each day is treasured.
I’ve been lucky too in that I have the world’s greatest vet; Dr. Debbie Nash, who’s been with Mel since day one even though Dr. Nash herself has moved a couple of times. I wish more vets, heck more Doctors, had the commitment that she does to her patients.
Now Mel has her new brother whose job it is to keep her happy and active. Little Fitzy has done just that and with a new diet and extra care Mel is doing much better.
So today is going to be Melly’s day. All her favorite yummies, a new toy, and scratches in all her favorite spots. I think the biggest gift of this part of her life is the lesson to appreciate those that we love, whether they be fur or not because life is short and seasons do pass.
And then if we’re really really lucky we have great memories to cherish.
Happy 12th Birthday Melly!