Tomorrow we will be saying goodbye to The General. The General joined our family a few short months. My sister Tara cared for The General in a very good way. He lived out his last days with us enjoying a nice big yard to explore. Good food to eat and the incredible care from Tara. She is a special sort of person who has taken in a few dogs over the years to help foster them through their later years.
This was the first dog that went to doggy heaven that we have had to explain to Eva. Eva is such a sensitive child. We’ve been taking her with us to visit houses and she has asked us if we will be bringing all manner of things with us. Lately she has been asking if the cats will be coming with us. She is very concerned about leaving them behind. No we won’t be leaving them behind ‘I assure her.
As a Dad I really want to give Eva the chance to say goodbye to The General but also want to soften the blow for her. Eva is so inquisitive and sensitive that I forget and over explain things. So I probably over told her why the General is going to go to Heaven. She was so sad, she was going to miss him. She enjoyed seeing him in the backyard but at the same time never did get too close to him. He was unsteady on his feet and we were afraid he’d accidentally knock her over. So that might have contributed to her not getting too close.
So tonight Allison, Eva and I went with Tara to say goodbye to The General. Eva was sad but she got the chance to say goodbye. I’m sure she will ask us about The General and why he went to doggy heaven. I think we did an okay job of not hiding this from her nor lying about what happened.
I think one of the greatest moments from this experience was Eva crying and trying to talk then stopping, completely composing herself and saying “I’m sorry, I was crying and cold not talk right.” It is things like that that often make me forget that she is only a three year old. She has these amazing moments of self awareness we just sit there stunned.
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