In May of 2017 I lost a very dear friend, my favorite dog of all time, Sunny. Sunny was a yellow lab that my family adopted when he was maybe a year or so old. Now Sunny wasn’t the world’s smartest dog, though he was pretty smart, and he didn’t have any special talents for catching a Frisbee or retrieving things, but what he had was incredible sweetness. Every human wash is friend, or so he wanted to believe they were. And in his mind every person seated on the floor certainly wanted him to sit in their lap and maybe even receive a few kisses from him. He adored people and was gentle even with small children. One of my favorite all time photos of Sunny was him curled up on the floor napping next to my grandson who was probably around 2 at the time. Sweet, loving and loyal were his strengths, and losing him left a big void in our house. But with his passing my wife and I found ourselves completely empty nested for the first time in 30 plus years.
In the 18 months or so since his passing, my wife and I have talked numerous times about whether it was time to bring another dog into our life. And it is a really hard decision. There is something to be said for being empty nesters and the freedom it brings, but I still walk into the house sometimes and expect to have my buddy waiting at the door to greet me. In my mind, I had the best dog ever and no dog will replace Sunny. But that thinking isn’t fair to the countless other dogs out there waiting for a forever home. So, I find myself starting to wonder if it is time to adopt again? I know that there isn’t a right or wrong answer, but it is harder and harder to not check out some of the adoption web sites. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring my wife and Ia new rescue lab for Christmas? Stay tuned for future posts and maybe some labradorable photos!