I don’t normally post anything about my personal life here, but this is too important for me to keep to myself.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I welcomed a new member to our family- a black lab pup named Raven ( @rockinravenlab ). She was the sweetest, gentlest, most loving dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I instantly knew that she’d always hold a special place in my heart.
I say ‘was’ because unfortunately, over this weekend we found out that her little heart had two valves that hadn’t formed properly as she grew. This led to a rapid and painful buildup of fluid in her abdomen and lungs within a few days. She could barely breathe and even with constant medication would only be able to manage another week or so. Last night, my wife and I had to make the incredibly difficult decision to end her suffering in as much comfort as possible. She passed peacefully in our arms, hopefully with the knowledge that we loved her more than we could put into words.
I was so looking forward to sharing her with you all once she was old enough to safely hang out in the shop, but sadly, it was not meant to be. I won’t post any more about her here, but I’d like anyone reading this to take a moment and think about your loved ones, be they pets or people. Those connections are some of the best things you can possibly experience, so please cherish them.
Rest In Peace, little pup.
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