Man’s Best Friend | Petri

Disclaimer: This blog may make you cry. I did.

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

Who is Petri?

Petri is a very bad dog who loves to get into the trash and drag it throughout the entire house because he didn’t like to be left home alone. He’s a very sweet dog who loves to curl up to you as close as he possibly can. He’s also a very grumpy dog if you get too close to his bone. Days like today, I find myself missing his multiple personalities. When I leave the house, I half expect there to be trash all over  when I get home…but there isn’t.

Petri was our rescue baby. Jake saved his life from animal control back in college and they quickly became best friends. Sometimes I would find myself jealous of this little dog because he would always find himself laying in between Jake and I, keeping us from snuggling close. We could be on a boat in 90 degree + weather and Petri would manage to curl up under towels or blankets. He loved the warmth I guess. Sometimes while separating laundry into piles, I’d have to keep reminding myself not to step on them because Petri would definitely be under one of them.

About a week before our wedding, we noticed something was wrong with Petri. He looked like he had somehow managed to eat a bowling ball. His stomach was HUGE! We took him to the vet only to find that he had not just fluid build up but and enlarged liver and spleen.  We tried treating him for an infection with antibiotics. Nothing changed. We took him in for more tests and to our dismay, he had a huge mass in his liver. His health was declining.  We had the vet drain his fluid so he could be more comfortable. We wanted to spend more time with him than just a couple more days. We wanted some sort of miracle cure for him so that he could live longer and not be in pain. It came time when we had to make one of the toughest decisions as a newlywed at that. We had to let Petri go. We weren’t ready for any of this to happen.  We spoiled him with steak and pizza (he loved pizza) the night before we had to take him to the vet and let him cuddle between us and told him how much we loved him… Even if he was a bad dog 99% of the time. It has been about a week since Petri has been in what I like to believe Doggy Heaven. We miss him so much! We feel as if we have a giant hole in our hearts. A piece of our family is no longer with us and that emptiness has yet to mend itself. Even Thor our other fur baby misses his big brother. He mopes around the house  and lays by the front door waiting… just waiting for Petri to come back.

“Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.”
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

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