|Harper squishing into a cat bed. She loves to squeeze into small spaces!|
|We took Harper on a walk at the Wilderness Park after her appointment and found a leaf shaped like a heart!|
I am having a really hard time with the thought of losing Harper. I first laid eyes on her when she was just hours old and hadn't even opened her eyes yet. She was my baby before I had babies of my own. When I lived alone she slept with me and kept me from feeling lonely. She was and is always there. I know no matter what is going on in my life she will always, always be happy to see me. For the past 10 years she has met me at the door every day when I arrived home. I held her and cried into her fur during my first year teaching when I had an especially difficult day. She has been the rock in my life that I've always been able to count on to dry my tears. She laid guard next to Carter when he came home from the hospital. When he was a baby and had yet to crawl she would lay next to him and even when he grabbed handfuls of her fur she wouldn't move, just allowing him to pull her fur and play with her tail. As he got older and was able to walk she allowed him to hold her leash and it was the only time she didn't pull on a walk, there would actually be slack in the leash. When Carter went through a spell where he had difficulty sleeping Harper came to the rescue, calming him by sleeping in his bed with him. I even wrote multiple posts about Carter and Harper's relationship, one from April 2013 here, one from June 2013 here, and one from 2014 here. When Elise came home it was the same thing all over again. When we aren't all in the same room, she's in a central location where she can see everyone and know we are all safe. She's not the best dog ever but she is the best dog ever for me. She follows me from room to room and loves me unconditionally. We've had 10 wonderful years together and so many memories, but I want more. I've always had it in my head she'd make it to at least 15. She has been so healthy with no age-related health issues so I didn't see this coming at all. There was no part of me that was thinking Harper would soon be leaving us and I am not at all prepared. It was such a shock to find out we have just mere months left. I was hopeful if the news wasn't good we'd have at least a year left to love on her. There's nothing harder than saying goodbye to someone you love.
|Harper with baby Carter.|
|Carter and Harper checking out what's going on on the other side of the fence.|
|Harper loving on baby Elise.|
|Carter walking Harper when he was little.|
|Harper always right with the kids!|
|Carter saved the day by sleeping with Carter when he started having trouble at bedtime.|
|We had to move Harper's food into the garage because Elise was always feeding her!|
|Picking Harper out from the litter of dogs.|
|My little Lee Lee.|
|Harper with my mom as a puppy.|
|Thomas, Harper, and me when she was a puppy.|
|Harper between my dad's feet as he cooked.|
|Harper with Jeremy.|
|Harper playing with Zuma.|
|Harper in her bumble bee Halloween costume.|
|Harper couldn't wait her turn to go outside!|
|Harper as Mrs. Claus.|
|Harper with Skippy.|
|Harper enjoying her first ever pup cup from Freddie's after her diagnosis on Saturday.|
|Harper enjoying a hike at one of the spots she hadn't been to before.|
Running with Harper in 2013 here.
Her 5th birthday in 2013 here.
Running with Harper and the stroller in 2013 here.
Harper's weight-related difficulties in 2014 here.
Facts about Harper in an Unrelated Post in 2014 here.
Harper Walking a Race in 2014 here.
Harper Sleeping with Carter in 2017 here.
These are just the ones I found while searching, I'm sure there are more and she's in almost every post through pictures.