Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'll miss that ole GRUMP!

With broken heart I must share news about Mr. Shug with you all... As most of you know Shuggy has been my baby for over 6 years. He is a "grouchy" old soul but has always been by my side since I rescued him after Hurricane Katrina. He joined me as I finished college (proudly wearing his orange and blue), accepted an engagement and moved to Birmingham to share his home and bed, even stuck in there when Mr. York came and demoted him from #1, then again when Perry D joined our clan. He has been a loyal pup but sadly took a back seat when the babies arrived. Instead of helping make this an EASY transition he continued in his "crotchety" old ways and would not play with the boys or appease their curiosity in any way. I thought it would get better and the boys would "grow" on him. I was WRONG... He is absolutely terrified of York (for good reason: ear pulls, eye gauging, tail yanking, suffocating hugs) and will not let him get 10 feet from him. So he would hide under our bed to avoid the Harless Boys. It wasn't a good life. And I overlooked it daily because I was being selfish... I couldn't entertain the idea of giving my first BABY away. Finally I made the decision any good mom would... I decided to give my sweet Shug the life he deserves. To live a life without York's torture and Perry's drool, a life of leisure and happiness. So I mentioned to my cousin (who also has a Cavalier) that I might be interested in finding Shuggers a better life/home. She immediately said that her in laws were in the market for a grown dog that they didn't have to potty train. They had a dog pass recently and were lost without a K-9 in their life. PERFECT!!! I wanted to find him a home were I could "check in" and maybe visit every once and a while. Well they came to get him on Father's Day and I have been a mess ever since. I know it is for the best but it is KILLING me... especially when York says "Mom where Shug? I cant find hims!" (He has said this twice in 2 weeks) So York and Wes have done lots better than I. I told York he is at Dog camp where he can meet other dogs and play! York is totally fine with this explanation. I have heard from Shug's new family and he is in PARADISE... he is adjusting well and sleeps in their bed at night, lounges on their couch during the day, and takes kayak rides in the morning. He's probably thinking.. "Finally... the GOOD LIFE!" and I sure hope so...you deserve it buddy! I will miss that old grump! But will always remember the wonderful times you gave me.... Love you ALWAYS Shugster!

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