In 2006, we went to look at an acreage that was for sale. We loved the house and property, but the only thing Karen didn’t really like was the dog run connected to the house. Not only did we end up buying the house, but we kept the dog run and the dog that called it home.
I remember the first day at the new house. My dad and I were working outside, and he noticed that the dog was laying on her back and throwing a tennis ball up in the air with her paws and catching it in her mouth. At that point, we knew she was something special.
A few years later, she ran across the road and was hit by a car. As I took her to the emergency vet clinic, I promised our kids, Baillie and Carter, I would bring her home. I remember my wife Karen saying, “why did you do that?” I said I had too. After all, she had become like a brother for Carter playing goal while he shot tennis balls into the net (and would make more saves than let in). She also became a Sister for Baillie, and they really did have a special girl bond. They were both our princesses.
After she got hit, she needed major surgery for a broken pelvis. She really had amazing recovery. With her new metal pelvis, she was back running in no time. I used to run with her 8 kms a day, and she would pull me all the way behind that leash.Over the years, we both slowed down, and a few years ago she wasn’t even able to go 2 kms. But she would still wait for me at the end of the driveway for over an hour, for me to finally return from my daily runs.
For health reasons, we couldn’t have the 3 kids wanted to, but I believe Lacy came into Karen’s her life to fill that hole. Karen was forever cleaning her paw marks, and was never sure which one I loved more, Karen or Lacy. But she loved her as much as any of us. Lacy was like a 5th family member, and made such an impression to all of our extended family and friends. We spent hours at the river (that was her happy place), and I spent hours watvhing tv just holding her paw, just like holding her hand. Just two nights ago, I held her paw while watching the Oiler game, squeezing extra hard when McDavid had the puck.
She gave us all unconditional love, and yesterday we returned the favor, by allowing her to go to sleep. I can’t thank the staff at the Devonian Veterinarian Clinic enough, they made everything as good as it could have been. When they’re crying along with you, you know you are with the right people.
Some might say she was just a dog, for my family she was so much more, and we are so thankful for her 14 years. They say grief is the price you pay for love, and that’s so true. We are so lucky we bought the house, and looking back I would have paid them that much just for her. We love you Lacy.
Thank you to each and every one of you that reached out….especially with the “Rainbow Bridge” poem :
Although it was hard – Chris shared Lacy’s story on air Thursday. Hear it here: