In the end it had to be done. Twice we made an appointment at the vet and twice I cancelled it.
But then it was not possible any more to go on. We had to let her go. She went softly and calmly. With many last hugs and strokes. The crying and the sadness was hard on us for days and days. But now the wonderful memories surface.
She was our beloved Dafi for more than sixteen years. I remember vividly the day our son and I brought her home. A six week old bundle of joy. So sweet, so trusting, at once loving us all. She instantly became a member of our family.
She grew up to be a marvelous dog lady, very beautiful with silky fur, a pink speckled nose and bright dark eyes. She was a companion to us, and especially to my husband on many hikes all over Israel. She was a play friend to my grandchildren. Everyone was fond of her. She always welcomed our family guests, my nieces and my sister from Germany. She started a friendship with the then boyfriend, now husband of one of my nieces, they created a special bond in minutes of his arrival. She got along with all the cats we have. She was never ever mean. She loved to eat. Oh, how she loved to eat! Her own food and that of everyone else too. At mealtimes or picnics she would sit quietly nearby and wait for a treat. She liked licking ice cream from the stick.
Dafi was always in a good mood. She was never grumpy. Her tail went into action first thing in the morning greeting us, and the wiggling was her constant expression of affection. On our outings she would jump and run, tireless. Walking a trail she would always make the distance twice or even more, by running up to me and then back to my husband, who was stuck behind photographing wildflowers, then again to me checking that all was okay, and whoop back to him. She loved the sea. Her joy de vivre was endless. Her love was greater than heaven.
We miss her - we will think of her often - we will talk about her - we will remember her - we will love her forever.
Thank you Dafi for making our life so much richer, so beautiful, so meaningful, so enjoyable.