Reflecting on 2011

Whew. I’m glad that 2011 is ending. While it’s not been a super horrible year, it’s been frustrating. To recap…

There were some good times though…

Some friendships were strengthened (yay!), while some frayed (boo). I hate that there are people that I’m not as close to know as I was a year ago, but I honestly believe that maybe now is not our time. Our time may have already passed or it may happen again in the future. I’m not going to stress about it (too much) and wish those friends nothing but love and happiness.

I’m physically stronger and healthier than I was this time last year.

I didn’t write as much here as I had hoped.

In all, I’d say this year was a wash. Stay tuned for my post tomorrow about the things I’m looking forward to in 2012.


Creative Commons License photo credit: Maarten Danial

The End

This is the post I’ve been avoiding all week.

Lucky died on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at approximately 1 PM.

I know the time because I was there with him scratching behind his ears and whispering reassuring words.

His body was failing him and in his last week, his quality of life was incredibly diminished.

It was the hardest decision I’ve made in my life, but know that it was the loving, responsible, and compassionate thing to do. Lucky died with dignity.

I miss him terribly and it will take me years before I’m even ready to consider adding another dog to the family.

Thank you to everyone in my life who has extended their condolences. Thank you to Andrew and Kerryn Zechiel for assisting me in his last week. Thank you to the Hope Center (and specifically Dr. Conor McNeill and Claire McGillicuddy) for being so wonderful and for providing fantastic care to Lucky during his chemo. Thank you to my friend and veterinarian, Dr. Lynne Gallitz, for being our friend and for taking my late night phone calls when I was worried about something Lucky was (or wasn’t) doing. Thank you to my friends and family for being there for me.