Mourning After

On February 2, 2017 my mum and i took our dog Teak to the hospital and put him to rest.

Teak was born in June of 2012 by his mother Molly who was found in a warehouse near our house. A woman in our neighborhood took her in and found out that she was pregnant with six puppies. A week after the pups were born a friend told us about the litter, we went for a visit and Teak was the first puppy I held. It was love at first sight. We visited him several times a week until it was okay to take him from the litter.

Teak came into my life at a time that I really needed him. I had been sick at home for about a year and he became my absolute best friend. I am so thankful for him and his life, despite being a spoiled pooch 🙂

His health decline began last friday when we heard him yelp in the back yard. He began to limp and by sunday had lost all use of his back legs. We took him to the hospital at 1:30 am on Monday morning and they told us that he had a slipped disk in his back that was pinching the spinal cord. Nerve signals were blocked from getting to the lower part of his body. We left him in the hospital for several days then took him home. Unfortunately he refused to take his meds and was in a lot of pain. We put him down Thursday afternoon.

Mourning After

I came up with this little photo series yesterday as I was laying in bed a couple hours after coming home from the hospital . I have been trying to accept that Teak is gone, but to me somehow it’s like he’s still here. Still whining to get up on my bed. Still waddling around the house.

This morning I saw one of Teaks toys on the floor that he had brought to me a week ago and it made me realize that I can’t accept his death because it’s like he never even left the house. Everything I look at reminds me of him. His bed is still by my mum’s desk, his toys are still all over the house. In these photos I hoped to capture that he’s still here living on in our house, even if it’s only in my imagination.

Teak came into my life when I truly needed him and left maybe when i didn’t need him as much. His death marked the end of an era in my life and I am so incredibly thankful to have been his friend.

Rest in peace Teak, Love you bebe ❤

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