|Spencer, 3 months old|
|checking each other out on day 1, Spencer was 8 wks old|
Over the next couple of years, the two dogs bonded and became very close. Spencer was super easy to potty train, and never took an obedience class. He was a pleaser by nature, and learned all of his good habits from Shelby.
|learning from Shelby how to grab a quick sip|
|saying hello from the top of the stairs|
|Spencer (L) and Shelby (R)|
Once we safely arrived in Birmingham, and got settled....we began socializing. We ran almost daily, and made friends everywhere. Ten years ago, weims weren't as common as there are now, and since my two were so well behaved, they were rarely on a leash. When I first met Steve, he was shocked that I had two large dogs that were house dogs (he was raised with outdoor dogs). I however, learned from my parents that dogs were part of the family, and I spoiled them rotten, just like my parents spoiled their dogs.
|Always by my side|
As our dating progressed and we started spending more time together, we had to have a talk. He was always coming over to my house to hang out, but wanted me to spend more time at his house. I was okay with that, but I clearly explained that Shelby and Spence were not cats (like his pet, Stella), and couldn't be left alone for long periods of time and would need to come with me. He wasn't quite sure, but eventually warmed to the idea. Before long, we were married and the dogs and I had pushed Stella out of the house altogether (thanks Mimi and Papa for taking her in for us), and the four of us were snuggling in our queen sized bed....something Steve NEVER liked!
|Giving Bennett a kiss|
|Spencer loved his Poppy!|
|Chilling in Eatonton|
|he always tolerated us dressing him up|
|learning to swim at Smith Lake|
|playing doctor with Bennett|
We have visited him daily, met with the vets and watched him stay the same. We have shed so many tears this week, and have been looking for signs of improvement, but never saw it. He did wag his tail at me today (perhaps because he knew I needed that), the first time he has done that in 4 days, but he was still the same. So Steve and I snuggled with him, told him what a great dog he has been, and how he has brought us all so much joy. We told him to find Shelby in heaven, and then we let him go. I am completely broken right now, and I hope that time will heal my wounds. All week, the house has been quiet, and I haven't been greeted by my barking pal who slobbers all over my front door. I hope I will get used to that.
|snuggling with Steve|
|I love you buddy!!!|