The first time we saw Liam, he was in a baby playpen with about 4-5 of his brothers and sisters. Liam was the only one standing up against the side of the pen and awake to greet us. There was no mistaking it...he chose us to be the ones he wanted to go home with. How very lucky we were too!
I cannot recall him ever not being kind to a person or another dog. We have brought 3 other dog babies into our home since he joined our family, and he never showed any signs of not welcoming these newest members of our home. They still knew he was the alpha of the pack, even when he couldn't jump on to furniture to be the closest to the Mom and Dad, they still acknowledged his standing.
He was so damn handsome too! Sometimes he would be mistaken for a girl (we would quickly correct the unobservant person) because of his beautiful markings and friendly demeanor. Only dog I have ever had that would assume so many show dog stances and actions. If we had taken the steps, I am 100% positive he would have won awards.
My generation doesn't allow that men are supposed to show emotion, even in times of great emotional pain, but I am not ashamed to say I cried yesterday until I couldn't see clearly anymore. Every time I walk through the house I see things that remind me of the time God allowed this little angel into our lives, and I tear up again. We have had too much of that kind of pain in our life this last decade, and I know what worn out phrases and cliches people say to those experiencing loss, but this hurts an awful lot.
If I thought that he was still enjoying himself and his life, I would have happily continued on with handfeeding him, waking at all hours of the night for his pottys, and cleaning up his mistakes when we would not be there in time, but I am convinced his body and soul had simply given up after a hell of a fight.
Bub, I am gonna miss you so much, but will carry your beautiful memories with me the remainder of my life, and like Ellen's memories, they will be opened up from time to time with a big smile that you always gave me these last 15 years.