Monday, March 12, 2007
Tribute to a Loyal Friend
SAVANNAH the GREAT and GOOD DANE, 2001-2007
That's the thing about giant dogs. They don't live very long.
We had to put Savannah down today after a short illness -- lymphoma. It had already spread, and we couldn't stand the idea of seeing her suffer, so we reluctantly concluded "sooner rather than later."
Although not known for her intelligence, it would be difficult to imagine a sweeter dog. And although she had a window-rattling bark, she was as harmless as a cow. I don't think she'd have even known how to be aggressive, the fearsome pictures of her goofing with her late brother, Finn, notwithstanding.
She was perfect with the baby, accepting her demotion with loyalty and grace: "Hey, your baby is my baby." I'm glad he's not old enough to know he's lost his best friend.
It's going to be strange being without a dog for the first time in 17 years...
Mrs. G is pretty broken up. Remember her and Savannah in your prayers, and let's hope there's a heaven for good and gentle dogs.
In fact, let's hope there's a heaven with good and gentle dogs.