Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy and Sad

About a month ago, I got an invitation to go to Lansing Dec 8-9 for the Network of Michigan Educators banquet and Innovative Schools Conference.

It was really awesome to be in a room of NBCTs and other exemplary teachers since I don't always feel like my gifts are being appreciated where I am. The conference was awesome and I have a million ideas spinning in my head of things I want to do and grants I would like to secure.

Unfortunately I got home yesterday afternoon to find my 10 year old pooch,  Captain Morgan (yes that is really his name) very ill and not well. We had to make the decision to put him down. I did not plan on being out from school again today but with amazing colleagues and a very understanding principal, we made it happen.

I have never cried so much and so hard. My poor buddy was miserable this morning. Except for his momma's owner we have been the only family he has known since he was 7 weeks old. He was a best friend, a protector and a constant in our lives.

I have never put down a dog before. The animal hospital we took him to did an amazing job making him comfortable so he could go in peace. I was the last thing he saw and felt and I am grateful he passed on to a place where nothing can hurt him anymore.

There is an ache in my heart and Christmas will be so hard without him. You never really think about how much your pet is like your child until this. I can only be comforted in knowing we gave him a good life and he was happy here.

RIP MoMo August 2004 - December 10, 2014


  1. I am so sorry, but so glad and grateful that you were able to be there with him and that you both were able to have a peaceful - if still heartbreaking - goodbye. Hang in there - the pain will subside, and you'll have ten years of warm memories!

    1. Thank you. It was a rough week. We are slowly adjusting to our new "normal" without him. It's weird.

  2. So sorry about your dog. That is so hard.

    1. Thank you. Definitely hard. It's so empty without him here.