Major Life Changes
Outside of the 3D realm my life has changed drastically the past few months as me and my family just recently moved into a new home/area. This is super awesome because of how much of a step up it is from my previous living environment. However.. like any move it has its stresses, like learning a new area, meeting new people, and also adjusting to a new school environment. All of these things are tough and get in the way of stuff, but oh well, that is life.
The Loss of a Loved One
Things have been very hard for me and my family as of late due to a tragic and recent death. On Monday 8/5/13 our beloved Shih Tzu, Mr. French, passed away an hour after falling off our balcony. While a dog may not be a direct relative, he was part of the family, and like a brother to me. He lived a decently long life of 9 years. The worse part of his death is not just his absence, but the events that lead to it. Our new place is a large condo with 3 households within it; our portion of it resides on the second floor. Our new home has a balcony that over looks part of the residential (coastal) area and the parking garages. With the garage(s) our place is pretty much on the third floor.
Monday afternoon I was with my brother and his girlfriend, they were getting ready to head out. Before they left I wanted to check on the dog, who was last seen on the previously thought safe balcony. He was nowhere to be found, panic starting to set in I looked over the ledge and didn't see anything. Seconds later I turn around and hear my brother and his girlfriend screaming and crying. I ran down the stairs to them and to the right of the doorway, down the steps to our garage, was Mr French. He however was still breathing so we rushed him to the car on slab of cardboard and wrapped him in a towel to keep him straight and prevent him from moving too much.
Since we just moved we were ill prepared and had no way of contacting my parents. We eventually drove him to an animal emergency hospital under crappy directions. While in the car I had to hold him down as he would occasionally flail his front paws around in pain. Once he was there he was stabilized and the doctor came out to discuss what we can do and the state of his condition. After an explanation, lots of confusion with how we could contact anyone, and a lot of crying, we managed to find a way to reach my mom. There was no way we'd of been able to afford all the treatment and diagnostics he would have required to treat him so our only option was to have him put down.
His absence has left a hole in my life and the rest of my family, a piece of us missing. This piece will be forever missing, but as time goes on, will fade. He was a quiet and timid, never destructive, or violent dog. He was a walking and living teddy bear who offered the best hugs one could ask for. He has always been there through the toughest times of my life. The hugs and moments spent with him will be missed, but never forgotten.
~Sorry for the depressing bit, but I felt the need to write about it. I'm personally doing ok now, but I feel for the rest of my family who has been hit just as hard as me by this. Thanks for reading (at least parts) of this exciting and also depressing entry! Please feel free to comment or ask any questions about the stuff I'm working on.