Thursday, July 17, 2008

Empty house

Since we bought our first home back in the spring of 2000, this house of ours has been a dog house. Mr. Crooked eyebrow firmly stated, "we will have a dog" and while I never had a pet I went along for the ride. So to the breeder we went. A miniature schnauzer was are only dog to consider as it was the breed he had grown up with. With out a doubt we were looking for a salt and pepper schnauzer to call our own.

While at the breeder we had our eye on another puppy, but it would have nothing to do with us. Mean while, this sweet runt of a pup kept trying to come to us. It was then decided, he shall be ours. I distinctly remember trying to come up with names for him and I couldn't help but think this puppy looked like an old English man. "Chester! Let's name him Chester" and so it was, our dog was named Chester Bogart.

Soon after bringing home Chester, our first child JC came home and our home was never the same. These two boys of ours have brought us so much joy and laughter. As JC was growing, so did the dog . JC would crawl and Chester would find a sunbeam to go lay in. During their second year of life, JC would throw toys and Chester would soon find his own spot on the couch to take cover. We have all grown together as one little happy family.



Now over the years we have had our share of Chicken Pox, ear aches, colds and sneezes, but thankfully never with Chester. Until the last few days that is. He began vomiting, with bloody urine, sleeping and was quite lethargic the last 48-72 hours. Our first time ever really having our pup sick. It broke our hearts to see him not drink or not to have the cute little wet nose and for him to move was just painful to watch.




So in the middle of the night, Mr. Crooked eyebrow decided it was time to take Chester to the local Animal ER. As I slept they went and in the early morning Mr. CE returned home without Chester. He unfortunately had to stay and get medical attention and that's where he is right now. Sick, without his family.( but getting fluids and medicine)

We are lost, simply lost without our Chester. No one begging to sit on the couch with me, no one dancing to go outside. It's quiet and we hate it. Tonight has been horrible knowing our beloved Chester is all alone with out his family.





For eight years there has been the sound of toys, games and the rattling of dog tags as Chester walked across the house. Eight years of saying "Chester, you gotta go potty?" or "Chester you want a cookie?, cage...night Chester". For eight years this house has been occupied by Chester, he's never been alone without family ever. Except for tonight and this house has never been so empty.

Until then, we hope the next few days go quickly as he heals, but until then, we can't wait for our house to feel full again....

11 comments:

Lisa said...

I hope Chester gets well quickly! We love our dog like family too. Only other pet owners get that. I feel your pain. I'll be praying for Chester.

ann said...

Awwwwww, poor Chester! I hope he is able to come home soon.

Pets are members of the family. I hope your son is dealing with this alright.

Teresa said...

Omg, that's my dog! That is the exact puppy I had growing up as a kid and his name was Nick. I loved him sooo much! I will pray for little Chester that he gets rest and medicine to heal so he can be back home with you where he belongs. Hang in there, I was an office manager of a Vet hospital in Louisiana and I know he's getting good care because in order to care for animals, you have to LOVE them. I know his caretakers fell in love with him the minute he came in-they'll give him tons of love while he's there.

Dawn said...

Oh, poor Chester. I hope his is better. As the mother of 2 dogs and a cat, I know what a part of you life animals can be. Our older dog is having a difficult time and I am afraid it won't be long until we loose him either. In the meantime, I am doing things for a dog I never thought I would. I even hold his dog bowl up to him while he eats. I will add a prayer for Chester and for you whole family.

iheartchocolate said...

He sure is cute, I can see why you'd miss him!
Hope he gets better soon!

my wonderful men... said...

I hope he is well soon, I know how I feel about my dogs they are like my children.

I know you all must miss him and feel so lost with out him there.

Amy

Mimi's Toes said...

Oh, poor little Chester. You guys are good parents to take him right away to the ER. He should be good as new by the weekend and you guys can have a welcome home party with doggie treats. I am sending a get well hug for him...
I know what you mean...my dogs are my kids too.

Mommy Instincts said...

oh CE,

Having been in your shoes, I know exactly how you feel. We have truly had our share of scares regarding our kitties, but thankfully they have all come home safely.

Go visit him if it will make you (or him) feel better. Take him a special toy or blanket, something that smells like home. That could really make a difference and aid in his recovery. It might be really sad to see him hooked up to machines and in a little cage, but just think of what it would do for his little heart.

Hopes and prayers for you and your little pup.

Jen

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

I hope he gets better soon!

Stacie said...

I hope Chester is ok and home soon!

Ryley said...

Oh.. you made me get very teary eyed.. I can't stand sick dogs.. Infact I've paid ungodly amounts of money jsut to avoid one! We have a run Miniature Schnauzer also. and he is my LIFE. Everytime he sneezes we take him to the doctor. (Ok totally exagerating..) but he recently got an ear infection. When I called the vet to tell him he needed to come in because I think he has an ear infection. They said.. "what makes you think he has an ear infection?" I got so mad and said..
"I'm his mom.. That's how I know he has an ear infection." Sure enough he did!! :)
My dog is so much of my life that I have a real genuine fear that I won't be able to love our new baby as much as I love him.. crazy huh? But I panic about it..
His 4th birthday was yesterday.. Birthday pictures should be up by tonight if you want to come meet my baby..so you don't feel so loney without yours....
I'm glad he's doing okay.. give him lots of kisses when you see him...