Our dog Brandi developed a twitch in her ear a few days ago. Concerned a parasite or ear infection could be the culprit, Joni took her to see the vet.
Turns out the ear thing was the least of Brandi's problems. The vet said she had a tumor, that it id apparently malignant and there isn't much that can be done.
She had lost a step and a couple of pounds recently, and began shying away from the dry dog food in favor of wet food. But we never dreamed she was in that serious of shape.
We don't know if she has days, weeks or longer. But she seems comfortable so far and still has her appetite.
But it's a tough blow.
I know some of you are probably thinking it's only a dog, I used to kind of think the same thing.
That's until we came back home from Hungary in March 2000.
We met Brandi a month or so after we had moved to Cle Elum following five years overseas on the mission field. It was Easter Sunday 2000, and we stopped at Safeway after church.
I waited in the car, and waited, until I walked up to the store and happened to find Joni hugging a yellow lab mix with bright eyes and a happy smile.
We were hooked and happily accepted her from a local family that was trying to find homes for their yellow lab-mix puppies.
At the time Joni and I were looking for jobs, looking for a place to live and, generally, looking to put down new roots after five years away.
Brandi was our hello dog, she was a key part of our re-entry into this country and accompanied us on our journeys.
She was our hello dog in welcoming us home at the end of each day, and in helping us make a new home when we moved to Sunnyside.
We don't know how much time we'll have with our hello dog, but we are slowly, sorrowfully, coming to terms with saying goodbye.