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Goodbye Old Friend

This should come as no big surprise, but I consider everyone who listens to the “Main Street Cafe” family.  Over the years, we’ve shared both the good times and the bad.  When my son Aaron passed away, some of the first people to contact my family were friends we’ve made through the radio show.  Well, I need to share with you that yesterday we lost another member of our family.  We had to put our oldest dog, Miles, to sleep.  He had gotten to the age where he was having a tough time just making it through the day.  For those of you who have never had to say goodbye to a pet, it’s hard to describe how tough it is.  This is actually the second time we’ve had to do it.  We had to put our Bichon, Abby, to sleep several years ago.  If there’s anything that can bring a grown man to his knees it’s having to say goodbye to his “best friend.” When we had to put Abby to sleep I lasted a mere 20 days before we went out and adopted another dog…and in this case one turned into two.  We actually planned on adopting Miles’ sister, Maddy, but after seeing them together, there was no way we could separate the two.  I have a friend who refuses to adopt a dog because he says it was to hard saying goodbye to his first one.  I’ve got to say though, I wouldn’t change a thing; I would do it all over again.  I’ll probably always have a dog in the house.  Most of our family pictures and highlight memories involve either Abby or Maddy & Miles.  Miles was always the first one to greet me at the door when I got home from work and the first to jump into my lap when I sat down in my recliner.  When it finally came time to say goodbye, my wife Suzette, daughter Jesse…and Maddy…were all there when Miles took his final breath.  He passed over knowing he was loved and will forever be missed.  I truly believe the thing Suzette, Jesse and I can take comfort in is knowing that Miles never suffered, and he’s now in the loving arms of our son Aaron (who loved him dearly) and is able to run and play with his new friend Abby.  In fact, that was the last thing I said to Miles, “Go to Aaron and give him a kiss from us.”  So long old friend…and I know we’ll see each other again.

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