A Christmas Eve walk with Kloe this morning put this particular holiday season in perspective for me. It was a brisk forty five degrees as we headed out at about 8:30 am. The morning was calm with no wind, the tall pine trees at the Golden K were still, the sky was grey but dry, and the neighborhood was quiet.
As Kloe and I headed out I was grateful that we had nowhere in particular to go and all day to get there. Quite a difference from the days when my children were small and there were so many tasks to complete in time for the “big day”. All those tasks parents like us were fortunate to be able to undertake to make that big day special for our children. They were great times that I will cherish forever. But I have to admit this morning as we headed out to walk I was grateful that those days were in the past and Kloe and I were in the present.
This has been quite a year for my special girl Kloe. It was April when she was diagnosed with a torn CCL. For over seven months we nursed her back to health. In that time she tore the other CCL, had double CCL surgery (bi-lateral TPLO), and then convalesced back to so far what seems to be a full recovery. During that period much of our life was consumed with caring for (and worrying about!) Kloe. Her injuries had a major impact on our lives as well as her two sisters who often took a back seat to Kloe’s needs; especially puppy Koda who just wanted to play with big-sissie but could not because Kloe was at zero activity level.
So as we walked in the crisp air I reflected on how grateful I am for Kloe’s recovery. Grateful for having the flexibility and resources to dedicate much of our time over the past months to ensure the best chance for her recovery. Grateful that she is now pain free, can run and jump without restrictions, can wrestle with puppy Kloe and just be a dog again. But mostly I am grateful that Kloe came into our lives as a nine week old pup three and half years ago and changed our lives for the better and for ever.
Kloe and I stopped along the seasonal creek to take a quick photo and memorialize this special walk.
Christmas Eve morning 2019