On August 26, 2013, I lost my best friend, Colonel Edward Watson, to his battle with cancer. While to the outside world he seemed just like another canine, he seemed more like a real person to my friends, family, and me. The Colonel had seen me through the really rough times of my early sobriety to the good times that I have now. For eleven years, the Colonel has been my constant companion and a true best friend.
Throughout my adult life, I would make promises to the Colonel about things that I wanted to accomplish while he was around. I always kind of knew that he would leave before I had children of my own, so I never promised to give him a human brother or sister. However, one of the biggest promises I made over the years was to “get him a big yard to watch the squirrels.”
The Colonel had stuck around for all my other big accomplishments and events in my adult life. He saw me get/ stay sober, become a hair stylist, graduate from college with honors, graduate from law school, get married, take the bar ( I failed by 3 points, but hey…at least I promised we would take the bar together), and finally buy a home.
We officially moved into Maplewood on Saturday evening, which was closer to Midnight when we brought the boys into the house. As such, they did not get to see the house until Sunday morning. Upon our awakening, AHJ and I took the boys out to see their new yard. I politely asked the Colonel if I could take his picture in front of the large maple in front of the house and he graciously obliged. Alright Colonel, now pose.”
On Tuesday morning, Colonel looked up at me and gave me a particular look. My heart sank to the floor because I always told him to let me know when it was time for him to leave me. Immediately, I began to sob because I knew that he would be gone soon and I would be left alone.
I drove him to Dr. C and she told me it was time to say goodbye, but we should move quickly because he was in pain. I am so grateful that I was there for him for our last big adventure together. I held onto his little paw and said, ”Until we meet again, my dear friend. I love you.”