"It only takes a moment to say hello but forever to say goodbye"-Unknown Author
I have less than three weeks left with Dembre. I have realized this is the time that I need to sit back and enjoy Dembre for who he is and not try to fix his problems. It feels so weird to be getting ready to say goodbye. Last November I said I had a year left with Dembre. After that the date was changed to August. Time ticked away and now the time is almost here. I picked up Dembre excited, exuberant, and expectant of the things that were to come. Now I'm sitting here with turn-in just around the corner.
I want to say that I have LOVED raising Dembre. We've had our ups and downs, but it's been a journey of love and excitement. I'll miss my little boy when we leaves, but I know that the future is before us and I want to walk into it with my head held high. I've been storing up tears for the day I say goodbye. Want to know something? I know I'm going wake up on August 13th and say, "Wow, today's the day! I'm NOT ready!" When I actually come to the final step of putting Dembre in the kennel. Something's going to change. Maybe a feeling of success and confidence. Maybe a question about how Dembre will do. Maybe the realization that I didn't do everything as I should have, but I'm going to think something. In February I went to my first CCI graduation. Dembre's turn-in seemed distant. Now I can see myself saying goodbye. It's time! I have 18 days left! Only..... 18...... days. Tomorrow I will be attending my final puppy class with Dembre at my side. Time FLIES!
~Elijah & Dembre