My loving husband understood what I was saying, and sat down at the computer for several days and pulled pictures of Chili Dawg from the 8.5 years that we had with him. He had only one request of me- I had to choose one of the songs that played in the video. I didn't want to do that either, but the day came when Ryan forced my hand and I chose a song by Jason Castro (the kid with the dreads from American Idol), and Ryan chose the other song also by Jason Castro.
I know many of you are tired of me writing about Chili Dawg, and that is fine (that's why the heading says "a final tribute"). There are just a couple more things that I would like to share about him before we begin the new year.
Several people expressed concern that we amputated his leg, saying dogs are meant to have four legs. We learned through this journey, that as they say on the tripawds website: "dogs are made with 3 legs and a spare". Since Chili was only with us for a short 3.5 months post-amputation, these "doubters" did not get to see him on his three legs, so I want to share a video of him two months after his amputation. I don't think he looks like he's having a hard time, do you?
I realize that Chili Dawg was not my whole life. However, he gave me a gift when he broke me out of my depression after my brain injury. He was my special companion, my heart dog. There will never be another one of those.
Today marks four months since Chili Dawg left us, and the last thing I want to share is the video that Ryan put together to remember Chili Dawg. I think he did a really nice job, he even included my parents' Fred the Beagle & Jaime & Bill's Princess Leia in it who crossed the Rainbow Bridge before Chili Dawg. So, sit back and enjoy the final tribute to my special friend.