I am thankful for my two dogs, Spike and Hazel Mae. Today is the one year anniversary of the death of our dog, Spike. He lived 15 years. He was my crash course on motherhood. I learned how to love and take care of something so deeply. I was fortunate to know he had a few months to live and I feel I could start grieving for him. I knew when it was time and I had peace that I made the right decision. I did not want another dog for a long time despite my daughter wanting a dog of her own. A few months later, everything changed, we adopted a rescue dog named, Hazel.
Hazel is considered my daughter’s dog. However, Hazel is truly the family dog. She loves us all and gives us lots of cuddles and snuggles. She is protective of our pack and she barks to tell strangers to stay away. I did not think I would want to open my heart up again after Spike, but sweet Hazel Mae made it happen.