• A heart felt Thank You…

By Jenny Prokopenko - Posted Friday July 26, 2013

A heart felt Thank You…

It has been three months since we made the extremely hard decision to give Chica back to Animatch so that they could make the decision we just did not have the heart to do. It was a very painful, heart breaking week not only for Carl and I but for my whole family as we not only lost Chica but my family lost another beloved family doggie, Peanut aka peanut butter, not even a week later. This is the first time in three months that i feel semi-ready to express my gratitude to Helen (and the whole Animatch team) for making what was a heart wrenching decision for Carl and I into an easier experience.Helen, we cannot truly tell you how grateful we are that you gave us the chance to adopt Chica. Despite living with all the problems poor baby girl had, it was the best 2years of our lives. I feel happy and at peace that we gave her that extra 2years on her life that could have easily been cut short at only 1yr. I still remember our conversation, the extreme guilt i felt about willingly giving her up knowing she will be euthanized and how you kept reassuring me that we did not fail her, that we did everything possible to help her and that there are just some dogs that you can't help.It's really indescribable really to tell you how much of a failure as a dog owner i felt for the longest time. The guilt that kept me up at night and the shame of what would people think of me when i tell them what happened. I will admit that i still feel guilty at times, when i look at her shadow box and think i could have done more although deep down i know that we did everything and more. Unfortunately she had her problems (separation anxiety/ fear aggression), that she couldn't be happy living like that and that we weren't truly happy living that way either.With all those "faults" she was the most affectionate dog. All the good times with her outweigh the negative ones. Carl and I still laugh at how she could curl herself up in the world's smallest ball, how for such a skinny little thing she was warmer the big boy (aka zeus) who weighs over 80lbs! How she loved to cuddle up to sleep on your back at night and no matter how much you moved her she "accidentally" fell back into that non existent groove. I will admit to carrying her around like a baby, the only dog i know that would wrap her paws around my neck for stability exactly like a baby does.Although I do not get the honor to see her grow old and earn her greys, thank you so much from the bottom of both ours hearts for allowing us the privilege to adopt her. To grow, laugh and cry with her. To spend 2years that we will never forget adn for putting our hearts and minds at ease with a decision no doggie parent should have to do. We can now focus our energy on our two boys, Canon and Zeus. We will continue to motivate people to adopt, to save a life just like we saved Chica. That no matter how hard (or easy) the adoption experience can be, that it is well worth EVERY single moment.R.I.P Chica 2010-2013 aka Baby Girl Aka HumanBabyAsianNinjaCatDog. Love Always. R.I.P Peanut 2007-2013 aka Grumpy Pants, aka Cranky Old Man, aka Mister Peanut Butter. Never ForgetWe all hope you guys found Lady at rainbow bridge, she's been alone for a while. Momma and Dadda will never forget you Baby Girl. Mister Peanut Butter...although we all miss you like crazy, i know your Daddy misses you more then ever and we hope your watching over him <3 We love you guys!-Jenny, Carl, Zeus and Canon

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