Behind The Easel: Dexter, A Great Dog

This blog is a commemoration to our dog Dexter. What a great dog! Dexter came to us when he was barely 6 weeks old. In fact he was smaller than my foot. However, he made up for that growing into a 90 pound lab. Bouncing around our two story home brought a fresh breath of air. I’ll never forget how he reacted when he discovered he had to go down that staircase he just climbed. Barking loudly gave him the courage he needed to run fast down the stairs. His vivacious youth was a real God-send when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, March of 2012. There’s something special about a four-month lab puppy that makes ones heart skip a beat. He cuddled when I needed reassurance after each chemo. Then our trip to Arizona where we relocated to Pebble Creek in Goodyear, 2017, He was mesmerized watching the scenery go from green Colorado to the cactus vegetation of Arizona. It was fun to see his world expand.

However, Monday, March 28, his world ended. Though I’m filled with sorrow, I was lifted when I read Romans 8:23-24, “For we know that the whole creations groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. ….even we  ourselves groan within ourselves eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” I am assured as I read on that some day there will be no pain sorrow, death, dying. Though today I experience the sorrow of losing a dear family member, I am also comforted knowing incredible days are ahead. But in the mean time I am grateful for spending the past ten and a half years with such an incredible dog.