Well... where should I start. I guess the beginning helps.
Last week we found out we will be relocating to Arizona. Well, most likely. Nothing is 100% in the military, but its 90% sure. Knowing this, I knew that I had to thing about things.
This brought me to my heart wrenching decision. Probably one of the hardest i've ever had to make. I did a lot of crying, and am doing so now as I type.
Let me explain a bit. Samson does not travel well. He gets physically ill, and howls anytime he is in a vehicle. Knowing this, I knew the kindest thing I could do for him would be to place him in a forever loving home that is Permanant.
So, I placed the ad in the paper... knowing it was gonna take a while. He can't go to just anyone after all. Right away I get a call... this lady says "how do you think he will do outside?" ... CLICK... yep, she got dial tone.
So later, I get another call. This lady is really interested, and sound promising.. but my guard is up. She volunteered her references to me. She gave me her vet, a rescue org lady, and three friends/relatives. Yep, I called them all. While I called them, I directed her to my site to view pictures. They all gave her rave reviews.
I called her back and we talked at length about Samson, and his needs. She agreed (in writing) to everything I asked her, and promised to send pictures. It seemed like this was the right place for him.. but I had to discuss it with my family. We discussed it, and all agreed this was the right place and choice.
Before we took Samson I spent a good bit of time cuddling him and telling him I loved him. I think he knew something was up, because he rubbed all over me and purred the whole time. Then when the time came he went right into the kennel which he's never done before.
We met their family, and they were everything I had hoped for. I just didn't expect it to be so soon. They will be just what he needs, and they'll give him all the love he could ask for. I did a lot of crying, and made her cry... but as much as it broke my heart I knew i had to put his needs before mine.
This family has a special piece of my heart forever in their home. To Samson I say... "Nothing can change how much I love you... I only did what was best for you. I will love you forever"
My heart is broken, but I know it was right. I can only hope time will ease the pain.