Cosmo - The Name Fit Him to a Tee

by Tim
(Enumclaw, WA)

Cosmo came into our lives 13 years ago as a rescue pet. He was only 8 months old. He is a beautiful springer spaniel. Black and White.

Within 2-3 months of coming to be with us, he killed the neighbors' love bird that had escaped from theei house. He was not a vicious dog by any means. He just did what he was bred to do (be a bird dog).

He and my wife developed a strong bond with him from the very beginning.

He loved to swim and take mud baths in the creek that ran behind our home. He loved going to the lake and walking the trail. He loved his peanut butter jar (he had his own).

He also loved his cat. They were the funniest pair. They would sit outside the door of the bathroom and wait together for my wife to come out.

Life went along really well for 10 years, healthy, strong, active for him. Then about 3 years ago he suffered his first injury - he hurt his knee. His health seemed to go down from there. August 2018, we got the worst news. He had cancer - osteosarcoma. We had to amputate his leg all the way to his hip.

He was really nervous going to the vet. So in September 2018 we decided that he would stay home and be in hospice care. He was doing ok, however we knew that he only had a short time left with us. We just prayed he would be with us through Christmas. He made it.

Sunday, January 13th, he coughed up a blood clot. We took him to the vet to get checked out. An x-ray was taken and the cancer had spread to his lungs. We had to say goodbye. Most of the family was there.

Me, my wife, and 2 daughters. We sat with him for the longest time. He was so sweet and gentle. I think he knew that it was time for him to go be with God and our cat Oreo, who passed the year before.

Life is so empty right now. The house is too quiet. He would greet all who came through the door with a bark. My wife said that was the only way he knew how to communicate. He is at the rainbow bridge now. Healthy and happy, and waiting for his mom and he to reunite.

I am glad you were in my life. I will never forget you, Cosmo.

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