We got Luna back in 2002. Our four kids were then 12, 11, 6 and 2 and they had been nagging me for years to get a dog but I kept putting them off, mainly because I knew that the life expectancy of a dog is quite low and I didn't want us to get attached to someone we would lose. Then a good friend of ours, Boxer was having pups and he asked if we would like to put our name down for one. I immediately said 'No' but when they were born I changed my mind.
When the pups were a few weeks old we went to see them and we were asked to pick which one we wanted. It was so difficult because all three of them were identical. However, one of them picked us. Luna was bouncing around our feet the entire visit and as we went to leave she tried to follow us out the door. We knew she was meant for us.
The day we took her home the four kids giggled with excitement the whole way home, I was dreading the puppy mess that lay ahead of me. The toilet training, the destruction of furniture, the doggy smell in the house and the eating of shoes and everything else in sight. And yes, Luna did all those things but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and we lived through it.
As Luna grew, she became very protective of our family. We would say she was like a grumpy old woman towards strangers or people that she hadn't seen in a long time, but really her grumbling growls were just letting people know that she was there and looking after us.
Visitors to our home would fall in love with Luna and were eager to gain her affection, this wasn't always easy and bribery was often needed, usually in the form of chocolate. But once you had gained her trust, she became a devoted friend.
Luna was our best friend and over the past ten years has been through so much with us all, she travelled on our life changing journey and was a massive part of it.
Luna died in the arms of one of my Brothers, she was happily wagging her tail as she thought we were at the vets to pick her up and bring her home. The pain of losing her has been immense, much more than I ever anticipated. I miss her so much, she drove me mad and was always under my feet but the house feels so empty without her.
I miss her slobbery chops waking me up in the morning, I miss hearing her climbing into bed with our youngest, I miss her begging for chocolate biscuits, I miss her following me around the garden and tripping me up, I miss having to keep a close eye on dinner as I'm dishing up, I miss her charging for the front door every time the postman knocked, I miss her doggy smell, her loud snoring, her wet sneezes and muddy paw prints.
Luna we all miss everything about you.
You were loved by so many.
Our Hearts are broken.