Elizabeth Melton Parsons


Saying Goodbye to Charlie Our Boxer Dog


The past three weeks have been pretty tough for our family. Two family members have passed away and now we must say goodbye to Charlie. For those who don’t know, Charlie is our boxer. We adopted Charlie when he was five and he’s now eleven. A fairly normal, perhaps even long life span for a boxer, but not nearly long enough in our opinion.

For those who’ve had the privilege of living with one these beautiful animals, you know their personalities are beyond fabulous and their devotion to family unparalleled. Charlie had a rough start in life and we take some comfort in knowing we’ve given him the love and care he deserved for the past six years.

He developed a problem with walking about six months ago. We tried all the expensive medications and pain relievers, but it seemed to make no difference at all. His condition continued to rapidly decline and he’s now totally lame. We thought of hip replacement, but sadly the vets we we visited didn’t consider this a viable option.

Making the decision for euthanasia has been a difficult and painful one, but one that had to made for his sake. At first I refused to even consider it, but finally realized how selfish I was being. So today we say goodbye to our friend.


Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

2 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to Charlie Our Boxer Dog

  1. Oh Liza, this must be so hard to even write about….but am so grateful you took the time to share with your readers, and I will remember “Charlie” through much of our past conversations….he is resting now mate, and yes, you had a touch decision but chose the best one.


  2. Thank you so much, Deb, for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. It’s truly appreciated. Love you, 🙂


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