Everyone who knows us, knows how very loved our sweet Barney is. Evan and I got Barney over 12 years ago at the Kootenai Humane Society during our first winter in Idaho. He was our first “baby” and has been an important part of family ever since. He showed our kids what love really “feels like”, he was my running partner in his younger years, Evan’s co-pilot during our move back to Canada, and again back to Idaho, our protector, our loyal boy, our true friend.
Over the past year, sweet Barney started to slow down as his body started to give out on him. He had some scary falls, some accidents in the house, and spent most of his days sleeping. It was such a difficult decision, but we knew it was time to say good bye to our best friend. On Wednesday July 20th, at 7:30 pm at our home a kind vet helped Barney on his final journey. Although it was so hard to be with him as he slipped away, the four of us were so glad that we were able to be with him. We buried him on our property in a beautiful shady spot, under a pine tree overlooking the lake.
We will always miss him. Our home feels quieter without sweet Barney right next to us, but we know he is at peace and he won’t have to miss us when we set off on our trip. We were so lucky to have had Barney in our lives.
Soon after, we travelled up to Priest Lake, Idaho for some healing and reflection and some distraction from our sadness. We spent 2 wonderful days camping at Priest. It was what we all needed. We laughed, we shared stories about Barney, we grieved in our own ways. We returned home ready for the next chapter to begin, forever grateful for the gift of Barney in our lives.