RL > WoW.

Friday I was all set to raid.

Flasks and food, candles and water. Repaired and parked at the summoning stone. I was as ready as could be. Just a few real life errands to run before settling in for the evenings run.

Then real life critted.

I took my dog to the vet to figure out why he had been acting wrong for the last little while.  I ended up getting news I neither wanted or really expected. He was sick… really sick. Chronically, incurably sick.

For his own benefit he had to be put to sleep.

I called in my family, they took their chance to say goodbye to their sick friend.

My wife and daughters left then, my son and I stayed. He was our friend, we had been with him for over a decade. He deserved better than taking that last journey alone.

That night was spent with family. Going through pictures and holding my kids as they cried.

I sent off a message to my raid leader  “I won’t be making it tonight, Rascal died today”. 

I honestly don’t know if the raid went off at all that night.

Honestly, i’m not sure I really care.

12 Responses

  1. So sorry for your dog: it’s a blow, especially when the dog is really a member of the family instead just a pet or a way to get recognition.

    Time will heal and all that yada-yada is utter crap, but hopefully you’ll remember him as the funny little active puppy he was.

    And again is out there.

    C out

  2. So sorry to hear it. I’ve never been in the position that I’ve been able to have a dog (sister with allergy when I grew up and too much work away from home these days), but I’d sure like to have one at least once in my life.
    But the pain to see them go… it must be horrible.

  3. Really sad to hear this, I can only imagine how sad you all must be. 😦 ((hugs)) to you and yours.

  4. Sorry to hear about your dog 😦 I’ve never had the horrible experience of putting a pet down… I’m glad you and your family had each other to get through the rough time, though, even if your family is now smaller by 1.

  5. Thanks much for the condolences.

    I know it upsets me, mostly because I was the one who had to make the decision. Why can’t the easy thing and the right thing be the same?

    At least once in a while?

    I think it is far worse for my kids though. Rascal was 13, so is my youngest (my son). My daughters are 15 and 19. He has pretty mych been with them their entire lives.

    My son in particular grew up a lot in my eyes Friday when he stayed with his friend till it was over.

  6. Never owned a pet, but I think such moments of decision are necessary for people to establish or solidify their sense of perspective with regards to where the game fits into their respective lives. May your blades never dull!

  7. RIP Rascal

    That’s a really tough loss. I’m sorry you guys had to go through it and that you had to make such a tough decision. It will be wierd to stop by (and I will make a point to soon) and not have him rush the door. (I’m dech’s RL nephew btw) It was, obviously, a good call to skip the raid. Plenty of other opportunity for that. You only get so many opportunities to really come together as a family like that, and if u can take away anything positive from this, that must be it. I’ve had my chow, yogi, for almost 2 years and can’t imagine how much it would hurt to have to go through that, let alone eleven years from now and with kids! You’re one tough dude to stay strong and set an example of resposibility for your kids. Anyway, I came expecting tales of epic loot and multiple wipes on bosses and got a touching example of RL challenges instead. My thoughts are with u guys!

  8. 😦 I’m sorry for your family’s loss Dech, that’s so hard. /hug

  9. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I had to put a four month-old rescue puppy to sleep a few years ago, so I know a little of what you must be going through. Take comfort in the fact that Rascal went peacefully and surrounded by the people he loves. If he was anything like my little Cady, he wasn’t afraid, and is no longer in pain.

    Best wishes.

  10. That’s so difficult… especially as unexpected as it sounds like it was. I can’t imagine parting with my pup (Daltrey) under those circumstances. Glad you and your family decided to take the time you did.

    My sympathies.

  11. My condolences and sadness to you and your family for the loss of your dear friend. As long as he is in your heart, you know he’s really never truly gone.

    Take care, Dech. Be good.

  12. I would like to give my sincere thanks to all the folks (in this post and elswhere) who offered their condolences.

    My family and I appreciate it.

    Thank you.

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