Losing Addy

On  July 2, 2014, our sweet dog Adelaide Macaroni Padgett succumbed to a disease that stripped her away from us too quickly.  We are not sure exactly what got her because it moved through her body so quickly, but, whatever it was, it could not have chosen a more innocent victim.  We miss her terribly, and our house--as energized as it is with three small children--has a certain feeling of emptiness.

If you look through our blog. you will see many posts about Addy and her various activities.  For Pete's sake, she co-wrote on this blog in the From the Floor series (e.g., see here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here).  As you might expect from her prodigious output, you will also see her pop up in pictures throughout our blog that weren't Addy-centric.  In short, she was one of us and often set the tone for our time as a family, and it is difficult to adequately convey the depth of our loss.

We got Addy as a puppy in 2005, only a couple of months after Anna and I were married.  She went nearly everywhere with us, and she knew (or at least met) all of our friends.  As I posted on Facebook, if you had the chance to spend time with Addy, you experienced a bit of the best this life has to offer.  In her final conscious moments, I thanked her for giving more love than she took out of the world.  I hope you, dear reader, had the chance to experience her kisses or sweet snuggles.

We will certainly share more pictures and stories about our sweet Addy--as we hope we can use this blog to help preserve memories for our children and ourselves.  For now, we are sad and dealing with the acute pain and immediate change that comes with the death of a family member.  If there is a life after this one, I hope we can reunite with our sweet girl, our beautiful Addy.

She is loved and missed.