We are Nadirah and Troy Lugg… a happily married couple by way of sharing a friendship since the sixth grade. Together, we enjoy the myriad of experiences that life has blessed us with on a daily basis. Whether it’s food, music, entertainment, travel, marital advice, etc., we always take pleasure in learning new things and passing along newfound knowledge. WELCOME TO THE LUGG XPERIENCE!
On September 22, hubby and I had the unfortunate
experience of having to euthanize our beloved dog, Joy. Sadly, after weeks of erratic behavior and
numerous hospital visits, she was diagnosed with a form of stomach cancer.
Although it was a difficult decision to make, we could no longer watch “our
baby girl” suffer and made the most heart wrenching decision ever. Now I am well aware they some people will
read this post and may remark the follow: “It was just a dog!” or “You can get
another one.” (And my favorite one) “Are
you serious?” and seven years ago, I probably would have felt the same way.
However, having the responsible of caring, feeding, teaching another life does
change one’s perspective.
No my husband
and I have not given birth to a child, but the love and attention that we gave
Joy helped to create our family of three.
I myself was surprised to experience the amount of shed tears and grief
placed in my heart by the memories of our dog; but as always, I will take this
as a learning experience. When hubby and
I do decide to have children, I’ve learned that we have similar beliefs on
child rearing, that my hubby is very loving and compassionate about the welfare
of others (humans or animals), and that I can accept the challenges and hard
decisions that goes along with the valiant duties of motherhood. All and all, I am grateful for the time and
love shared with Joy and I welcome the comical memories that creep into my
daydreams knowing that I have become what I use to ridicule… an emotional but
loving pet owner.
J WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU JOY AND YOU WILL
BE MISSED!!! J
Nadirah & Baby Girl Joy
Being a first time pet owner was a new experience
for my wife and I. Seven years ago I would have never imagined the pain and
grief felt once our beloved pet was no more. The truth is, our pet and many
around the world are true companions, love ones, friends and part of the
family. After our dog, Joy, was diagnosed with stomach cancer, it was a very
hard decision to have her euthanized. It was truly the biggest decision that we
had to make together as a family because we could no longer stand to see her suffer.
As the sedative was being injected into her veins, I
could not tolerate the thought to stay in the room. I immediately began to feel
distress. I quickly excused myself and tried to think of the reasoning behind
our decision. My wife had taken the
strongest stance of us both by staying in the room and holding Joy during her
injections. The thought makes me tear up, thinking of our loyal, trusting
companion being put to sleep forever. After speaking with my wife (who could
barely talk after the procedure), she devastatingly mentioned that Joy let out
a final tear as she took her last breath.
Not having children of our own, Joy was our child and beyond a doubt was
a vital part of our family.
It certainly holds true that you really don’t know
what you have until it’s gone. I would have never imagined that I would have
shed as many tears, felt pain, and sadness the way I did for our beloved Joy. Many
people love their pets and develop a bond that fulfills their life and I am
thankful to have that experience that I never knew or understood before. This experience was a true eye opener. Spend
time, cherish the moments and appreciate the time you have with love ones
because you never know when it will all come to an end. Spread and appreciate
the blessings that we have as human beings… the