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The Best Decision I Ever Made by Sia Huff

Have you ever made a decision that impacted your world for good? Fifteen years later, I can look back and say… that was the best decision I ever made.

Honey puppyEvery boy needs a dog. That’s what I thought when my boys were small. They would learn responsibility, how to care for and nurture another living being. Little did I understand the depth of attachment my family would feel. A furry little canine stole our hearts.

Next month, our Honey girl celebrates her 15th birthday. That makes her almost 105 years old in human years. She’s so much more than a pet – she’s a member of our family. Walks, boating, birthdays anHoney boatd holidays, traveling on vacation, our girl has done it all. She’s grown up with my boys – been there to celebrate every triumph and comfort at every defeat. Danced in the kitchen and kisseHoney stocking up Momd away our tears. She’s given us pure, unconditional love.

Honey listens better than my teenagers. She waits for the signal that it’s okay before she eats. She stays in the borders of our yard when she’s let out by herself. It’s nice to have one kid that doesn’t need supervision.

Over the years, five couples have wanted to steal adopt Honey. After having good friends over for dinner, the husband would say good-bye to our girl and whisper that he’d leave the back car door open. All she had to do was jump in. This traitorous event didn’t happen just once, no, he tried to convince her numerous times to run away with him. Thank God she never accepted the offer. Honey is loyal to the core. We settled the matter by making my friends Honey’s Godparents, with visitation rights, then moved to Georgia the following year. Just kidding, Honey’s Godparent’s had almost nothing to do with our moving.

Then, last week Honey’s vet gave us the news I dreaded hearing. Our girl has a tumor. Her cancer can be slow growing andHoney girlI’m glad we have some time left with her. It’s been amazing to watch how many human lives she affected for the good. She reminds us to find joy in the simple things. My life has been richer because she’s a part of it. I’m so grateful for the blessing of my Honey girl.

Wishing each of you know that kind of unconditional love.

Connie Gillam - April 21, 2014 - 9:11 am

Sia-

We had a golden retriever who like Honey was a part of the family. When she died, my husband and I swore we could still hear her bark at night.

Marilyn Baron - April 21, 2014 - 9:13 am

Honey sounds like a wonderful dog and I’m sorry she got that diagnosis. Our dog, Doogie, was amazing, too. She was a Bichon Frise and lived for almost 19 years. She was a member of our family. Everyone said to get another dog after she died, but we didn’t. I usually feature her as a character in my books. Our lives were certainly richer because of her.

Pam Asberry - April 21, 2014 - 9:49 am

I know exactly how you feel about Honey because I feel the same way about my dog Karma. He is 12, give or take, and I don’t know how I will bear losing him someday. Love and hugs to you and Honey!

Sandy Elzie - April 21, 2014 - 10:39 am

Sia,
A very touching post today. We have a cat that has owned us for the past 12 years and quite frankly, we can’t imagine a day without Jack. His personality impacts the entire household…usually with laughter. I hope Honey’s cancer is VERY slow growing…and she remains pain-free.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 10:51 am

Wow, Connie. I hope her barks brought you and your hubby comfort.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 10:57 am

Thanks, Marilyn, Honey’s amazing. 19 years-that’s a long time for a dog. Doogie lived to over 133. We’ve been told to get a puppy. I just can’t even think about it. Not sure if I’ll ever have another dog, but if I do, it’ll be a long time from now.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 11:03 am

Thanks, Pam. What a great name, Karma. You grow attached after 12 years. It’s amazing what these critters bring into our life. Hugs and tail wags back at you.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 11:11 am

Thanks, Sandy. I remember hearing escapades of Jack. He’s quite a character.
The family just wants her to be pain-free for as long as possible. She still has about an hour in the afternoon where she like to trot around the yard and check out her domain.

Walt Mussell - April 21, 2014 - 11:25 am

Sia, we don’t have pets. Both my wife and my younger son have allergies. This absolutely devastates my younger son, who doesn’t give a hoot about his allergies when he has the chance to pet a dog or cat.

Carol Burnside - April 21, 2014 - 4:12 pm

We had 12 wonderful years with our Beau, but still miss him daily. Tabitha (18 – cat) is missed as well. I hate to see signs of age in Murphy and Guinness, our two older dogs, but know it will happen.

I’m so sorry to hear your Honey is approaching the rainbow bridge. Enjoy every day.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Walt, I’m sorry about your family’s allergies. Especially since your son seem to love animals. It doesn’t seem fair, but health comes first.

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 4:52 pm

It’s incredible how our sweet pets worm their way into our heart and leave a hole. I remember you talking about Beau. I hate to see the signs of aging too and chalked some of Honey’s illness to that.
Thanks, Carol. We will continue to enjoy her.

Piper - April 21, 2014 - 8:20 pm

What a sweet dog! My son is an animal person and I can see how easily they can steal your heart! Thank you for your great post!

Sia Huff - April 21, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Hi Piper and thank you. There is something about a boy and his dog. My boys can attest to that.
Thanks for commenting and welcome to PFTH!

Susan Carlisle - April 22, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Sia,
I’m sorry about Honey. When she goes I know she will be missed. The great thing is you have so many wonderful memories.

Sia Huff - April 22, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Thanks, Susan. You’re right-we’ve made some wonderful memories.

Maxine Davis - April 25, 2014 - 10:30 am

Sia, I am so very sorry about Honey Girl. Tillie is 12 and I just dread the day. So glad you have wonderful memories. And remember, she is one lucky dog to have you and your family.

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