Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Running for Harry

Harry the dog: 2004-2017.
Harry died on Friday, September 29th.
Rest in peace.
Harry was a laidback, playful, loving and opinionated member of our household, much like his namesake, from the movie "When Harry Met Sally."  To read more about our beloved bird dog, you can find him throughout many of my blog entries.

While caring for Harry, who died last week at 13.5 years old, after suffering from lymphosarcoma, we found ourselves becoming Canadian in many ways.

On September 26th, the Professor and I became Canadian citizens.  We're now dual citizens (US & Canadian) as our twins were all along, since they were born in Canada to parents who are U.S. citizens.  Or, in their words as they explained it to a vet tech friend at the animal hospital,
 "On Tuesday, Mommy turned Canadian."

On Friday, I went to school early to pick up the boys to be with Harry. We all wore orange for Orange Shirt Day to support reconciliation, because every child matters.

I participated in the boys' Terry Fox Run, which helps raise money for cancer research.  I walked, holding hands with several kids who needed a breather as we went around the school fields.

Every kid wore a sticker.  This is what one of my boys wore.

Thank you to everyone who has ever laughed at Harry's antics here on the blog, or played with him in person, or greeted him at our front door---for helping us celebrate Harry's life.  We miss him very much.

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Blogger Freyalyn said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Harry - he was a wonderful dog. But you gave him a lovely life, and you can know that you did your best for him.

October 4, 2017 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Thank you so much, Freyalyn. We are all still adjusting here. It has been a complicated time...new school for the kids, new citizenship for us, and this big loss. I really appreciate your response, I think you have been reading about Harry for a long time, it feels like you met him, too.

October 4, 2017 at 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Harry, but as Freyalyn said, you gave him a wonderful life. Your boys will always have good memories of him, which is priceless.

Great news about the dual citizenship!

October 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Thanks so much for your note, Nina...I appreciate your kind words about Harry. I do think he lived a good life, and you are right about the kids, they will have great first memories of their dog, which is very meaningful!

Yes, we are excited by "turning Canadian" but it came at such a weird moment...sometimes it is hard to concentrate on one thing at a time!

October 7, 2017 at 8:31 PM  

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