My good puppy friend, Rio, left us today. She had not been doing well and my humans decided it was best if she was given a chance for a happier life. Rio was living with my humans when I arrived here. She was much older than me and didn’t like to play that much but she was nice to me just the same. I’ve never had a dog friend die and it was a sad time when Levi and I said goodbye to her. Here we are with Rio. Even at this point I wasn’t sure what was going on. I just know that my humans were acting sad and Rio was very quiet.
I kept wondering why my humans were so sad. I don’t even know how to be sad cause I’m always happy living here with Rio and Levi and my humans. But my mom was really upset and spent a lot of time just hugging Rio.
Then they all got in the car without me and Levi. I thought they were going for a walk. But when they came back, Rio was not with them. My mom told me that Rio had moved on to a happier place. Then I got sad.
Rio was a good dog and now she is gone. I wonder if my sad feelings now are what humans experience when they have one of their friends leave for a better place. I wish I had been a better friend to Rio. I miss her now. I should have shared my favorite chew toy with her more. I should have let her have the softer dog bed to lay on. I should have shared my puppy treats with her instead of eating them all myself. There’s a lot I would do for her if I had only known.
Humans must feel the same thing that I’m feeling when one of their friends leaves. But I still have happy memories of Rio and I will remember her as strong and friendly and beautiful. Goodbye Rio. I love you.