Giant Dipper, Tilt-A-Whirl, Cliffhanger: My ride with my dog Cleo
Having a senior dog for the first time will leave a mark, but I wasn't expecting the repeated bruising from our time together. I don't like roller coasters but I swear I have been living on one of these wild rickety machines for years now.
Giant Dipper. Don't get me wrong, I expected both happy and sad emotional bumps from having a dog in my life, but the deep love I have with my dog has been met with scary lows, the type usually experienced in an amusement park. A place I avoid.
Tilt-A-Whirl. This ride I've been on first sent my emotions flying with Cleo's diabetes diagnosis, then sent them shooting to the sky after we identified her allergies, changed her diet and she returned to her frisky alpha self. We had a smooth period for a short time before we were thrown down another valley early this year when Cleo had a seizure. We've been struggling with neurological issues for months.
Cliffhanger. I may dislike roller coasters but if I was at an amusement park today, I would stand in line again for another ride with a dog. Cleo has convinced me that the thrill of having a dog in your life is not to be missed. Sure it's scary but you shouldn't be afraid of what will happen next. She reminds me to let go of the fear of being out of control. As our time together winds down, and the ride nears the end, I will always have one permanent souvenir.
There is now a tattoo etched on my heart of the name "Cleo", and I will always be grateful that it can't come off, nor disappear like an old bruise. It will change forever how I view amusement parks. Now when I drive by one, the screams I hear in the distance will remind me of the thrill ride that I've had with my dog Cleo.