This is a letter written to my 18 month old daughter Isabella about her first dog Rocky.
I am writing you this letter to tell you about the greatest dog you ever knew his name is Rocky. Mommy and Daddy got him when he was only three months old. At first your daddy didnt care for him much but mommy knew he had the heart to someday love him. The truth is I didnt know if we could have children and I thought Rocky was a good test. Boy was he ever your daddy and I came to know and love him like our first child he had a very good life he ate well he had the best toys and snacks a dog could ever want he even had his own bed ask your uncle Henry. He was the best dog because he loved everyone and always treated everyone like they must love him. Rocky used to love the park and chasing the ball. Your daddy and I used to take him all the time before you were born. We used to pay your cousin Brianna to watch him when we went on long trips ask her. When you were born and we brought you home Rocky just wanted to smell you and when you started to walk he wanted to smell what food you had but he loved you he kissed your face repeatedly and your feet. You would laugh and giggle back when he tried to steal your food. You would look for him when you were in your high chair because you wanted to feed him and you would laugh as he tried to get the spaghetti from between your legs. You would hug and kiss him all the time that is when I knew you were going to be a caring empathetic human being and he loved and looked for you all the time. You would poke his ears mouth and eyes and even ride him like a horse. HE WAS A GREAT DOG BECAUSE HE LOVED YOU!!
When I would bring you home from somewhere and he was sleeping he would come into the room and smell for you and then leave the room to go rest. We tried to keep your Rocky dog alive for you but he was to sick mommy and daddy couldnt watch him live this way any more he was very overweight, tired and shaky and he was taking a lot of medication everyday that did not make him feel good. His seizures got really bad and we could not control them we could not see your Rocky dog living with the side effects of his seizures and the drugs we were putting in him it wasnt a life. I am so sorry baby!!!He is in peace and I hope you read this one day because this dog was a very big part of your first 18th months of life. He taught you how to Learn Laugh and Love others. I am so sorry baby that we couldnt keep him alive for you but his quality of life had to come first. He left this world sleeping very peacefully right at home. He will always be your little Rocky dog up in heaven looking down at you and I hope you will someday experience the love we have for him in another dog.
Love Mommy and Daddy