Baër was the sweetest loving dog anyone could ever ask for. He was a true gentleman. When I was 19, I was attending New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. It was winter and there was an ad in the paper for puppies in New Hampshire. I grew up with dogs and I needed one in my life, so I took the long drive into the sticks to get one. When I got there, there were so many puppies jumping at me. I looked in the back and there was a little tiny black fuzz ball. He was quiet and when we made eye contact I knew he was the one. I held my arms out for him and he walked right up to me and I scooped him up. It was love at first sight.
We spent the last 11 years doing everything together. We traveled the east coast living in Vermont, Florida, South Carolina and Massachusetts. When I had my son in 2012 he wasn't too thrilled, but they soon became best friends. It was brother love that would melt your heart. He was our everything.
In the summer of 2021, he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. They said he wouldn't make it more than 6 months. We were devastated. I gave him the best care and all of the love. He eventually got worse as the months went on. I had to carry him up the stairs and he stopped sleeping in my bed. It was heartbreaking and it hurt. I knew he was suffering. On December 20th, I had to make the decision to end his suffering. I cooked him a fat steak, gave him a bowl of vanilla ice cream and held him until it was time. It was awful and I cried for weeks. It's gotten easier, but it still hurts everyday. I know he's in a better place and I will see him again. 💜