Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Saying good bye to my dog

I'm getting divorced and moving to New York.
I started writing a new blog — both for the therapy of writing my way through all of this and to give the folks in my life here in Michigan a way to keep tabs on me while I get started on a new adventure in the big city.
It's been a while since I've posted here. First, adjusting to a new job. Then, wrapping my head around divorce and the awfulness of saying good bye to the dog that has always been the muse for this blog.
For the time being, I'll continue to post here every once in a while. There will be a dog in my life in New York and either way, I intend to start volunteering at a shelter once I get settled.
So there will be dog stories yet to come. And with or without Sensi, my love for learning about canine behavior will not be dampened.
In the meantime, here's an excerpt from my post about why I'm leaving my dog. Follow the link to read the entire thing.

Truly loving dogs, especially your own, means making sure that your decisions are based on what is best for the dog and not what is best for your own emotional wellbeing.
I’m not an idiot, though. I know Sensi is going to be depressed without me. Animals have emotions. It’s so much harder to think about the story of Hachi now.
This isn’t a situation where I can have it both ways — decide what’s best for him and not hurt him in the process. Whether I bring him or leave him, I hurt him. The decision left to make has to be based on what hurts him the least.


  1. I wish you all the best while you are embracing this new chapter in your life. Separating from a long time partner is always difficult and this is even more complicated when there is a pet involved. I commend you for putting Sensi first and hope that you both find true happiness.

  2. Karen, I wish you the best of luck in your move to New York, your new job, and in all of the changes coming with the divorce and having to leave Sensi back in Michigan. I know it is all tough and none of it was done without a lot of thought. Take care.