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Sam Deans
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Hello, I am Songdog. I create silly webcomics and occasionally make people angry. I also use the word shenanigans as both a noun and verb. Would you like some tea? :tea:

    I had bunkbeds when I brought Annie home. The bottom bunk had been removed and I slept on top. The entire night, she kept trying to figure out how to climb up to where I was. For the next few months, I slept on a mattress on the floor with my dog until we could get a new bed.             

I’ve had Annie since probably before at least some of my watchers were even born. I got her before I turned 12, and I’ll be 26 this year. I had her for 14 years, over half of my life. Most of the photos of me growing up are with my dog. She was not a family dog, she was my dog. Where I went she followed. She’s been all over the state of Florida with me; north, south, east, and west. She’s moved with me to 4 different locations. She was attached to my hip, and followed me from room to room. She slept right beside me every night since we were both little, and when she once hurt her back and couldn’t jump on my bed, I slept on the couch next to her instead. She would come with me on weekends to see my dad, and later as we got older on Sundays for lunch. My dad would make a special plate for her to take home, and when he visited he would bring her table scraps, even though she was afraid of him like she was of a lot of people.

The first week I had her she had gotten loose in the neighborhood when we were away, and we couldn’t find her anywhere. The next day, she had come back and was on our patio. Annie had separation anxiety, and also was terrified of my step dad because of his leg braces. Whenever she heard his braces she’d run through the house barking, so much of my childhood was very noisy. I took her everywhere I could; she loved car rides. We even survived a pretty bad car accident together, after which she was lost on the side of a major road for half a day before we found her in the woods.

She went to college with me. I’d walk her around campus, and I’d take her to the campus field and read while people asked to come pet her. I took her to dog parks and the dog beach, and she’d be asleep the whole way home. I took her with me when I got my first job. I grew up with Annie.  

About two years ago she started having kidney problems. Besides that she was very healthy, so I put her on low protein food. This slowly was taking away her muscle mass, however. She was still able to go on walks and was doing otherwise fine. Then I lost my job las and had to relocate, around the same time my dad passed away. I moved to where I am now, but I live on the third floor. Annie moved with me, but after about 6 weeks, it was clear she just couldn’t handle the stairs. I sent my dog back home to live with my mom during one of the most depressing periods of my life.

She was doing alright for a while, and I adopted my other dog around October. Annie was doing fine but her muscle mass was still deteriorating, and she no longer took the daily walks she had taken almost all her life. A few months back it became clear her health was fading; she couldn’t hear very well, couldn’t see well, and had trouble moving around sometimes. For the past two months we’d been talking about having to put her down. She started to improve for a while, so we said she’d be fine. We’d wait out the summer and see how she did.

Then about a week ago, my mom came home and found that Annie had fallen and was stuck on the floor for probably an hour. She had trouble walking, and had mostly stopped eating. I made arrangements to come home for the weekend, and we called in to schedule her last appointment.

Yesterday I loaded my dog into the car for the first time since I probably dropped her back home, and for the last time in her life. I walked her into the vet’s office, and into the back room. I held her and put my head against hers as they gave her the injection. It was so quick. She lost consciousness almost instantly, and then in just a few short seconds, she was gone. There she was. My baby and my best friend. My childhood, my adolescence, my adulthood. Fourteen years of my life, my happiest and saddest moments; all gone almost instantly. It was done. A long chapter of my life was closed, and lying there on the table. Nothing I can do to get her back. All I could do was tell her I was sorry, and leave the last treat on the table that she didn’t get to eat. I looked back and saw her there, perfectly still, before closing the door. The last time I will ever see my dog. My Annie.

Annie2 by Songdog-StrayFang


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repip400 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey, would you like to do an art trade? I really love your art <3
Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Right now I'm actually backed up on some art trades and prizes from my last trade ^^;
repip400 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
landobaldur Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
greetings from one creative mind to another
Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello stranger?
Scowliiish Featured By Owner May 24, 2016
quick gris doodle because he's my favorite
Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiloveyouplz: He is beautiful.
Scowliiish Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
expect more soon my friend. love your comic c:
Kechireen Featured By Owner Edited May 24, 2016

Hi! Can I ask something? Why didn't you publish requests from last stream? I wanted to save this picture on the computer but just don't found it :с
Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I try to clear out my inbox before uploading stuff, and I just didn't get around to yesterday as intended, haha. It'll be up today, soon as I respond and comment on other stuff.
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