This is Chester and Olivia at their Nana and Papa's house (aka my parents). I actually had to give Chester away around the same time last year as well, which was equally as difficult. I found a loving family not far from me who have two other Dachshunds. They rule the farm! And he is as spoiled there as he ever was with me.
Sometimes we have to make the decisions that are best, but that doesn't mean they are easy. I have teared up looking at these pictures and writing this story down because I still love "my babies" very much. I miss them every day. When I visit Olivia, she knows I'm still her Mama. And having heard the funny stories my parents tell about her, and having seen the joy she brings to them daily, and also seeing how much they absolutely love her, I know that the best decision was made. I've never had my own children from my womb. Somehow, though, this is as close to loving unconditionally and making sacrifices for my babies as I can get.
And I'm okay with that.