On March 7, 2015, we had to make one of the hardest decisions in our life - to get our 14 year old dog, Faith, put to sleep. Faith was a very intelligent Rhodesian Ridgeback. She loved to play and loved attention from everyone - except small children. She would never bite at anyone, but she would growl at kids and then get up and move away from them. For nearly 18 months prior to Faith's passing, she dealt with our son who was born in September of 2013. The two co-existed, but he could never get too close to her without her growling, that is, until about a week before she passed. In fact, the day we took her in, she attempted to play with him and even gave him a kiss on his cheek.
Several times since Faith's passing, our son will stop what he's doing and call out for "Faiffy" as he called her. He was only 18 months when she passed, and they didn't have a real close bond, so this is very odd for me. Today I am 100% convinced that Faith has come back to be with us. He was playing in the living room, and came running over next to my desk and started calling out "Faiffy, Faiffy!" So I asked him (as I always do) where's Faith? He pointed and said "down there, floor"! So he sat down on the floor, then got up and ran to the kitchen and said "in there, Faiffy"! As if she got up and moved away from him when he sat next to her. He then got very excited and said "Faiffy, CUTE".
He's only 21 months old now, and I wasn't even sure if he would remember his first doggy, but thanks to her coming back to live with us, I'm so happy that he can now have these memories of our beloved, Faith!