Post # 1
Hive, I am devasted right now. My dog George is really sick and the vet doesnt know if he is going to make it thru the night. He is such a wonderful dog and has so much energy I forget hes 14 and I should have seen this coming. But I didnt and now it appears he may have kidney failure….
He has been the most wonderful and loyal dog, we adopted him from a shelter over 10 years ago and immediatly out of my 4 siblings he and i bonded the most. They told us he was a pure springer mix….. yea… not a chance hes a springer basset hound for sure. He was found in pretty bad shape but we took him in and he was just the best dog any one could ask for.
My fiance and I had just moved out of our house a month ago and i went back up every week to see my dogs (we have 2 george and jack) George has always been my buddy, my little love log as I call him as as soon as he came to be with us he did put on some good and albeit chubby weight. Imagine the liver color of a springer with the stubby legs of a basset and youve got my wonderful baby.
This caught me so off guard bees, I am not ready to say good bye yet…. I know hes lived a wonderful and full life but I still want him here. I had always pictured him as our ring bearer in our wedding and it looks like that just wont happen.
My heart is crushed bees….. just needing some love and support as I say good bye to my best friend….
Post # 3
@MissXray: I am so sorry to hear this. I can only imagine how hard this is. My little guy is just about 11 years old, so I know that for me this will be the future and it’s so tough to think about.
Just know that you gave him the best thing ever-a loving home and his life! Spend as much time you can with him and know that he will leave this world a happy dog because of what you gave him.
I’m not the best with words, I don’t think..but i hope this helps. Again, I’m so sorry.
Post # 4
@LavenderBride24: Thanks so much, your words are full of comfort and while its hard to let go I know I have to. Just always so hard to say goodbye no matter how old or young they are.
Post # 5
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
Post # 6
@hiroshymatetrastar: That is so beautiful, thank you for posting!! i am gonna need to get another box if tissues for this!
Post # 7
@MissXray: It makes me bawl.. every.time.I.see.it.. and.. I’ve read it 100x… I hate to see me the day my bird goes.. He’s getting so old :-
Post # 8
@hiroshymatetrastar: its so hard to let go, i didnt even see it coming nor did anyone in my family usually we have an idea and we get to prepare and usually we adopt another dog to help with the transition but this time we were all blinde sided and i admit im selfish and dont want to loose my little guy I love him to much and I want him here.
Post # 9
@MissXray: I know this sounds SOOOOO typical, but, just remember he won’t be hurting anymore… That’s what I had to tell myself when my cat died.. Nobody knew it, she didn’t show it, but it turned out she was riddled with cancer 🙁 — your dog will be missed, I’m sure.. I’m also sure that you will find peace one way or another.. Perhaps a dog with you and FH (DH?) to have together would be a good way to help you heal?
Post # 10
My dog is 10 and average life span for his breed is 12-14. I know when the day comes he will have had the best life I could give him! He had warm places to sleep, plenty of stuff to sniff, yummy food and treats, long walks to nice places and lots of doggy friends. That is a comfort to me even though I know it won’t be easy. I’m so sorry this is happening. What a lucky dog to have such a caring person like you in his life.
Post # 11
*hugs* I cant imagine what you’re going through.
Post # 12
I am a vet tech, and this makes me cry everytime I read it because it is the truth on advocation. I do believe that in many cases it is the kindest thing you can give back to a loyal fuzzy family member.
Will you be there for me?
I remember the day when we first met,
the day you chose me as your pet.
You have fed and cleaned and cared for me.
I have been a better friend than any human could be.
You have given me rides in the car and walks in the grass,
New chew toys and puppy class.
You have shared your dinner and shared your bed.
You have given me baths and put bows on my head.
I have watched over our family and guarded our yard.
It was my pleasure so it was not very hard.
I have been making you smile for many years.
I have kissed your face and tasted your tears
Have you noticed lately how I have aged with grace?
I am getting clouds in my eyes and gray in my face.
It is harder to hear you and harder to see.
And sometimes I cannot make it outside to pee.
We both realized someday we would part.
But my memory can always stay young in your heart.
I have been the best friend I could possibly be,
so in the end will you be there for me?
If you need to decide when my passing is due,
Please be there for me as I was for you.
Stroke my ears and tell me how good I have been,
And how we will see each other some day again.
I know how sad this day will be,
But, thank you my friend,
For being there for me.
Post # 13
@MissXray: I really wish I knew what to say that could possibly be of any help here. I had a beloved dog myself and after seventeen years of companionship, she died in my arms at the vet clinic. It was by FAR the single hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and I still cry thinking about it sometimes, but when you really love someone, you do whatever it takes to be there for them and to ease their suffering. There truly is no easy way to say “goodbye” and I wish with all my heart that we didn’t have to say it at all, but as pet owners, one of the first things we must accept when we adopt them is that their llifespan is very limited, much more so than our own. The thing to remember is that these pets, despite their shorter lifespans, manage to give us such wonderful gifts of love and devotion that a lot of human beings are simply not even capable of. My dog was honestly the best and most devoted little friend that I ever had–she slept with me every night and went everywhere with me, but beyond that, she was always there for me whenever I needed her and never left my side whenever I was sick or sad. A relationship like that is truly special, and lucky are those of us who get to experience it, even if we do have to give it up someday. Be there for your dog and do all you can for him while he still lives, and when he passes on, I hope you find comfort in the fond memories you’ll have of him. I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I wish I could change it for you.
Post # 14
I don’t know if this will help at all, but I thought maybe I should add this little story of something that happened to me this Christmas. I still think about my dog every day and some days are sadder than others. After a few particularly bad days, I was shopping for a Christmas gift for my husband, and even though I didn’t find what I was looking for, I bought something for someone else, and at the check-outcounter, I found a little basket filled with coins that had angel dogs on one side and the words “ALWAYS WITH YOU” on the other side. I bought one of those coins because just seeing them filled my heart with so much peace at that moment and I felt the first connection with her since she died. I don’t know if you believe in an after-life or not, especially for animals, but even if I didn’t (I do), it helps me to remember that she really IS always with me because I carry her memory in my heart just like I carry that coin, and she’ll always be a part of me–I am the person I am because of her love and friendship. I’m sure you feel the same way about your little buddy. 🙂
Post # 15
Wow I need a box of tissues too! I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. It’s hard to let go, especially when we often see our pets as members of our family.
I have a cat that is 13 years old now. I’ve had him since I was a teenager and I know that when it is his time it is going to be really hard for me. We’ve been through so much together — so many apartments, ex-boyfriends, those days when I used to live on my own.
Just know that you have given your dog so much love over the years. He’s lived a happy, full life and so many pets (or even people!) in this world will never know love or comfort like that. My thoughts are with you!
Post # 16
@MissXray: I am so sorry.
As an animal lover, and owner of two dogs. I know how hard this is for you. I lost my little Porkchop five years ago, and I still think of him and cry sometimes.
Try to remember how many good years you have had with George. I think animals have a sense and they know when it is time. Just be with the little guy to the very end, he may be sick but he will know that you are there with him.
I wish I had some magical words to make you feel better, but I don’t. But I am sending all kinds of hugs to you and George.