Thursday, May 6, 2010

Saying goodbye

Today we said goodbye to our sweet puppy. We adopted Carrie (smile) from the humane society 2 months after we got married. She was a scrawny and scared 4 month old pup who was opposed to playing... a trait she never outgrew. She would eat the drywall when left home alone and we quickly learned the advantages of crating. She made the big move with us to Alaska, helped us move into our first house, and welcome each of our children as they joined our family.

14 years later, our sweet Care Bear, has been in constant pain and has been slowly loosing her mind. We have know it was time to say goodbye for a few month but we (OK, mostly I) was holding out hope for one last great summer and then saying farewell before the fall cold set in. Unfortunately, dementia caused her to start getting aggressive with the kids, something she has NEVER done before. we knew then that sooner rather than later was the only option.

Today, Zman, the girls, and I took her to the vet and stroked her soft fur as she gently drifted off to sleep. On the tearful journey home we were treated to a beautiful rainbow right over our house... thanks for that Carrie.

Goodbye my old friend. We'll miss you more than you know!


Maggie said...

She sounds like she was a sweet dog and she was obviously well loved.

D.K. said...

Just this side of heaven is a place called 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....

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Julie said...

So sorry for the loss of your pup. It is such a difficult thing.

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