Friday, April 22, 2016

So Difficult to Say Good-Bye

Yesterday we had to say farewell to our good and faithful companion Shadow.

What I thought was merely a swelling from a bad tooth turned out to be inoperable and untreatable  bone cancer of her jaw. I was completely blindsided as she had absolutely no symptoms nor signs that she was sick. I brought Shadow home so that she could have one more amazing day doing all the things she loved with her best friends. We went for a nice long walk in the woods and she swam for as long as she wanted in the pond by our house. She chased her ball with River until she was tuckered out and I fixed a hamburger patty just for her for dinner, an unheard of indulgence of people food.

She died peacefully in my arms.


Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.

—Milan Kundera

15 comments:

  1. My heart is sad for you. I've had to say goodbye to several good dogs over the years. It is the last kind thing we can do for them. Hugs. RIP Shadow - pretty girl.

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about Shadow. I hate that our pets get older and leave us. I think we'll see them again one day. For now, you'll have a hole in your heart. Shadow knows how good you treated her. She had a wonderful life with you!

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  3. Good Afternoon Patrica, Oh I am so sad to hear that the lovely Shadow has passed on. I could say to you that you gave her the most wonderful last day of her life, in the hope that it will make you feel a little better, but I know those words will not change how you feel.
    So instead, I am sending you my love and best wishes.
    As Always,
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  4. I am sorry for your loss, it is so true what great companions they are to us humans. Her picture shows she was a very attentive dog and loved you I am sure just as much as you loved her.

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  5. Oh Patricia, I am so so sorry for your loss. Sounds like you gave her a wonderful life and a perfect last day. So sorry, my heart goes out to you. Shadow - RIP.

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  6. :( I'm so sorry. Our fur babies teach us so many good and wonderful things. I know you will forever feel his love.

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  7. I am so sorry. The beauty of the love you shared with Shadow has me in tears. Every pet should be so fortunate. I am one of those who believes we will see our beloved pets again - in a place "with no sorrow or tears." Her last day here with you was perfect - your final farewell to your faithful companion.

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  8. It's so hard to loose someone that loves us unconditionally with all their heart. sorry for your loss.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Shadow. Our cat Lilly fell victim to the same thing, cancer in her mouth. She went peacefully in the arms of our youngest daughter whom we had actually adopted Lilly for when she was just a kitten. They grew into young ladies together and her passing was a very sad time for our family. The love of a pet for the humans in its family is unconditional and forgiving.

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  10. Oh, Patrica, I'm so sorry to hear about your wonderful Shadow. How sad life is at these moments as we struggle to understand why these things happen. ….please take care, and hugs sent your way.

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  11. So very sorry to hear about Shadow. Always a difficult thing to lose a pet. I hope River is doing ok.

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  12. Oh, my friend, you have my deepest sympathy. I'll say a prayer for you all.

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  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. I think one of the hard parts about losing a beloved dog is that they have been so constantly in our homes, there when we walk into a room, there when we come home, there when we eat. Blessings to you.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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