Coping with pet loss || Grief and pet loss ||
Pet loss and grieving
A loved one is
never truly gone until they are forgotten,
...to live in the hearts of those left behind is to live forever!
IN LOVING MEMORY
November 23, 1999 to July 22, 2009
My beautiful, sweet girl Elvira had to be put down due to bloat. She was
almost 10 years old. Her hind end had been going for a long time – her
spindly “spaghetti legs” weren’t working too well anymore. I had to use a
log carrier under her belly more and more often to help her get up the
handicap ramp. But she was fine on level ground. She enjoyed her food and
never messed in the house. I thought she was showing beginning signs of
bloat a few weeks ago – late at night. She and I had a long talk and decided
not to have the surgery done due to her age and frail condition, but she
pulled through, thanks to the Gas Ex I believe. Went to the vet the next day
and had all kinds of blood work done. The vet said the results showed she
was in remarkably good health for her age and didn’t have any problems other
than old age. But she was down to only 114 pounds.
When I came home from work yesterday, she wasn’t with her brother and sister
begging to go to the dog park. I found her standing outside and immediately
knew what needed to be done. She wasn't in pain, so we laid on the thick
green grass outside the vet’s office and talked about how special she was.
The vet was very gentle and Elvira died in my arms. She is buried at home
with a beautiful rhododendron to mark her grave. Her brother, Pilot, laid
right on top of her grave today. He’s young but understands what happened.
Elvira’s sister, Sassy, is almost 7. It is so painful to lose them. They are
all so special. She was extra special to me and I’ll miss her dearly. Rest
in peace my pretty girl. I'll never forget you.
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