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
Today would have been Doonesbury’s 3 month check up with his
cardiologist. I was looking forward to his re-check and of course was so
happy that he had made it this far. Unfortunately, he came down with bloat a
few days before.
Doonesbury I am going to miss taking care of you. You were so good & brave
especially these last few months when you were diagnosed with cardiomyapathy.
I want to let you know that the decision to let you go was heartbreaking.
There was no guarantee that you would survive the emergency bloat surgery
and if you did survive it what about the critical recovery time. Could you
survive that as well or were you going to just suffer through the whole
ordeal. How much of your remaining time would have been cut in half by your
existing heart condition and how much worse would your heart condition be. I
had to make a quick decision so you would not suffer. I am still wondering
what if you had made it through and how great it would be if you were here
I miss giving you your routine heart medication. You were so good with
letting me push all of those pills down your throat. You always would let me
do whatever I needed to do like trimming your nails & cleaning your ears &
teeth. You were also good about taking care of your toys. You liked to carry
them around but never tore them up. I will miss your excited prance around
the van when you knew you were going for a ride. I am sorry for the times
that you did not get to go for a ride but thought you were. I will also miss
the image of you sitting on your sofas and who could forget your deep bark.
I never heard a dog with a such a menacing bark. I know you thought you had
a job to do since the other Danes were not up for it.. I can still hear that
bark perfectly right now. I hope I always can. I will also miss your pretty
shaped eyes and your one ear that looked like a comb over and of course your
other ear that sometimes stood straight up. I would not have you any other
way. It is going to be hard moving forward without you. I was so worried
about you these last few months and I know you noticed. I am so glad you got
the extra attention. I am glad that you will never have to be scared or
experience a thunder storm again. I never understood why such a tough guy
like yourself could be so afraid. I am glad I got you the thunder shirt
although you did not get to use it that much. I wish I knew about them
sooner. Doonesbury you were so sweet and well behaved. You deserve the best.
I hope you have found Captain, Jake & Luna at the bridge and that all of you
are content together. For now, I will have to be satisfied with your
memories and seeing you in my dreams.
Love you & miss you everyday forever & ever until we all meet again…
Tina (your owner & caretaker)
Grandma & Grandpa
The remaining Danes: River (your BFF), Mars & Nitron (your housemates),
Crystal & Sky.
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