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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

9:40 P.M. The End of the Life of A Dear Doggy

Tonight at 9:40 P.M. MDT Tinkerbell our little poodle was losing a fighting battle with age and pain and she softly took that step out of this world into doggy heaven.  She was having difficulty breathing and she was crying in pain. We rushed her to the vet and she had an x ray revealing several broken ribs and fluid filling her lungs. The emergency surgery would have cost $4,000 and they did not feel she would survive. So my brave pooh girl held Tink in her arms as they sent her out of this life.

I am so sad. I am glad I wrote my silly post today for my Alphabe Thursday because it made me smile and now I want to cry. The week was difficult. A very dear and estranged friend Michelle, age 47, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday. I will blog about Michelle soon.

Monday we will celebrate the 14 years Tinkerbell lived with us. The day she moved into our lives she climbing into our bed and when my husband was ready to retire he looked up and Tink was on his pillow looking at him as if to say "What? I feel safe here!"

We are sad because we could not afford  to take her ashes home with us. They told us they would mix them with other pets and spread them in the mountains. So we are trying to find some peace with it. The bill was outrageous for oxygen, the x ray , morphine and the shot to put her down as well as the cremation. But we did what we could afford to do and we know our little doggy dear is at peace. I am posting a poem here and then I will sign off. God Bless You  all!

      The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

-- Unknown

25 comments:

Coloradolady said...

As I wipe the tears from my cheeks, please know I feel your pain. I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Tink....it will not be easy in the next few days.
Goodness, this type of news grips my heart to no end....I am thinking about your family and again, so very sorry. No words are enough.

Linda said...

My dear friend, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Tink. I have tears and can only imagine how sad you must be. I am thinking of you and your family and sending you loving hugs!

Mami said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.It must be hard time for yourself. Sending big hugs!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a family member.

Julie Schuler said...

Rest in peace, little puppy dog :(

Birgit said...

I am sorry for your loss -- I know how much it hurts...

A comforting hug,
Birgit from Munich, Germany

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Please have peace with your precious baby's ashes spread with other dear pets in the mountains...a most fitting and beautiful place for our rainbow friends to also be at peace. I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet Tinkerbell; she was a special girl beyond words.
Sending you blessings and hugs on this difficult day,
Coralie

CosmopolitanCherry said...

jump over the rainbowbridge and if you are on the other side, send greetings to my Blümchen and tell her that I love her.

- run free -

Svenja

The Happy Homemaker said...

Oh, Anne.I am so sorry.It is such a hard decision, and only someone with love in their hearts for a dear pet can appreciate just how hard.I am sorry that you were not able to keep her ashes, but her spirit and her memories are yours forever.I know you are hurting and I'm praying for your comfort...

Annesphamily said...

Thank you all for your kindnesses. The thoughts and prayers are so good for our hearts. I hope each one you is richly blessed my the Lord today and always. Anne

stefanie said...

I am so sorry for your loses!!

Brenda said...

So sorry for your loss of your dear doggie. What joy they bring to us as they capture our hearts and become our frined, companion and child. praying for you today.

Jules said...

I am so sad for you and your family. The loss of a loved one is hard, especially when that loved one is a pet. Have comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain and thankful to you for showing the ultimate kind of love.

My heart is heavy and goes out to you.

(((hugs)))

Parsley said...

I can't read the poems as our own loss is still so fresh but I did read your post.

My gut told me something was terribly wrong but I am surprised at the broken ribs. Poor frail little baby :-(

Know I care and understand Anne. I will be praying God's peace covers you.

Tink will like old Henry up in Heaven. He was always so gentle and cuddly with our little dogs. They will be the best of friends!

HUGS

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

My heart goes out to you... I'm so glad she was held, when she went to sleep for the last time. I did that with my kitty-cat.

Gentle hugs...

Jenny said...

Dear Anne, I am so sorry. Hugs and prayers surround you and your family. Tink sounds like she was a lovely and special member of the family! I think if you listen very carefully you will hear her happy bark and she runs through the grassy fields of Heavens! Hugs and friendship.

Claudia said...

Oh, I am so sorry. Your sweet baby was loved by you and your family and she gave boundless love in return. I know how painful this is. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

xo
Claudia

someplace in thyme said...

I am so sorry to come in here and read of your loss. My heart is breaking for all of you. On the bright side, just think of romping thru the beautiful mountains with lots of companions by your side, playing and barking up a storm. That's sounds like a great afterlife to me. You are in my heart and I hope your pain doesn't last long, but gets replaced with wonderful memories you will carry forever, Char

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Anne, I posted to you on facebook last night..needed to gather my thoughts sweet friend.
We knew it was coming, it doesn't make it any easier does it..But Tink is whole and healthy and I am in agreement with Parsley and Svenja, I think Tink, Henry and Blümchen are all hanging out along with my Missy, Daisy, Casey, Sandy and Lindley, and all the other pets who have passed before us..
Each day gets a little bit better, keep the good memories..love you

Chatty Crone said...

I am so very sad for you. What a couple of losses for you in such a short time. I'll say a prayer for you guys tonight. sandie

Intense Guy said...

It is never easy to lose a precious family member.

And to celebrate her life, allow those memories of the good times together find a place a lasting place in your memories...

She wouldn't want you to be sad - she spent 14 years loving you.

JCWillow99@gmail.com said...

I am sorry for your loss..May the memories and love in your heart bring you some comfort.

jen said...

Oh Anne I am so sorry for your loss. Putting our beloved pooches to rest is one of the hardest things ever to! but just think shes running around and pain free now!
Big hugs to you and your phamily :)

luvs and glitter
~jen

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh...my heartfelt condolences! How difficult it truly had been to see your sweet puppy hurting and such a difficult decision.

And to have just experienced the loss of your friend just days earlied... comfort and peace to you all.

Blessings & Aloha!
(I completed a drawing order for another whose beloved poodle passed away after 13 years...so, so difficult after so many years of unconditional love!)

Shirley said...

I'm crying here for you all. It takes a lot of braveness to give that last loving gift. I know! I love animals so much and you are in my thoughts.