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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday Thoughts - In Loving Memory


Yesterday was a very sad day in my house. Our 16-year-old dog, Maili, has been suffering from debilitating arthritis for a long time, but it got worse this year. She was hardly able to walk any more and frequently fell down when her back legs gave out. So my husband and I made the difficult decision to put her to sleep.

The vet came to the house, gave the old girl a sedative to calm her and make her sleep, then injected her with the barbituate that stopped her sweet little heart. It was so sad to see her go, but her passing was peaceful and we had a chance to say our last goodbyes.

She can never be replaced, but we will be getting another dog soon to fill the empty holes in our hearts that she left behind. We have a lot of love to give and look forward to sharing it with a dog needing a home and some feline pals to play with. We've already looked at pictures of available puppies online from the state shelters and that made us feel better.

Give your pet a hug today. You never know how much time they have left on this earth.

9 comments:

amybai said...

So sorry about your dog, Karen - it's so heartbreaking to lose a furry family member.

Karen Duvall said...

Thank you!

Anna the Piper said...

Ouch, I'm sorry to hear that. Condolences. I had to put a beloved kitty down in January 2007; that kind of thing is always hard.

K. M. Walton said...

Karen - my heart is with you and your husband. That is a very hard decision - had to do it once myself. I send you vibes of peace.

Jen said...

So sorry for your loss.

It's so nice that you're considering adopting from a shelter. Good luck!

CJ Harley said...

I'm sorry for your loss. It's a very hard decision to put your furry friend to sleep.

Suzanne McLeod said...

Many, many hugs, Karen. I'm so sorry, it's always such a horrible time when one of our much loved companions passes on ...

Courtney said...

Awe *hugshugs* I know what you're feeling..I lost my 20 year old kitty this summer to multiple organ failure, and we've adopted two rescue kittens since. I hope you find a wonderful match at the shelter! It's impossible to replace a family member like that, but puppies and kittens do a pretty good job at patching up the holes in your heart =)

me said...

So sorry about Maili. I've had to do that twice, and know how heartbreaking that is. First one had arthritis...same thing...and yet the day we brought her to the vet to be put down, she strutted out like a puppy. Almost changed my mind, but I think she just knew, and was ready. My heart goes out to you, it's so hard to lose a family member that gives such unconditional love! May you find another new puppy eventually that will fit your family in a whole new way.