November 30th 2009 4:17 pm
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Quite simply, this was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. We spent the whole morning just lavishing Lots of Love on Abby, Big breakfast, lots of strokes and tummy rubs. Secretly, I was hoping that the Vet would not be able to make it. However, she was there at Noon. She validated for us that this was the best for Abby, that the cancer was just traveling throughout her body, and this was the supreme act of love from us. She was amazed that Abby had lasted so long. - It's wonderful what the Power of Love can do. We know we did the right thing, but that didn't make it any easier. And it was over so quickly. That was probably for the best.
Now Abby is wagging her tail at all her new friends on Rainbow Bridge.
My friend Polly has given me some wonderful words of comfort. She said:
"When people tell me they cannot stand losing a pet, I tell them that the Joy they bring us in life Far outweighs the grief we feel when they die. That Joy is great indeed, and I wouldn't miss it for the world."
It has also been comforting to have the support of all our Dogster Pals - More than anything, they have helped us through this with their Love and Caring and Compassion: - Zaidie, Zoei, Simon's Dad Clive, Wyoming Cheyenne and Debbie, Augie, Autumn Angel & Mom, Austin & LouAnn, JoJo Jolanda & Mom, Riley, Miss Honey Pie's Family, The Lafayette Little Rascals, Roxxie, Tater Tots, Gigi, Cherish, Kirby, Tasha, Geordie, Teddy and Layla, Tyler, K.C's Family, Blackie Angel Baby, Checkers, Doo, Girl Dog ExtraOrdinair, bobbi E + The Wolf House, Saphira + Family, Jet, Tramp, Rascal, Crystal, Mr. Barney "Paws", Kappa, Tucker Blu, Maggie Mouse, Coco and the Whole Caring Dogster Family. Love To You All.
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Sweet Abby we're sorry you had to go to the bridge today. We know our angels Sheba, Spike, Miracle, Peppy and Cricket welcomed you with open paws. Dog bless your pawrents for giving you the bestest most wonderfulest home. Mom cried reading your diary entries and copied this poem one of her friends sent her after Spike went to the bridge. Now we are passing it on to your pawrents in hopes it brings a little comfort.
Prayer for Abby
Free now to run and jump and play
Or snooze in the shade on a sunny day.
To sit for hours watching birds in the trees
Or to lie on the porch and enjoy the breeze.
Free from the sickness that made me so weak.
Restored to the dog that I was at my peak.
You made the right choice for me, my friend.
Be at ease with yourself and let your heart mend.
No more vets, no shots, not even a pill.
And while you can’t see me, I’m here with you still.
For though you may think that we really did part
I’m there in your memories, I’m here in your heart.
Zaidie and I r so very sorry for your loss and wanted you to know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. You gave Abby the best life ever and today you gave her the best gift. Rest in Peace, sweet Abby-gurl...
This e-mail is going to be very difficult to type, because I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. I just viewed Abby's You Tube video and read your last diary entries. I wish I could write some profound words of comfort that would make you feel better, but I know all too well that no such words would ease the pain of a day like today. I could tell you that your grief will ease in time, but even as Roxxie is sitting on my lap licking away my tears right now...and, oh! how I love this sweet little furball of a dog.... I am still grieving a little bit for Sunnie, just as I am grieving today for Abby. I could tell you that, in time, you might decide to open your home and your hearts to another pet, but I know you're not ready to hear this just now.
But what do know and can tell you right now, with no doubt or reservation, is that God puts these incredibly special pets in our lives to show us what unconditional love and total trust is supposed to be. I know Abby fulfilled her purpose well...your diary entries are full of the love and joy she brought to your life.
Please know that we will always be here for you. I won't pretend to have words of wisdom, because no mere words will make losing Abby any easier to bear, but sometimes talking to a friend helps a bit.
With sympathy, Roxxie and her mom Deb