Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A sad day and a birthday do-over.

We've had some special family birthdays recently. My oldest son turned 21 at Christmas time, my grandmother celebrated her 91st birthday two weeks ago and this week my niece turned 15. My hubby also had his special day amidst all the others.

Unfortunately it was also a sad time along with the good. Our cocker spaniel Boo had been slowing down the last few weeks. At the age of 15 that was expected but except for his weakening eyesight and becoming hard of hearing he was always so spry. He really started to fail quickly two weeks ago and I played round-the-clock nurse maid. I slept on the couch next to his blanket/bed in the family room for four nights. I would think it was his last day and then he would rally back and be more like himself. One day there was no rallying back and it just happened to be on hubby's birthday. We just kept Boo comfortable and loved him up until it was over. Even the other two dogs knew what was happening. I've buried a lot of pets over the years and it never, ever gets easier. Of course I bawled like a baby but my guys all rallied around me. (Probably because they can't stand to see a woman cry.)

So happy birthday to my family, especially to my hubby. I'm sorry it wasn't the happiest day and I was so distracted but thank you for understanding. And I promise there will be a birthday do-over. Although he never complained it's just not right for such a special guy to go without one day that's all about him. He's very, very deserving.

20 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry about Boo. The loss of a pet is very hard. May he rest in peace.

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  2. I'm sorry you and your family had to say goodbye to Boo. It sounds like he was a wonderful dog. Sending you a hug.

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  3. So sorry to hear about your poor pup. I know what you mean about it never getting easier, especially when they've been with you for so long.

    Happy birthday to everyone, it sounds like you have a wonderful family.

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  4. I'm so sorry about Boo. Pets are part of the family, so it's so hard when you lose them. Our dog is 14 and I've been trying to savor every day with her.

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  5. Happy Birthday to your fam. I'm so sorry about Boo. Nothing harder than losing such a beloved member of the family.

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  6. It's hard to lose a beloved pet. I'm crying right now just thinking about it. I pray your family will continue to rally.

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  7. Debbie, I'm so sorry about Boo. My heart is breaking for you. Our furbabies are huge parts of our family and losing them is heartbreaking. Big hugs to you.

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  8. I'm so sorry about Boo. Losing a pet is so hard. I'm sending many warm fuzzies your way!

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Boo. I grew up with a buff-colored cocker and boy, she was a sweetheart.

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  10. Thank you everyone! It never is easy losing a pet.

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  11. I am very sorry about Boo. We lost our 13-year-old dog, Gypsy, just a couple of weeks ago, so I understand how you're feeling right now. Take care.

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss!

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  13. I've got a few tears here for Boo :( I'm so sorry. And I'm sure that your husband understands.

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  14. Thoughts and prayers are going out to you - along with cyber hugs. I am so so sorry for your loss. Our pets are so very precious.

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  15. So sorry for your sad news.... I send you hugs.

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  16. So sorry about Boo. Sending you condolences. I love dogs and I really felt a tear reading your post.

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  17. I'm so sorry for you and yours loss. Our fur babies are just that, our babies. :( He was a beautiful dog!

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