7/12/10

Today, we say goodbye

It's been a long time coming. We've been expecting today for a year. But, knowing it's coming doesn't make it any easier to say good bye to a loved pet. And, today, we're going to say good bye to two.

These are the boys. I've had them for about 12 years. The pics are not new. They're from the old guy's better days. Today's pictures would look sad, and so I'm not planning to take any.
This is Willy. Willy is about 17 years old now. He was a very hard dog to get to know. Abused, he had no trust in people and growled and bit. Rob and I can both remember the first time he came and sat in our laps. We both had to ignore him for a while, and then, he just walked over and sat in my lap. And, when Rob and I started dating, the same thing happened to him. Rob is especially attached to Willy.
And, this is my old Kenny man. Kenny is about 18 and he is a lover. He loves and licks and plays. In fact, he still licks and loves, although he doesn't play anymore. I will never know a more trusting dog or a more devoted one. He was also abused, but instead of it making him angry and bitter, he gave in to a new trust almost immediately after we met.
Today, we say goodbye. And, the aches and pains of old age will be over. And, so will the love and devotion. And, I will miss them.
And, my heart is breaking.
Rob offered to take them in for me...good man that he is. But, that's not how our relationship rolls. We face tough obstacles together. And, we'll face this one together as well. Thank God I have someone in my life like that.
Lane

16 comments:

Cynthia L. said...

I am so sorry to hear that you will be losing your two pups. They were very lucky to have found a wonderful family like yours to care for them and love them. Saying Goodbye is so hard. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Piece by Piece said...

I am so sorry that you are losing your two dogs. It sounds as if these two animals have had a wonderful life with you and Rob. It is so hard to say "goodbye" to a member of the family.
Thinking of you today.
Patricia

Becky said...

Wow....tough day for sure. But what a wonderful life they enjoyed with you and Rob after such terrible treatment! No matter how much you know you are doing the right thing to ease their aches and pains it still hurts you. I'll be keeping your family in my prayers today. Love you. Becky

Rhoda said...

I feel your pain, Lane. We've had several dogs and cats that died or were killed on the road over the years. Our present dog is 12 and not doing well. Every day I wonder how long I will have her. I ache for you today, and you will be in my prayers.

Coloradolady said...

Lane, I almost did not read this post because I surely knew what it was going to say....tears sting my eyes for you guys...My heart breaks too for you and I know you will miss them terribly. We had to say goodbye to a little Yorkie several years ago, it took me a long time to ease that pain and the only way was to have three wieners take over the house...now, I'd not advise on that..but I do know it is hard. Thinking about you today....hugs.

oldbatt said...

My heart is breaking for you today. It just brings back how much I miss my two old dogs that we lost in 2008. We still miss them and talk about how wonderful they were - we will always have dogs but none will ever replace them. I'm so sorry for your loss. Lisa

Crispy said...

My heart aches for your family.....

Gentle Hugs,

Crispy

Patricia said...

I must confess, I really wasn't a "pet person", certainly not one in the house, but Coal has totally changed that. He is my "honey bunny" and I can't imagine not having him. He too wasn't treated nicely, but although a little shy around strangers, he is so full of love and trust, and a little "vinegar" as well :-)---just enough to make him still a zinger! You are in my thoughts today!

Tammy said...

So sorry to read the time has come to say a final good-bye to Kenny and Willy. Dogs are such dear, loyal friends. Who ever said that money cannot buy love has never owned a dog. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Michelle said...

So sorry Lane. Nothing will change the fact that you'll miss them, but you gave them a good place to live their long lives, and no critter or human can really ask for more.

lw said...

I'm so sorry to hear this-- it's so hard to lose such good friends. I still miss every dog I've ever lost; they're all such individuals. But Kenny and Willie lived to be very elderly, you must have taken great care of them, and that type of devotion is really beautiful.

Carol E. said...

My heart is warmed, hearing of the love that you and Rob offered to these dogs, re-establishing their trust. And in exchange they loved you unconditionally. Their loss is very sad. It's becasue you are a fine human being.

Becky said...

OH I so know your heart ache. My dear husband thought I should get some therapy after we had out "Sonny" cat put to sleep. I cried and cried for nearly 2 weeks. We had him for 17 wonderful years; we got him right after we got home from our honeymoon trip so we were deeply attached to him. HEARTS AND HUGS to you all.

Vesuviusmama said...

Lane, I've been wrapped up in my own life lately, and not reading many blogs, and I'm so sorry that I missed a chance to support you during this tough time. I'm hoping that every day is a bit easier and that Bella is filling the void that losing these two companions surely left.

Rita E said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. Those little guys are so cute and I am so sorry for your loss. But I hope your pain is eased with the love and memories that you shared.

Nancy said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear of this loss. In the 11 years I have been on my own, I have adopted and lost 3 senior Beagle or Beagle/Basset boys and the holes in my heart are still there today. I am so, so sorry. ((( )))