Thursday, July 12, 2012

Farewell my Furry Friend

NOT the post I wanted to share today, but I had a strong sense the other day, when I said I would post today, that this was the post I was going to do.
My dear furry friend Spyro has been with us for almost 11 years. I got him in Oct. 2001, after our second child went off to college. The lady I bought him from said he was a year old. The first time I took him to the vet, they said he was 5 or 6 years old. So......he was either 12 or 16-17. Either way, he lived a long life.
I knew he was going down hill fast....and boy, when he decided it was his time, he really went fast. I called the vet on Tues. to schedule an appointment. They had one that day, but I couldn't bring myself to go that day.....yes, Tues. was my birthday, as you guessed in my previous post. They do surgeries on Wed, so the soonest they could see him was this am. He got worse just in those 2 days. I knew I was taking him to the vet for the last time.
She came in & looked at him & kinda went oh no before even 'looking at him'. The first thing she did was look in his mouth. I guess the color of his gums tells a lot. She said they looked real good. She listened to his heart...said it sounded real good, no murmers...
she listened to his lungs....they sounded bad...
She said she would do an X-ray....came back & showed me one & said she had a second one developing...the first one didn't really show much. But oh my...the second one.....
one lung was full of fluid, but that wasn't the real issue. poor Spyro's heart was surrounded by a mass...we could not even see his heart...
She told me I had 2 options & she said she knew I knew what one of them was.....
the other was to send him to Purdue Univ. to have major tests done....
Not an option, unfortunately...
So.....she told me what they would do, how it would be done..she gave me time with him.....
The groomer came in & comforted me.....Lisa has groomed him since I first got him. She always told me how good he was & how much she enjoyed him. Today, while hugging me & petting Spyro, she told me she has never really cared for Poodles, but Spyro was different. She loved him..She said he was not like most poodles she has encountered.
I had a very special friend in him..........he will be sorely missed.
I am SO THANKFUL I stitched a picture of him back in 2008. I will have that memory forever on my wall....
Goodbye my friend.......you were loved by many....
My Spyro.....you will be missed....

45 comments:

Parsley said...

Oh no! I'm so very sorry. The worst thing about pet ownership is the loss and I know this too well. Prayers for peace and a hug from a dog owner who understands. Hugs

Julie said...

I am so sorry for your loss Shari. Spyro was lucky to have you giving him love for the last 11 years.

Sweet Sue said...

Happy Belated Stitchy Birthday Shari. So sorry for the loss of Spyro, he was a beautiful boy. I saved a clipping of fur when I lost my fur baby, maybe you might like to also. Very hard and so sad ~ hugs to you...

Carol B said...

So sorry to hear you lost your dear friend. Every pet owner knows just how difficult that is. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Renee said...

Shari I am so very sorry to hear about Spyro. He was such a wonderfully sweet dog and I know how much he will be missed. Sending you some big hugs today and belated birthday wishes. I know how hard this can be.

Marcy said...

What a lovely little guy he was. It sounds like he had a great life with you.

Vicki said...

Shari, I'm so sad at the loss of Spyro. It is so painful to lose a pet, but the joy of having in them in our lives seems to outweigh the sorrow of losing them. I love the stitched memory you have of him - bautiful.

rosek1870 said...

Shari, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how heartbreaking it is to loose a pet especially when they have to be put to sleep. We had to do that for my Holiday 3 years ago and I still miss her everyday. I have 3 more dogs. Lady Mae is nearing the end. She is 14 and has Cushings and cancer. Bailey is 3 and has a malformed liver. He had a 3 year life espectancey but he is doing well and is the light of my day. His brother Jack is 3 and healthy and happy. Take the time to morn Spyro was one of the family.
{{{Hugs}}}
Rose

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I'm so sorry for you loss, Shari. I went through a very similar experience with our beloved schnauzer and I know how sad you feel. Sending hugs your way.

Cath said...

So sorry for your loss. He had a good life , and you did him the last kindness that you could . I'm sure he would thank you for not letting him suffer . XXX

Denise said...

Oh Shari - not the news I was hoping for. So sorry it had to be this. Hugs to you!

Krista said...

Shari, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.

Lizy said...

Hi,
I'm so sorry about Spyro.

Kaisievic said...

Condolences, Shari, it is sad news. Thinking of you.

stitchinpeanut said...

Shari..... big hugs to you.... I lost my best furbaby girlfriend this year too... itbis so hard. It sounds like Spyro was one of a kind and gave his all to you. What a blessing to you. Hang in there... and hugs from me.

Vicky said...

Shari I am so sorry to hear this. Hugs.

Maggee said...

I felt it coming when I read the other post...So sorry to hear of your loss. You are right to focus on all the good years you had with him--always helps! Hugs!

Terri said...

So sorry for your loss!! Hugs and prayers!

Sandi said...

So sorry to hear about Spyro. Our pets give us such love and joy. I understand your pain at the loss. Sending a hug.

Tina said...

I am so sorry for your loss. But what a lovely crosstitch picture to remember your friend by.

CalamityJr said...

Shari, I'm so sorry. The dogs in our home have always been family members, so I understand your grief. Hope you feel the hug I'm sending!

Carol said...

Oh, I'm sure your home is feeling very empty right now, Shari. It is so, so hard to say goodbye to a dear dog or cat. How well I know... Spyro had a wonderful life with you and I do hope all of your happy memories of him carry you through this sad time... Sending hugs your way!

Rita said...

((((Shari))))

I'm so sorry! I hope that Spyro's memories will comfort you.

Mary Ann said...

I am so sorry, Shari. (((hugs)))

Angela Michaud-Mourer said...

Shari, I am so sorry to hear that Spyro's wonderful life has come to an end. Poodles have a special way of planting themselves in our hearts, and Spyro did that very well for you. He was a very lucky dog, you a very lucky Doggie Mom. In our home, we always say "We give them the best life we can, for as long as we can, and then we let them go," and that is certainly what you did.

Hugs from Angela and Cassy the Mutt and Misty the very special toy poodle.

belle said...

So sorry to hear about Spyro. He was a lovely looking boy.
Sending you {{{hugs}}}

Hazel said...

Awww I am so sorry. There is no pain quite like losing a dog or beloved pet. Thinking of you. xx

Barbi said...

So sorry Shari!!! It's so painful to lose a friend!
My thoughts are with you.

House of Stitches said...

We are SO sorry to hear about Spyro! It leaves a big empty place in our hearts to lose a beloved pet. We enjoyed seeing the birthday party pictures in your previous post. It is hard to believe three years have gone by so quickly! You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Tracey said...

I am so sorry.. I know what you are going through as we went through a similar situation a few years ago with our dog Wolf. Praying for you!

Linda said...

So sorry to hear about Spyro - it's never easy when you lose your furry friends but at least you know what a wonderful life they had with you. x Hugs.

Julie said...

My heart is saddened to read this post,my thoughts are with you Shari.
Love and (hugs) xxxxx

Mindi said...

I'm so sorry, my heart is bleeding for you. Its so difficult to lose a loved member of the family, but I'm sure Spyro is in a happy place right now, behaving like a puppy.

Nancy M said...

I'm so sorry to read this post. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. It was comforting for him to have you with him in the end....as hard as it is for us. You have a nice memento of his with your stitched picture!

Sarah Beth said...

Im so sorry for your loss. We lost my first service dog may 9 and it was horrible. She has cancer. We fought it but she lost the fight two months later. I will be praying for you

Lois said...

Shari, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how much a family pet becomes one of the family and how hard it is to lose that pet.

Mylene said...

I am so sorry to hear about Spyro. ((big hugs))

WendyCarole said...

so sorry to hear about Spyro xx

Anonymous said...

Oh, shari I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved him. Praying for you during this difficult time.

Vicky L said...

I am so sorry of Sypro. I remember you stitching her. I will say a prayer for you.

Cyndi, Don and Lucas said...

Shari, I shed tears just reading your story and this is the first time I have visited your blog. It reminded me of a dog I once had for over 16 years. I took Muffy to the vet and ended up doing the same. It was rough, especially since I had an 11 year old daughter with me. We stayed with her during the process and took her home. Dogs or any pet become family and are so enjoyed and loved. My thoughts are with you.... Cyndi

Margie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Shari. It's always hard to lose a pet bcuz they are not just a pet but part of the family. He was beautiful. (((hugs4u)))

Betty said...

I'm so sorry, Shari! I count my blessings that I have never had to go through this before. I know you are heartbroken. I, too, am glad that you stitched the photo of him to keep with you always.

Anna van Schurman said...

"Some animals, like some people, leave a trail of glory behind them. They give their spirit to the place where they have lived and remain forever a part of the rocks and streams and the wind and sky." ~Marguerite Henry

Condolences.

Kaisievic said...

Shari, I have only just found this post. So sorry to hear of Spyro's passing. So hard to lose a pet. At least you had a lovely long time with him.
hugs, Kaye