Monday, February 28, 2011

Golden Lady of Shoreline

After a session with the Veterinary Internal Medicine specialist and an ultrasound, the news is not good, her condition is grave. She has 3 tumors on her liver and at least one on her spleen. She physically deteriorates every day. It's actually quite shocking. It breaks my heart to watch her refuse food, throw up her water plus stomach bile and waste away. After the almost 3 months of watching Devo waste away from cancer, I made a promise to myself and all of my furture dogs: I'll never let you suffer, because of my own breaking heart. As hard as it is to let Lady go, I just can't allow her to continue suffering from this sudden internal trauma. Thursday afternoon will be the last and kindest mercy for my girl. 

We’ll be spending quality time with Lady the next couple of days. Feeding her cooked chicken, ice cubes and anything else she wants. There will be plenty of cuddling, petting and cooing over her. She sticks very close to me; her eyes following my every move. Many tears have been shed with many more to come. She sure made an impression on everyone she ever met. Like my brother said “she brought so much happiness to our family in such a short time”. I won’t be posting anything for awhile. I’m sure you’ll all understand. I’ll put together a photo slide show and eventually a video tribute to Lady, and post it sometime in the future.

Lady, day one of our life together
May 27th, 2008
Today she is comfortable and protected in the arms of her loving family. This is my first adopted senior Golden. I always knew that her time with us was abbreviated, but no matter how much I expected it, it's a blow to the gut of epic proportion.


64 comments:

Ally and Eclipse said...

I am so so sorry! Tears fall for you and Lady tonight and will in the coming days. You're not alone, give Lady an extra hug from my crew tonight and an extra kiss. She'll be missed. You're in our thoughts during this horribly difficult time.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Just for now -

Not forever

Just
For
Now

In the back of our hearts and guts we feared it might be this but we hoped to be wrong -

Please give her lots of hugz&khysses from Khyra's Golden Khousins - AND from Khyra and me -

You will so be in our thoughts -

Phyll

Charlie said...

I'm so sorry, but what a blessing that she found such a good home with you. And that you're there for her to help her cross. Give her a hug and snuzzle from Charlie and me.
- Anne

Lacy said...

We are soo sorry...one of the hardest things we do is let one of our furkids go...but, when very sick its the greatest gift we can give them..your in my thoughts and prayers...Love to the beautiful girl..

b safe,
the hudson furkids and mama...

Sam said...

Our hearts are with you in this difficult time. You are great people to take on a senior pup, and to know your time with her was short. You have given her the best years of her life - I wish I could reach out and give you a hug.

Christine, Sam's Mom

The Mom of The Luke and The Bleu said...

Oh how I do understand, and how I SO wish that you and the beautiful and very special Lady weren't facing these days...

I send my love. I send my wishes for many tender moments that you each will treasure for Eternity when we are all together again.

with love from The Mom of The Bleu and Our Angel, The Luke

P.S. I am honored that my The Luke holds a special place on your sidebar. From the bottom of my heart... thank you.

Katie said...

I'm so sorry to hear this about your sweet precious Lady. I pray you'll have a peaceful last few days with her. She knows she's loved and what an amazing gift that is to her. I can't imagine how hard this must be. Dog bless her little soul. See you on the other side angel girl!

~Katie, Nugget & Oscar

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

So sorry to hear about sweet Lady. We had hoped for better news. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Hope your last days with Lady give you memories to last till you see your girl again.

Heidi, Tucker and Daisy

Sheila and Bob said...

We know the pain you are feeling is some of the worst imaginable. Their are no words.

God Bless You,
Sheila, Bob
Hamish & Rescue Sophie

A Young Dog Once Again

You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing when your
best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner till the end.
Please, understand just what this gift
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it, too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever-faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
... a young dog once again

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

KT, I've thought of you and Lady several times today. I feel like I've been given the news about my own dog...I have no words right now, only tears....

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Sadden us to read this post ... brought us tears. Sending you Lots of Golden LOVE n Thoughts. Will be thinking of you ... Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Meeka said...

We are very sorry to hear about Lady's condition. It's not the news we were hoping to hear. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Meeka and Meeka's mom

Painter Pack said...

We are so sorry. Regardless of the circumstances, it is always like losing a piece of our hearts. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Godspeed, Lady.

Painter Pack

Amber-Mae said...

Oh my, I am terribly so sorry to hear this. My heart truly breaks for you & your family. I know how hard this decision can be, we have been through this before with our beloved cat. I feel so sad for Lady that she has those horrible tumors in her. I was really hoping it was just some kind of bug in her tummy. Nothing too serious. Sigh.

Hugs.

Melissa, Amber-Mae, Chloe, Faith, River & Megan.

JackDaddy said...

Thank you for sharing Lady with us.

rottrover said...

My angel Allie whom we lost in the same way in 2009 will be waiting to greet Lady at The Bridge. Together they can run free again. My tears are falling for you tonight.

Suka said...

I am so sorry to read of Lady's condition. She is a beautiful dog and it is heartbreaking to read what she, and you, are going through. I wish all of you the best next few days of your lives; days with Lady filled with love, peace, comfort, and an infinite amount of amazing, wonderful memories that will last a lifetime, and more. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Peace.

Suka and K

Keisha said...

What a good doggie. Peace to u and her.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

We came over from Khyra to add our good thoughts to you and the lovely Lady. You have given her such a great gift and she knows it. She will be with you always.

From The Poupounette Gang
in France

Maggie and Mitch said...

We just came from Khyra's blog. Lady is so beautiful! Our hearts are breaking for you.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

3 doxies said...

We're coming by from Khyra's blog.
You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
Spend every moment you can with her.
We are sending you our hugs.

Puddles

Priscilla said...

We read about Lady from Khyra's blog and would like to visit you.
We're so sorry for your loss of Lady, what a beautiful girl she was. Our angel Hana and Laura will be waiting for Lady and play with her at the bridge. Please take care.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We wish we had known Lady before this, but we stopped by to let you know that you and Lady are in our thoughts and prayers. You are giving the ultimate gift of love to Lady. Enjoy your last bit of time together and cherish the memories.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

We read about Lady on Sugar's blog. We are sorry to read about Lady...our human is crying. May Lady run free over at the Rainbow Bridge. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Homer said...

Hi KT and lady,

We just dropped you an email.

Sending you our love and thoughts.

Love,
Homer

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Oh no, my heart is breaking for you! I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am. The old familiar heartbreak...
Please know that I am with you at this difficult time and will stay with you...
My love to you, to Lady and to your whole family.
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

bbes tribe said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Lady. So many care about her and she was so fortunate to have you all to be with and to be loved by. The hardest thing but yet the greatest gift is to let our furiends go sometimes. They give so much to us and ask for so little. You will always have some fantastic memories of special Lady.
Ernie,Sasha,Chica,Lucas & Mom

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We came over from Khyra's blog to wish Lady love and peace for her journey. I wish there were words we could say that would make it easier ~ but alas, losing a loved pet is very painful. Please accept our sincere condolances.

And if I go, while you are still here...
Know that I still live on,
Vibrating to a different measure,
Behind a thin veil that you cannot see through.
You will not see me, so you must have faith.
I will wait there for the time when we can be together again.
Until then, live your life to the fullest.
And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart,. . . I will be there.

BZ Training said...

They never live long enough. :(

My thoughts to you and your girl.

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan."

-- Irving Townsend

HoundDogMom said...

Stopped by from Khyra's blog. We are sorry to hear that your heart is breaking and we just wanted to send you some Paw Hugs. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Sierra Rose said...

Oh Lady, you've touched us in quite a short time. The joy and warmth, and sweet smiles you brought will live forever my friend.
We experienced similar days with our Golden Honey 2 years ago. Paw prints, quiet moments holding Honey, forget-me-not whispers, memories floating in front of our eyes. Cherishing these.
We have you in our thoughts. Blessings.

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose & family

The Heartbeats said...

We are thinking of you and your family. Blogland surrounds you with love during a heartbreaking time that we all have endured.

The Heartbeats

Kari in WeHo said...

We are so sorry to hear this and are sharing out love

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Anny said...

We are so sorry. No words can ease your pain but hope you find comfort in the memories and your last days with her. Our thoughts are with you. May she has a peaceful journey home.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Our heartfelt prayers for strength for you and your family during this most difficult time. We have faced this so many times during the last few years having so many senior dogs in our home. It's hard and it never gets easier.

Remember that all the memories you have stored up will remain in your hearts forever.

Amber's Mom

Cyber-sibes said...

Offering our support, been there too.
Wishing Lady a peaceful passing, trusting that time and her memory will help heal your heart, till you meet again...

Jack & Moo & mom Pat

bigdogzola.com said...

Thank you for your blog and for sharing even some of this time with us..you are reminding us all to be thankful and treasure the present time with our dogs - thank you. Here is a special thought with the sentiment that Lady will be always be with you in the present:
Death is nothing at all...
I have only slipped away to the next room...
I am I and you are you...
Whatever we were to each, that we are still.

Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak it to me in the same way you always used.
Put no difference into your tone,
Wear no false air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect, without the ghost of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident.

I am but waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner.
All is well.

(Henry Scott Holland 1847 - 1918
Canon of St Paul's, London)

♥I am Holly♥ said...

I am so very sorry to hear this heartbreaking news about Lady. I have come to love her in what seems a very short time. Please know that she and all of you with her will be in my prayers and thoughts. Please give her lots of hugs and kisses from me and Holly. Lots of love and hugs to you, Debbie

Ludo van Doggy said...

Hurro. Khyra sent us over and we sorry it under these conditions, but we know it important to be with others who understand so we wanted to come by to give our love and thoughts for you at this hard time. So sorry for you and Lady.
~lickies, Ludo And Mum.

Lacy said...

Came back to let u know we are thinking of u...

b safe,
rocky

Sheila and Bob said...

So Many are thinking of you and Lady today.
Gods Blessings.


Sheila & Bob

Scout 'n Freyja said...

There is never a good time or a right time to say good-bye to someone we love. Lady is now a shining star and in the good company of some of the best and brightest in the midnight sky.

dw said...

I was sent here by Khyra...I am so sorry about Lady! She will be in your hearts forever. It's not goodbye, it's just until we meet again. *hugs*

Bailey Be Good! said...

So sorry to hear the news. Glad that you all found each other. :)

Sending lotsa woofs & hugs to you!

~Bailey

K9friend said...

I'm happy that Lady has been able to spend her final years in such a loving home. Thinking of you...

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

Lacy said...

sad woofs, just saw on Khyra's bloggie that Lady decided to leave for the bridge a day early...ur in our thoughts, RIP Lady, run with the wind..

a sad,
rocky and jodee
bear and angel lacylulu
and mama..

cwpawprints said...

Sent over from Sugar's blog...

I am so saddened to hear you will have to say goodbye to Lady soon. I volunteer for a golden retriever rescue and I want to thank you for adopting a senior dog. I know it is hard because you don't get to love them for very long, but I promise you, the love you have given to her means more to her than you can imagine. Bless your heart for all you've done.

Thinking of you and Lady.

Suka said...

We just read the very sad news on Khyra's blog about your beautiful Lady leaving sooner than expected. We are so very sorry. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Go in Peace beautiful, sweet Lady.

Suka and K

Johann The Dog said...

We are sad for you that the time has come....we are sending our biggest hugs to you. I'm glad you got to spend your time together, so valuable, so cherished and never forgotten...hugs Johann

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Our sympathy to you at the passing of your dear Lady.
xx-
BabyRocketDog & Hootie

Samantha said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about Lady's passing. She touched our lives with so much joy as we'd read, smiling, about her adventures with you. It has been so absolutely clear that she adored you and soaked up the love you gave her. Our sympathies go out to you and your family - she will not be forgotten. RIP dear Lady.
Big Hugs xoxoxo
Miche, Bill, Sammie, Avalon and Oz

Maggie Mae said...

Coming by from Khyra's blog, my mom and me is so very sorry for your loss. You are in out thoughts and prayers.
Run free Lady, run free...

Blessings,
Maggie Mae

Huffle Mawson said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Lady. Just know you did the right thing for her and she knew she was loved.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're so sorry for the loss of your Lady. It's always so hard to let them go. Purrs and tail wags.

Tanuki Maxx said...

Our thoughts and prayers for you.
We share your sadness and loss.

Maxx and mommy

Asta said...

Go gently on youw jouwney bootiful Lady
I'll look fow you in the sa=taws and in my heawt and will see you someday in heaven. My love to youw pawents
smoochie kissses
ASTA

Kris said...

oh my what a though time you guys are going through my heart and prayers are with you all i hope the journey of our cute lady to the bridge will be comfortable and easy for her =0(


Lend Me a Pup


I will lend to you for awhile,
a pup, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and mourn for him when he's dead.

Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe two or three
But will you, 'till I call him back,
take care of him for me.

He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
since all from earth return
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.

I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd's life's land
I have chosen you.

Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take my Pup back again.

I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord Thy Will be Done,"
For all the joys this Pup will bring,
the risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter him with tenderness
we'll love him while we may
And for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay!
But should you call him back
much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.

If, by our love, we've managed,
your wishes to achieve!
In memory of him we loved,
to help us while we grieve,
When our faithful bundle departs this world of strife,
We'll have yet another Pup and love him all his life.

central bark designs said...

I am so sorry to hear about Lady. The last days with Abbey were much the same. She will always be with you - and Abbey has welcomed her at The Bridge.

I know that there will be many tears for many days - please know that there are many people in the blogworld you will never know - who are thinking of you both and holding you dear.

Wendy

Wrigley said...

I am very sorry to hear Lady's time is so short. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Wags N Kisses,
Wrigley and his mom.

TwoSpecialWires said...

We are so sorry. And we ache for you.

With love
Jake and Fergi and Family

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am a friend of Khyra, and I came to wrap my paws around you at this sad time.
I know your heart is breaking... so many of us care

there are no words,, except to say we circle you with love

love
tweedles

Dugan's Humans said...

We know the pain of losing a beautiful friend and share your sorrow. Cherish every moment of these last few hours and know you are doing the best thing for Lady just as she knows that you are.

Hugs and love to you.

MySpecialDoggies said...

Coming from Sugar's blog - we're so sorry to read about your loss of your beautiful Lady. May her memories remain with you always.

Run free sweet Lady.

Quiet woofs,
Nadine & golden Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

the booker man said...

i'm comin' over from miss sugar's bloggie. me and my big sis asa and my mama are so sorry to hear that miss lady had to leave for the bridge. we wish there was somethingie we could woof or do to help make the heartache less. we are sendin' bunches 'n tons of huggles and thinkin' of you.

*woof*
the booker man

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