Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Run free my girl....

Yesterday afternoon Lady crossed over to the bridge. She began to shut down, her organs attacked by the evil cancer. The last and kindest mercy was necessary sooner that I had planned, but there was no doubt what I had to do for my dear, sweet girl. She passed in my arms, free of her pain, knowing how much she was loved. I will miss her and remember her for the rest of my life.
I can't thank you all enough for your kind words. So many questions and doubts flood your mind as you contemplate the gut-wrenching options. I found strength and light in every one of your sincere messages. As far as blog-land goes, I will always be known as KT and Lady; a lifelong reminder of my first, entirely digital Golden who inspired so many of these pages. Here is one of the many beautiful quotes and thoughts that were sent my way. 

"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 

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.a


Sam said...

Oh, KT, we are so sorry. Our thoughts are with you.

Christine, Aaron, Sam and Monty

Homer said...


Our thoughts are with you and your family.


Amber DaWeenie said...

Losing Lady was losing a piece of your heart. I know the pain you are feeling. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. Lady will be forever watching over you from the Bridge.

The Heartbeats said...

Love and healing thoughts...

from the heartbeats

Sheila and Bob said...

You have our deepest sympathy, God Bless you, Lady is at peace and and will be waiting for you at that wonderful place.
Sheila & Bob
Hamish & Rescue Sophie

A Special Place

You have a special place, Dear Lord
That I know you'll always keep.
A special place reserved for dogs,
To peacefully fall asleep.

A place with fluffy pillows,
And a yard for hiding bones,
With maybe a little babbling creek,
That rushes over stones.

With wide green fields and flowers,
For those who never knew
Of running, playing freely
Under sky of perfect blue.

Lord, I know you keep this special place,
And so, to you I pray
For one oh so special dog
Who came to you today.

She was full of strength and love,
And so very, very wise.
The puppy look she once had,
This morning left hereyes.

She will be dearly missed, Lord,
This special love of mine.
But now, she will romp and play
In your land that's so divine.

Speak to my baby softly, please
With a hug and warm hello.
She’s a special gift to you, Dear Lord
From me - who loves her so.
(Author ~ unknown)

Cyber-sibes said...

Our hearts go out to you. We lost our dear Sherman at age 4 to cancer. He was a husky, but I always called him "my golden boy" , after his beautiful golden-red coat. We had to let him go earlier than planned, too, so we know how it is impossible to watch the one you love suffer so, when they are ready to leave. You gave Lady the gift of freedom.
God bless you, and watch over her till you meet again.

jack, moo, & pat

Sam and Pippen said...

So sorry to hear this news. Thinking of you at this time.

Sam and Pippen

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Sending you Lots of Golden Thoughts n LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

HoundDogMom said...

We are sorry to hear this news. She was a beautiful girl and now that she is pain free. There is a new bright star in the sky tonight that will watch over you. {{HUGS}} Sniffs, The HoundDogs

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Oh I am so sorry! I am going to miss Lady so much!
My thoughts and prayers are with you. You've loved her all the way - especially in your final act of love.
Fly free, sweet Lady!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

KT, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of dear Lady. She was very special and I always loved hearing from both of you. She is free now, totally pain free and will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge when it't time to meet again. Her loss is very hard and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Sierra Rose said...

Such true and brave words. Hold the memories, warmth, smiles and laughs tightly in your heart. Lady was a very special lady, and so lucky to have you.

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

The Bumpass Hounds said...

"You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on" ~ David Harkens, British Poet

The Bumpass Hounds said...

You and Lady shared love, because of you the last chapters of her life story were the happiest that they could have been. She will always be a part of your soul and heart. You made a decision that expresses the ultimate love; Lady's star will shine brightly in the heavens.

The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this – the last battle – can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me ‘til the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its’ last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close – we two – these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
- Anonymous

Mogley G. Retriever said...

So many people have left so many wonderful thoughts and wishes. They show the love and wishes that are flowing your way.

We can only join them and tell you that our thoughts and prayers are with you and Lady.

Mogley G. Retriever

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about sweet Lady. Our thoughts are with you right now!

Elyse and Riley

Kari in WeHo said...

we are so sorry about your loss :(


Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

We are so sorry that Lady had to leave even sooner. Our hearts go out to you. We hope she is beyond the bridge snuggling with our friend the Luke.

Tucker, Daisy and mom Heidi

Casper Bear said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Lady! Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. RIP sweet girl. You will be missed.
Lotsa Licks
Casper Bear

Samantha said...

That is a simply beautiful quote; we ache for you and send prayers and love to you and your family. We feel privileged to have come to know Lady through this lovely blog. RIP sweet girl.
Huge Hugs and Love xoxoxo
Sammie, Avalon, Ozzie, Bill and Miche

Tucker said...

We are so sorry for your loss. It's very hard to let go. Although we've never met our bloggie friends in the fur they are still in our hearts and the loss hurts us all. Our thoughts are with you.

woof - Tucker

JackDaddy said...

Thank you for sharing Lady with all of us.

Aksharaa said...

For some moments in life there are no words.
~David Seltzer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

We weep at your loss and at the loss of our friend, who inspite of being so far away, was a part of our lives.
with love n hugs n prayers,
Ginger, Buddy, Shadow n Mummy too

Charlie said...

I just love the Townsend quote, KT; thank you for sharing it. I'm so sorry for your loss. Lady was a special girl and we will all miss her too.
- Anne

Junior and Orion said...

Khyra alerted us to Lady's passing yesterday, but we didn't make it over to visit. We are very sorry for your loss. Lady looks like she was indeed every inch a lady. We are sending gentle purrs to help you in this time of grief.

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

Run free, Lady, carrying with you all the love that enveloped you.

That is a beautiful quote by Irving Townsend.

The loss is always so great and the pain so deep, but out of it will rise more love and more joy.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Lady.
I lost my Mully yesterday too - so we are united in golden heartbreak!

I hope Mully & Lady meet in the "New Arrivials" section, as Mully doesnt know anyone there.

{{hugs}} to you & yours at this difficult time.

Mr. Pip said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Run free, sweet Lady.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think you know how we feel about this -

We've been honoured and proud to have been a part of Lady's story here -

One day, Khyra will introduce herself in the fur -

Lady sent us an incredible sunset last night - I shared it on FB and will use in on Friday's post -

The Angel The Luke has no doubt showed her all the GReat spots by now!

We are still thinking of you - but you knew that already!

Just forever...just for now -

Khyra and Phyll

1000 Goldens said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Lady was so lucky to have a human like you, who loved her dearly. Take care, we will be thinking of you...

Ms. ~K said...

Oh KT, My heart is aching for you at this very difficult time.
Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
We will miss The Lovely Lady.
With big tears rolling down my cheeks,

Wrigley said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lady was truly a beautiful lady!


Bobbi said...

Last fall we had to say goodbye to my adult son's Golden girl. Kelly was in our arms and left this world feeling our love... and I know the pain. My heart and prayers are with you.

ra husky said...

we came to paw our respects, godspeed Lady, & peace to you all, soft husky woooos,

RA & Isis

Mollys Momma said...

KT, we didn't know Lady as we have not come across your blog before but it is so obvious she was loved not just by you but by many, many residents of Blog ville and she will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers at such a difficult and painful time in your lives.
Adopting a senior is such a wonderful thing to do, even though we know our time with them is limited they bring so much joy into our lives. I know because I have had a senior forever foster and now have two adopted seniors. They have taught me so much, wanted so little and given so much as I am sure Lady did for you. Knowing they are loved, wanted and cared for gives them peace and contentment and security which is all any of us want.

Bless you for loving her
All our love

Momma Tea, Richie & Ronnii

Rachel said...

Oh I know your pain so intimately and I know that the only thing I can say is I am so sorry for your terrible loss. She is a young dog again AND I believe, with my whole heart, that you will see her again... better, healthy and whole.

Wilma said...

We came to offer our sympathy in the loss of your beloved Lady. Ms.K sent us. What a beautiful tribute to your baby you gave the most selfless gift to her, and let her know she was loved right to the very end.

texwisgirl said...

Truly sorry for your loss. I think anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet can feel your pain and empathize. I came over from Ms. K's site too. God bless you. She was a lovely girl...

Sharon said...

So very sorry for your loss.

Jack N Jill

Gloria said...

Stopping over from Dog Daze. So sorry for the loss of your very special friend.

Joanna said...

I heard of your sad loss from Kim at Golden Pines. I am so sad for you, Lady was such a beautiful girl and clearly a dear friend.


Amber-Mae said...

I came to your blog, just about to say our final goodbyes to Lady but she has already gone to the rainbow bridge. So sorry once again & I hope she is now free of pain & suffering. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

bellaboo said...

I came over to you from Dog Daze where I read the very sad news that you have lost your dear and loyal friend Lady.I feel for you so much having lost my golden Bonny after 16 years.Athough this happened 6 years ago,and we now have Bella,she was the first dog I had,she was with me before I got married,and then there was always the three of us(we didn't have any children)..we were devasted when she had to go.Take comfort that you gave her a wonderful life and rewarded her loyalty and devotion.
Sending you big hugs.

Sending lots of hugs and special thoughts and prayers.

Madi and Mom said...

Dear KT...we read about your precious Lady's passing at Dog Daze...Madi and I wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lady is pain free and you are a good and loving owner.
Madi and Mom

Sherry said...

I, too, read about Lady on Dog Daze. I have owned three Labrador Retrievers over the last 26 years. Two of them I have had to put to sleep and now I have Molly. I think only a dog lover who has had to part with a dear animal can truly understand what you are going through right now. May you find comfort in knowing you gave Lady a good home and a good life. God bless you.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

A beautiful tribute to your beautiful Lady.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Thor said...

We're so sorry to hear about Lady. Our thoughts are with you.

Ms. ~K said...

Hi KT, I just dropped by to spend some time with Lady and to read these kind comments. Isn't our Blog World a wonderful source of support? Please know, I wanted to send you a card, and have asked a couple folks for your address, with no luck.
Please accept this heartfelt cyber-hug,

Kris said...

my condolences for your loss =0(

Tucker said...

KT, so sorry this post is coming so late... Mom just read the post about Tanner's passing and now my special Lady Friend... Tears in Mom's eyes... Lady is missed for sure these days, but she is in a much better place. Slurps to you KT, I'm sure you still expect to see her come around the corner. Thanks for rescuing her. Tucker

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