It's been two years...

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
It's been two years...
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Mon, 10-14-2013 - 5:05pm

Today is two years since I lost my beloved dalmatian ^Samantha^.  She was the sweetest dog ever...and even though she was a bit stubborn, DH and I loved her from the day we brought her home.  We had her from the time she was 11 weeks old, and she was over 16 years old when e lost her.

Even up to the last few months she would still get excited when she knew DH was taking Cleo to the Dog Park; she would walk around very slowly sniffing everything, and when the other dogs were running around she would stick close to DH.

We still miss her terribly....my "Baby Girl"....

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2002
Mon, 10-14-2013 - 5:20pm

I honestly know how you feel. I'd like to slap the person that invented this terrible grief emotion!! I have never experienced such prolonged sadness in my entire life!

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 10-15-2013 - 10:32am

I know how hard it is....and I have the added "guilt" because there were times when I know I became frustrated and did take it out on ^Samantha^, as with the other dogs I had before.  I also know that I was the one left to clean up messes after a long day of communting and working, being the one who cleaned, cooked and kept the house going....  In the last few months we had Samantha, when she became completely incontinent, we also had to contend with Hurricane Irene where we had no power for almost a week.  So those loads of towels where she urinated had to be brought to my Studio in Virginia Beach to be washed and then brought home, only to quickly have to be washed again.  So...yes...there were days that I flew off the handle.  But I loved her so much and wouldn't even let DH carry her outside in her last weeks beause I wanted to hold her.

We love our dogs when they are with us and miss them when they are gone...but if you have a big heart there is always room for another furkid; they don't replace...they only come in and make your life a bit fuller.

Laura
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Tue, 10-15-2013 - 9:16pm

Hugs.  It was a year ago October 1 when I lost Moe, my heart dog.  He wasn't very bright, and he wasn't very well trained, but he was very special to me and I still miss him terribly.

 

I tried to make things happy around here by celebrating Jabaar's "gotcha day" on October 2. 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2000
Wed, 10-16-2013 - 9:10am

Awww, I know you miss Samantha. (((hugs)))

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 10-16-2013 - 1:01pm

It doesn't matter how "smart" or trained they are....they are always much loved....

Laura
Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 10-16-2013 - 1:01pm

Thanks so much Terre....

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-25-2002
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 6:48pm
Thank you for sharing you got frustrated too... with all the cleaning up... makes me not feel so bad. Your last paragraph you wrote was so nice, thank you. Today is three months. I will ALWAYS hate the 18th of every single month! I thought I was doing good.. made it through all of yesterday without crying and I thought FINALLY I'm "over" this. I woke up with a sore throat this morning. This will be the first time being sick without Cloey. All of these first are so hard. I just cried again. The last time I was really sick.. had the chills and I remember eating some soup trying to warm up and she stood beside me at the dinner table and was panting on my leg.. her warm breath really helped to warm me up. I just really can't stand. :(
Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 12:35pm

It's always the dates...and the "firsts'....that get you.  But it does get better.  I have Samantha and Valentine's ashes in beautiful wooden boxes with their pictures on the front.  I pat the boxes and kiss them often when I pass.  My sister thinks it's morbid....but I believe that everyone gets peace in their own way.

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-27-2000
Sun, 10-27-2013 - 8:49pm

It's just a month since I lost Comet, but I decided that I needed to let him and all the others that went before him, go. I put all the stuff together and donated it to the rescue at my vet's.  I came up with 10 collars, 4 greyhound muzzles, stuffies, beds, fleece coats, bowls, doggie diapers and Comet's Thundershirt.  They really appreciated getting the stuff and since I have decided just to keep one dog and one cat, I know even if I reneg on that dcision, I'd buy new stuff!  Felt good.

Before I added the coats,I tried them on Brownie. She was all excited about putting them on but they were so big on her, they could have passed for a Halloween costume!  I guess she will need a new coat for the winter!

Barbara

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