Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It All Happens for a Reason

Yes, I am still in Oregon and have been rebooked several times. I am hoping to get out of dodge tomorrow morning. Flights did make it out this morning so I am hopeful. But that's not really the issue. The delays for all the inconvenience they have caused, had one silver lining. They gave me time.

Miss Bea has simply been failing for a long time. We knew the diagnosis of renal failure meant we didn't have infinite amounts of time and no one expected her to make it through last summer, let alone through the fall and into the winter. You know this doesn't end well, it never does. I spent Monday with my favorite little blond and yesterday morning we made the final drive down to the vet. Bea, who never liked to be held snuggled quietly into my arms and went to sleep. She barely noted the shot which would put her into a deeper sleep and of course the second final injection was a forgone conclusion It was as simple and dignified as that. No regrets. My little bombshell has joined all her friends, Dennett, Fat Sam, Angel, Lexie and Sammie-bug. She is at peace and in a way so I am. I got Bea when she was 4 months old and we have had 17 wonderful years together. She has given me a lifetime of happy memories, of her silly bark, her winsome smile and her dry sense of wit. Bea was a quiet, unassuming little thief. She use to bark to send the other dogs off to the front door or window and then she would sneak that bone or toy she wanted or commandeer a particular dog bed she coveted (or both!). It was always worth sticking around to see what she was up to. So Miss Bea, good-bye for now. I love you and I miss you and most of all, I thank you for all the joy you have brought to me.

Truly parting shots:



17 comments:

  1. Oh dear, sending loving thoughts your way, it's so hard to lose a pet, Miss Bea and you were lucky to have found each other and had so many great years together. I had a feeling the fog we're having was keeping you grounded - yes, it was for a reason. I'm hoping you get out tomorrow.

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  2. How wonderful that you were able to be there for her at the end, and how utterly heartbroken I am reading this. The older I get the more painful it is to lose one of my animal friends, and reading about others' losses is almost as bad….

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  3. Theresa, I can barely see to type because of the tears. I am so very sorry to hear that Miss Bea has passed away. Dennett will be so pleased to see her again as will the others. You are very lucky to have known and loved such wonderful companions. I am sending you many warm thoughts and hugs.

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  4. So sorry for your loss of a beloved "child", my thoughts are with you....

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  5. Their little lives are never long enough. I'm so sorry for your loss, but happy that you were able to be with her.

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  6. Words can never truly express the sorrow we feel for a friend on the loss of a fur child. Miss Bea was special, and I'm so glad you could be with her as she started her new journey.

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  7. So sorry about Miss Bea.
    Our beloved pets share so much with us and they will be in our hearts forever.

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  8. It always hurts. Even when you know its their time and you had many happy years together. I just hurts.

    Our Connor is there as well to greet Miss Bea and friends.

    Big hugs to you all...

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  9. So glad that things worked out so that you could be with her at the end. It would have been truly heartbreaking to come home if she had passed while you were gone. So sorry for your loss.

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  10. What a sweet little girl Bea was! You are such a good pet-mom to all your little furry entourage.

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  11. What a sweet silly doggie. She can play with Suzie when she gets there!! Me Lady had a dream the other night that Suzie was playing with a small yellow dog and would not come when he called her. I wonder....

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  12. It was a blessing that you could be there to help her on her way. Like Michelle, I have strong attachments to my animals, and knowing their time is limited makes it hard. Since no one cries alone in my presence, you can be sure that tears are running down my face for you. I'm hopeful that I have more years than I think I will with Lyra. She is a "heart" dog, and it will be very hard to lose her.

    I hope you're able to *finally* get on a plane!! You might want to wear a mask - I was on a plane a week ago, and now I'm sick...

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  13. Having a fur family is a sacred contract- they submit themselves to our care to love them, care for them and make the hard decisions- bless you for taking such good care of one that loved you so much! Hugs!

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  14. I thought of Miss Bea yesterday and wondered...my sweet friend, I am so sorry for your loss. While it is true that it couldn't have hone easier, it still hurts. I will keep you and the family pack in my heart.

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  15. Aw, geesh, I am so sorry. There are no words to make it feel better. But I applaud you for trying to focus on the happiness she gave you. That is, after all, the most important thing, that you made her happy, and she made you happy, for 17 lovely years.

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  16. Theresa, so sorry for your loss. What a lovely pup.

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  17. I am so sorry. You are so lucky to have shared 17 years together, that is such a long time. I have never been that fortunate. She was a lovely little girl. ♥

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