Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Having to say Goodbye

Sparky 1999-2010

I posted last week about Sparky not doing too well and having to take care of her hoping that she would get a little bit better.  Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse in the next few days and Monday we had the vet come to our home to have our sweet Sparky put to sleep.

As the days went by her legs were not working anymore.  Slowly she had lost total balance and strength to the point of not being able to get up anymore on Sunday.  Last Thursday my daughter came to visit to spend time with Sparky and see her for the last time.  We spent several days showering Sparky with love and attention while making her comfortable as much as we could.  She still had a great disposition, seemed happy to see us, ate well and seemed to enjoy the towel rides we gave her to get her outside several times a day.  We miss her terribly and wish we could have had her for longer, but we really try to concentrate on the time we had with her and a remember as many memories she gave us those eleven years.  We will always love you Sparky.

This is a poem I came across earlier this year from a post  a friend wrote when she lost her dog.   Making the decision to let them go is always hard, I hope we can find comfort in knowing that we did the best for our sweet friends.

If it should be...

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
but don't let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail its last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Author Unknown



QuirkynBerkeley said...

Thanks for the beautiful poem, Yoli. Sparky was a beautiful old girl. I read a saying one time, "Blessed is the person who has the love of an old dog."

Spirited Earth said...

so sorry to hear about your dog..
guess we all have to go thru that part at some time or's always difficult..

Yolanda M. said...

Thank you both for your kind comments. Difficult decision but we must do the best for them. Carol I like the saying, very sweet.

Yolanda M. said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Bella said...

Huge hug from me and a bunch of slobbery kisses from Schooner. This is a beautiful poem and your love shows through. Blessings and peace on you as you heal.

Cody's Closet said...

Sparky was such a beautiful dog! The poem is perfect for her. Hugs and kisses for Cody and Copper and if you ever need to borrow one, let me know.

Yolanda M. said...

Aww thank you Bella and Cody, so sweet. Love and kisses from your pups the best thing to help me feel better. Thank you all.

Francine Michaud said...

I'm so sorry this day has come for your lovely Sparky and yourself, Yolanda. My day will come too as my sweet little dog is getting old. This is the humane and loving thing to do to take these sweet angels out of their misery and pain of their last days.

The poem is awesome. Take care.


Yolanda M. said...

Thank you Francine.

AngelPups said...

God bless you and your family. You are so right to focus as much as you can on all the love Sparky brought to you. And obviously Sparky received as much love in return. Our prayers are with you.
Kelly & Crew
Big Mac, Molly & Moxie

Gerry said...

Hey Yolanda, I am still out of town and was showing my mom your blog. I did want to tell you I am sorry about your Sparky. I know this is so sad. Will get in touch when I get back next week. Take care, gerry

Yolanda M. said...

Thank you Kelly, I've been reading your blog and been having a few good laughs about your crew and their doings, adorable!

Thanks Gerry, we'll be in touch. Hope all is well with you. Talk soon.