We said goodbye to Sophie today. As Toby and Tank wander the house looking for her, seeming to sense that she is gone, we are simply sad.
Sophie, our blind, frail and slightly incontinent 12 yr old Pug, had a seizure this morning and had to be put to sleep. It was ugly and Paul and I are grateful that the boys saw nothing and that their memory of her will not be tainted.
We’re now left to explain to them that Sophie has gone to heaven to play with Sweet Willy Wrinkles where she’ll be happy forever. We hope they take the news well – we’re not sure when we’ll tell them.
The process of loosing a family pet isn’t easy, especially when they’ve suffered in the end. Her incontinence was driving me batty and I was sure she was going to knock herself out walking into walls and doors since she was so blind, but she had always been gentle and sweet, great with the boys, and in her prime, a wonderfully entertaining, loving dog and member of our family.
We approached the end of her life with optimism that she would not suffer, but of course, that’s not what happened and it’s very sad. We are left in the end with the knowledge that she is now at peace and that she was loved.
Oh girl, our own pets are such family members. (Even though our darn Greyhound shows her teeth at me daily, I will still keep her)! 🙂 So sorry to hear about your puppy. Our kitties are 11 and 7 and I just dread the day that this happens. I’m sure Sophie is up in heaven running (and not bumping into walls) and smiling!
Uhhhh…yes, I could be not so funny and say “When it rains, it pours”…sounds like you have had some tough past days. (Do tell what your dr. says about your rainy day headaches. I always get them when it rains. I think it’s the pressure or something…yep, Dr. Lauren!)
I’m thinking about you!
Oh I’m so sorry, Jenn. It’s so hard to lose a beloved pet. Our 13 yr old collie mix isn’t long for this world so I understand. Hugs to your kids! And you.