I Miss My Boy, Shadow Soooo Much

I'm very sad to say that Shadow, my best friend ever, and I mean EVER, had to be put to sleep yesterday morning (July 11, 2010).  Shadow was almost 15 years old, and was a Schipperke mix -- a very handsome fella.  I was lucky to have had him since he was a puppy.  He was already battling bad arthritis, and had come off a bout of old dog vestibular disease (like vertigo) a few weeks before, which meant he had to stay still in bed, and that resulted in muscle atrophy.  He had gotten very skinny and frail.  He had a really bad time early that morning, and woke me with his weak yelps of pain, so I called his wonderful doctor to tell her through my tears and cracking voice that I thought the time had come.  We met at the hospital at 9:00AM.  By about 10:00AM, Shadow had left his broken body behind and went to the Rainbow Bridge, where his best buddy Zeke has been for a while.  The wonderful receptionist lady, Betty, who watched over him during most of his day-care days there, came to say goodbye to Shadow too.  Needless to say, me and Betty and Dr Sanders and 2 wonderful vet techs, Emily and Jessica, were all crying to see Shadow go.  He's been going to day care there since Dec 2006, so they have been the other half of his family for quite some time.  He's not suffering now though, so that is some comfort to all of us.

I miss you and love you so much, Shadow.  I can't wait to be with you again.  I'm so proud to be your Daddy.

~~Fish Kungfu~~
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6 Responses Jul 12, 2010

We had to put our Poppy,a twelve year old cockerspaniel to sleep after she got very sick and never really recovered . I cried for like 3 days and never realised how upset I would really be but she was our friend and our baby. I still miss her even way after a year of her passing . She will be in doggie heaven chasing birds and cats and eating sausages !!! xxxxxx

Thanks for posting. It helps knowing others go through this too. I lost my 15 year old Tierney 11 days ago and my heart is broken. I miss her so much. This is so painful. I keep expecting to see her. I had her for so long it's like my brain doesn't understnad why she's not here anymore. Her sweet face isn't looking back at me wanting bologna, a hot dog, a pat on the head, a walk, just gone...

I lost my sweet baby girl (Chyna) to cancer of the brain and lung one week ago today and it still feels as though my heart has been ripped from my body. It was the first time that I have ever had to euthanize a pet. She was 13 years of age and went to my office with me daily. The last week she would lay on my lap and just stare at me. My mind says that I did the right thing but my heart says "just one more day to hold her and tell her how much we loved her.<br />
RIP my sweet Chyna girl.

I lost my Oscar on the 27th April 2012. Malignant tumour in his nose. He was eleven years seven months old. A wonderful laid back Golden Labrador. He loved children and they loved him. My niece and nephew adored him and were heart broken when my sister told them. I have had many pets throughout my life and have dearly loved them all. Time heals all wounds. And it does as far as grief is concerned. But Oscar was my human-animal bond pinnacle. Each day gets a little better. But occasionally whilst walking past or seeing something that reminds me of him my stomach is again turned into knots. That is grief. I'll see you again Oscar old mate I'm sure.

I lost my baby on the 28th, just this last Saturday. Henry was, and will forever be, my best friend. I miss him so much. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. I pray (and cry, too) for your loss. God bless you.<br />
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Svea... I'm sorry to hear that you recently lost your buddy, Henry. Thank you for your kind words, and know that I share and understand your grief during this difficult time. If you haven't read the poem, "Rainbow Bridge", I recommend it as part of your healing process. Our buddies are at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us when our time comes.

The loss of a pet, is equal to the loss of any family member. Your story reveals you were an exceptional dog parent. As a fellow animal lover, I understand your pain. I've been there. Feel good that you were a good friend/provider for your Shadow and hold on to the assurance that he is in a peaceful place.