We said goodbye to Grim on Saturday
His tumors had been bleeding and he was getting weaker and weaker and the light had left his eyes. We made that long drive we all dread and had a peaceful parting with me and my husband laying on the blanket next to him until it was over. There is an awful big hole in our hearts right now.
If you have a dog with cancer please consider sending samples/specimens to these folks.
They directed me to Broad Institute (link on page) who is building genetic DNA databases of dogs with various cancers. Maybe some day this will help all of us.
Have to go to another computer to get to photobucket for his last picture but that will be next.
And this ..... I've heard it before and love it:
It' Just a Dog
From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "That's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for "just a dog."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and, in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.
"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me, and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile....because they "just don't understand."
Taken on Thursday - wanting me to give him the ball in my hand. It was the last time before he crashed on Friday am and the lights started to dim in his eyes and I knew it was coming to and end.