A Heartbreaking Goodbye

Many of you know that my dog, Gideon, has been gravely ill. And I thank you for your patience while we’ve gone through this terrible time.

Today, we had to say goodbye.

In remembrance of my baby Gid I’ve posted this poem. A kind soul posted this on my FB page when Gid’s illness took an awful turn. Grab your Kleenex. You’re going to need it.

THE LAST BATTLE

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend.

Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

~Unknown

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30 thoughts on “A Heartbreaking Goodbye

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our pets are family. We just got back from my dad’s funeral in GA and I wanted to video my little pugs excitement. He did his hyped-up half bark, half talk and squeaked and squealed…then fell over on his side and had a seizure. It only lasted a few seconds, but that’s the first time anything like that has happened. His face is white now instead of black and he’s just a little old man. He’s ten, but pugs often don’t live beyond eight. I noticed the dog sitter had left the water bowl dry…we were gone a week, don’t know how long it was dry.

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    • Oh, Susan, I’m so sorry. That’s frightening. Gideon used to have seizures because of his diabetes. Incidentally, if you think it has to do with diabetes put Karo syrup on his tongue. It’ll bring him right out of the seizure. The hair color change is strange, huh?

      We do love them like family. I miss Gid so much. Thanks for your kind words. And I am so sorry to hear about your father. My condolences. Fire that dog sitter!

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