Tuesday, September 01, 2009

There Are No Words...

DH and I did the unimaginable today and had our sweet little girl, Brie, put to sleep :o( Even as I write this, I still expect to see her on her bed, looking up at me with those big beautiful brown eyes.

For those of you who are new to my Blog, Brie was our four and a half year old Miniature Dachshund. In July of 2008, her vertebrae collapsed onto her spinal cord and rendered her partially paralysed. Without much thought, DH and I took her over to PEI and had her back operated on.

Over the past year, we had seen her take great strides. With her excellent attitude and strong will, she walked and even began going up and down stairs again! Unfortunately as that got better, her incontinence got worse :o(

Why do some people and/or animals come into our life for such short period of times compared to others? When we brought Brie home, DH and I expected that she would be part of our life for at least a dozen years or more. She filled our hearts with love and planted a smile on anyone's face that met her for the first time. There was never a mean bone in her body.

There really are no words. We'll mourn in silence and feel comforted knowing that Pickles and Buddy were there waiting to greet Brie into her next life.


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47 comments:

~Kim~ said...

Oh wow, Cathey and Paul, Im in tears here. Im so sorry to read this news of Brie.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, Kim

cjeddy said...

I am so very sorry for your loss! Sending you lots of hugs!!

zoomcity said...

*gasp* {{{{{{{Cathey}}}}}}}

RIP Brie.

:o(

Cindy said...

OMG Cathey...I am so sorry to hear about Brie :(

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}

Daffycat said...

Oh honey, I am so, so sorry you had to do that. That's the hardest decision to make, hands down. If you need a shoulder...mine is always free for you, Cathey.

***big hugs***

I'll miss your Brie too.

Leah said...

It's really tough losing a loved one. My condolences, Cathey.

Debbie said...

((((Hugs)))))

Tammy said...

aww so sorry for your lose. I couldn't even imagine how I would feel if I lost my cats!

TammyK said...

Oh Cathey... I'm crying as I read this. I'm so sorry. {{Hugs}}

Rachel said...

So sorry for your loss. I too just lost my furry baby due to kidney failure today.

Your furry little ones will be waiting on the other side of the rainbow bridge for you.

Irene said...

Cathey, I'm in shock with grief, I can only imagine how you and your DH feel. From your stories and pictures of Brie, she seemed like such a delightful dog.

Kathryn said...

Sincere condolences. I know there will never be another Brie, but there will be other loving pets, who thrive in a loving household such as yours.

Sharon said...

Dear Cathey I was so shocked to read this! I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know that Brie brought you a lot of joy-but please remember you and your DH brought her a lots of joy and love too. {{{{hugs}}}}

Rowyn said...

I'm so sorry Cathey. It has always been evident from your blog how much you loved her and how much she was part of your family.

Sending big hugs your way!

Rachael said...

Oh Cathey how sad, if I weren't so far away I would come and give you a huge hug.So I am sending a cyber hug to you(((((HUGS)))))

Carolyn said...

Cathey-
I am so sad to hear about Brie:(

Sending (((Hugs))))

Katie said...

Big Hugs

WendyCarole said...

Oh Cathey I am so sorry to hear your sad news

(((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))))

Alberta said...

Cathey, my heart goes out to you & DH. What a difficult decision to have to make but I'm sure you considered all options before having made the ultimate choice. Brie was so loved & well cared for and will be lovingly remembered. Sending you {{{hugs}}} in this time of saddness.

Jennifer said...

OMG - CATHEY!!!!!! My heart is broken for you. I am so, so sorry for your loss. :-(

helenapastafina said...

so so sorry for your loss. A pet is family so I know you are mourning. Yes, remember that she is with the rest of your "family" in pet heaven!

Iris said...

Big hug for you Pumpkin!!!
I'll keep you in my thoughts !!

Karen said...

awwwwww Cathey and DH I send you many hugs

Heather said...

Oh Cathy, I am so sad for you. Sending hugs from NB

Colleen said...

How heart breaking for you :( I've had to do it too and it is just devastating. They are a part of the family and it's like losing a child.

I'm so sorry :( My thoughts are with you.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Dear Cathey,
I am so sorry to hear this peace of news. Be strong. Here are huge hugs for you....

JOLENE said...

I am soooo sorry, such a heart wrenching post. I too, have had to put a "best friend" to sleep. It is one of the hardest things I have experienced. One of my friends had a dog like Brie and it had a similar thing happen to it with the spine thing. They too, lost their sweet baby to this also. Pets are definitely family, unconditional loving little cuddle bugs that help see you through our ups and downs in life. So sorry to hear such sad news, take care.

Lili said...

Oh Cathey.:(((((
I'm so so sorry for this terrible loss. I know how it feels sweetie, and it does feel terrible...
Brie had the chance to have the most wonderful mum and dad, and she has been incredibly loved.
No words can help you through this pain, indeed. I'm sharing yours, with tears in my eyes and a terrible sense of uselessness.
A million comforting hugs to you.
Lili

Denise said...

I am deeply sorry about your loss of Brie. We went through a similar situation with our dog of
13 years (I automatically looked around for her for days). Pets become a family member. It is hard but you will get through it.
Wishing you happy days ahead....

~Tammy said...

There are no words to ease your pain, I know. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Your question of why are some people and animals only in our lives for such a short time; I have two thoughts on that. I hope in some small way those thoughts can help you heal.

It is my belief that we are touched by an animal's love or person presence because that is what we need from them in our life to deal with a difficult time or to share our joy. They are here to serve a greater need in ourselves we weren't aware.

I also like to think, those that are only in our lives a brief moment is because they are too good for this world.

My heart hurts for you in a way that these words can't convey.

Sending you hugs and comfort.

Sweet kisses for Brie as she makes her way across the Rainbow Bridge.

Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Suzanne and I have been reading your blog for a while and I just had to comment today. You see on the 14th August we also had to make that hard awful decision, with our 12 year old Cocker Spaniel, Lulu. I know the pain you are going through, it is truly unbearable and you feel as if it will never go away.But they tell me it gets better with time!
The house just seems so quiet and empty.
Even though I don't know you, my heart goes out to you.
Regards,
Suzanne,
Peacehaven, England.

Christine said...

I am so very sorry that Brie is gone. I rooted for her during her surgery and recovery and was pleased she was doing so well. I had to say goodbye to my Pomeranian not quite a month and a half ago, so I know how much it hurts. I'm so sorry.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Oh Cathey, My heart goes out to you...not much can be said to ease your pain...so I'll just send you a {{{hug}}} and know that we are here...

nursy said...

oh Cathey! my sympathies! At least she has someone up there to play with and show her the ropes.

take care.

Sue

Sharon said...

Oh my dear friend, I am so sorry about your sweet little Brie. I know how hard that was for you and how much you loved her. I will keep you & your DH in my thoughts and prayers.

Rachel S said...

I am so very very sorry to hear about this. I know how hard you worked to rehab her. I don't know why things like this happen either, but she was blessed to have you as her humans.

Lisa said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Pets are special beings who come into our lives and provide us with so much unconditional love. It is no wonder they become a part of our family just like our kids. Take care and I will keep you in my thoughts.

Faith Ann said...

So sorry for your loss... Brie was such a huge part of your family.

Suzanne said...

Oh my God Cathey! I am so so sorry. Email me if you want to talk or want a shoulder to cry on. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.

CathE said...

Sorry to hear about Brie. Our pets take up such a huge part of our lives that they really are one of the family. I know how hard that decision must have been for you. Thinking of you both. (((Hugs)))

Harmien said...

Dear Cathey, I am so so sorry for your loss!! I hope the wonderful memories you have of her will help you smile through your tears!!

ohiofarmgirl said...

I so know what you are feeling. We had to have our sweet Jackie put to sleep on July 13, she was no longer able to walk or control herself...it has been just terrible for our daughter who has had her by her side for 12 years and does not remember a time without her. We are still suffering. We are getting a new puppy next weekend but I am unsure whether we have made a right choice but I can not bear seeing my daughter grieve for her best friend. Blessings, Dianntha

Chiloe said...

I'm a sock! I missed this post (don't know what's wrong with my reader sometimes ... ) I'm so sad for you Cathey. ((((((hugs))))))))

Lori-Ann said...

Very sorry for your loss. I know you will miss her for a while to come. I missed Frankie for quite a while.
Hugz

Sonda in OR said...

Cathey...I'm so sorry. I'll miss the pictures of Brie, but I know that's nothing to how much you'll miss her. {{{HUGS, HUGS, HUGS}}}

stitcherw said...

I'm sooo sorry. I got behind in my reading and just now saw this post. What a terribly hard decision to have to make. My heart goes out to you, it's so hard to say goodby, they leave such holes in our lives with their passing. {{hugs}}
Sue

♥ Nia said...

Sorry for your loss... =/
She looks so sweet in the photo =)