Friday, December 19, 2008

A sad day....Goodbye to my best friend

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

On Monday, December 18, 2008 we had no choice but to put our pup Chi-Chi (pronounced she she) of 14 years to sleep. She had what is called degenerative myelopathy.

Degenerative myelopathy is a disorder of the spinal cord or bone marrow. It mostly affects older German Shepherds (between from 7 to 9 years), but also has been reported in other breeds. Signs may include awkward gait and weakness in one of the hind limbs. Prognosis for the degenerative myelopathy is poor since there is no known effective treatment for it.

Chi-Chi had fallen on Sunday evening but after taking a few minutes to get back up with some help she continued to walk although slowly. She continued to walk that evening and got up in the morning to go to the bathroom. That afternoon while I was letting out Tucker our other pup, Chi-Chi went to get up to go out too and fell flat. I sat with her all afternoon and she frequently tried to get up. I managed to discover that it was her one back leg she couldn't control and that her lower back him area was sore to the touch. I tried to make her feel as comfortable as possible waiting for my husband to be able to leave work so we could get her to the vet. I don't drive and therefor had to wait. When the vet came in and I told her what was going on Chi-Chi tried to get up and again fell. The vet told us what was up and that there wasn't anything that could be done for her. We had no choice but to tell Chi-Chi how much we loved her and would miss her but that it was time for her to be with the other pets we lost at Rainbow bridge but that we would see her again. We had 14 great years with a great friend. She was excellent around the girls when they were younger. Zoey was 2 when we got Chi-Chi and Kirsten was 4. We never had to use a leash with her, she stayed right by your side even when passing another dog. Chi-Chi was my very first dog ever! I had a fear of dogs from an incident with two other dogs when I was very young. We got Chi-Chi to help me over come that fear. It didn't take long...she was the best, friendliest, most lovable dog and I will miss her so much.

Goodbye Chi-Chi my friend, till we meet again on Rainbow bridge to cross over together...I love you...

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At 7:46 p.m., Blogger Jax said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I never understood what is was to have a pet you loved so much until a few months ago when we adopted our pekingese. Last night he jumped up on my chest, licked my cheek and curled up and I realized I would be lost without him. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

At 9:23 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam and family, I am sorry about your loss of Chi Chi. She sounds like an amazing friend and you truly will be lost without her. Take comfort in the years you had together and that she is waiting at the Rainbow Bridge, no longer in pain.
Great tribute to her on this post.

At 10:12 p.m., Blogger Jewels said...

Aw, Pam, I'm so sorry for your loss. Those fur babies take up so much space in our hearts and lives.

She'll be waiting for you, you can tell she was a special dog. And pretty too!

At 9:01 p.m., Blogger Jonara Blu Maui said...

Oh my that is so sad..I'm so sorry..we get so close to our pets. They are our family. I'm glad she is not hurting now..that's nothing we want to see them go through.

At 9:18 a.m., Blogger Santafe said...

I just found out you have subscribed as a reader on my blog- thank you so much and welcome!
What made me write this comment is that I can feel so much with you about the loss of Chi-Chi. I lost my beloved dog for the very same reason some years ago and she came into my life for also the same reason you said: fear of dogs and she helped me overcome it! I love dogs since that day she came into my house and I hope to have a dog again soon, but with my work situation it's more animal-friendly to not have one as I am not home very often. But, some day... for sure again!

Many good wishes,


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