Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Last Storm


March 10th a small Winter storm rolled in and gave us a beautiful, fluffy blanket of white.    It wasn't that big of a deal...only a few inches of soft, fluffy snow. Copper, Moon and I had fun that day.   Little did I know that it was to be Copper's last storm.
  
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As you know, Copper and Moon are older...Copper almost 14 and Moon nearly 13.  Other than arthritis, they are both healthy dogs.  However, Copper just hadn't been himself since Christmas.  He was having difficulty getting up from his bed and his entire back end had become very weak.  He could no longer "make it" to his favorite spot and was pooping his bed without even realizing it.   He had lost weight because he wasn't eating every day.  It was as if he was eating to stay alive.

The Pres kept telling me that he would feel better when the weather warmed up. However, I knew otherwise because I saw what was happening to him.  And it's a difficult decision to make especially when some people don't "see."  But rather they see, the tail still wagging occasionally, a bit of energy and/or happiness in the dog.  And in speaking with the Vet over the past few months, I asked, "How will I know when it's time?"  Her sympathetic and compassionate response was simple, "You'll know."

That morning...the morning after the storm...I knew it was time.  While we were outside, a gust of wind literally knocked him over.  I was down in the woods and came running to help him up.  His hind legs had become so weak he could hardly support his own weight.   Yes, I knew it was time.

That morning I made the decision to put him down because he was no longer living the of life he had for 13 years with us...the life he loved and deserved.  





Copper Lucas Aspen  on 3/10/17

just seeing, saying, and sharing...

The Last Storm

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12 comments:

Sandra said...

I know the last storm is lingering in your heart and how much it hurts. a beautiful tribute here to Copper . prayers for your hurting hearts, yours and Moons.

Susie said...

JP, I am so sorry about your sweet dog Copper. That would have been too sad to see, the wind knocking him over. I hope Moon doesn't pine the loss of Copper. Hugs to you and Prez. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

only slightly confused said...

It is so very very hard to say goodbye. He lasted as long as he could for you. Dear old soul. I can hardly see to type this.

Empty Nester said...

That was so beautifully written. So heartfelt. I have tears and all the feels. I know he had such a happy life with y'all.

Sylvia said...

JP, I'm so sorry for the loss of Copper. I pray for comfort for your hurting heart. My thoughts are with you. Sylvia D.

Red Rose Alley said...

It's always a delight to see your snow pictures. It's as if I'm walking along there through the woods myself. Love that last picture. : )

~Sheri

Ann Thompson said...

So sad. I know what a difficylt decision it is to make. Sending hugs

Felicia said...

That is a extremely hard decision to make and follow through with...i know I had to do it too a few years ago.

NanaDiana said...

I am bawling as I write this. It is so hard to make that final decision, isn't it? It takes our heart right out of us when we know that we have been keeping a pet alive for OUR reasons and not for them. God bless you. I know your heart hurts...but he is free and happy now over The Rainbow Bridge. xo Diana

Linda said...

I am so sorry about your beautiful do! Today I took my dog to the vet and he told me about the dog he had as a child. His dad took the very ill dog to the vet and the children made him promise to bring him back, to not put him to sleep. So dad brought him home in spite of the vet's advice. Poor dog suffered for three days and then died! Dr. Jim says he still feels like crying when he thinks of this. You did the right thing.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) I am so sorry for your loss, and I'm in tears as I write this after reading your moving post. Losing a beloved pet brings us so such pain, and it's hard to make that kind of decision. My heart goes out to you.

Betty said...

I was playing catch up with blogs again today and saw this post. It just never gets any easier. We've been through it so many times over the years with our animals. I'm so sorry for your loss and can certainly relate.

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