BLISSFUL-BOHEMIAN

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Zeus





















The best dog in the Galaxy passed away this evening. It was not planned. We had a normal morning, he went on a hike with me and did fine, but when I returned home from work, he could hardly stand and could not walk. I knew with no doubt that it was time to say goodbye. My heart is broken, I will miss him more than words can say, but now he is free. XOXO

29 comments:

ExtraO said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Annie. :-(

Angela Recada said...

Oh Sweetie, I am so, so very sorry.
xoxoxo

Barbara/myth maker said...

My deepest sympathies on your loss.

Lynn said...

Hugs Annie...so so so sorry.

kj said...

annie, i am so sorry. i can feel the emptiness in your space without him. you know my stella is struggling to stand and walk too: there will be a day when zeus and stella get to run together.

he will never be far. i am sure of that.

with love always
kj

Cambria said...

So sorry Annie, I know how much he meant to you. You have had some big losses way too close together. :*(

I swear I grieve more for my pets than I do for people. Weird I know.

love you,

Victoria

Lori ann said...

hugs hugs hugs my friend. ah sweet zeus.

Houseelf said...

Hugs Annie. He'll play all young again, and wait for you at Rainbow Bridge.

You did the right thing for him even though it hurts. Hugs for being brave.

sukipoet said...

OH no. You will miss him so much. I am sorry. sending prayers.

studio lolo said...

Oh Annie, I'm so very sorry. How wonderful that you both spent hs last day on a hike together. I'm sure he wanted to do that for you.
Sending hugs and wishing Zeus a wonderful new journey.

xo
Lo♥

Laurie Wambaugh said...

Oh Annie, I'm so sorry. I know how you feel as he was with you for so long. He definitely was your world and will always be in your heart. He is up there running with my Sammie and Megan and happy knowing he can always watch over you.

Take care, love you!

yoborobo said...

Oh, Annie. I am so sorry. What a sweet dog he was. I am sad for you. Sending you lots and lots of love. xoxox Pam

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Dear Annie,

I knew this day was not far off, but still...

My heart aches for you, may sweet memories help you heal.

This is one of my favorite stories written about losing such a friend...

Living Love

If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember…

The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter – simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room – and when you feel it brush against you for the first time – it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.

The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your long-time friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend’s diet – and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.

And on this day – if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own – on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you – you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night. If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you. But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul – a bit smaller in size than your own – seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg – very, very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lie – you will remember those three significant days. The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart. As time passes, the ache will come and go as it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.

But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when – along with the memory of your pet – and piercing through the heaviness in your heart – there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love – like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this love will remain and grow – and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our beloved pets – it is a love that we will always possess.

~ Written by Martin Scot Kosins, Author of “Maya’s First Rose” ~

becky said...

Annie,
I was just thinking of you this morning & wondering about Zeus... my heart ached when I saw your post. I know that you knew his time was coming. Sending long distance hugs to you my friend.

Robin said...

I just e-mailed you, but wanted to honour Zeus by posting here too.

He WAS indeed a special dog.... no one had a bigger heart or capacity to love. He ADORED you and loved every minute of life he shared with you. You *found* him and gave him a most wonderful life.
I was proud to be his Auntie for many years....and I will always remember him galloping like the wind over the Gorge or up in the Forest.... and...of course, *herding* Spike and B....

He truly is free now...but he is never far from you.

♥ Robin ♥

Kate P said...

So, so sorry to hear, Annie. What a sweetie.

Mim said...

oh Annie...oh my. I'm so so sorry to read this. I'll be thinking about you. xoxo mim

Suzanne said...

I'm so glad he had you to love him and keep him healthy and safe. He had a wonderful life and I know you'll miss him. Like Houseelf I believe he's free and young again and will be waiting on the Rainbow Bridge for you. Blessings and comfort, Annie. ~Suzanne

Annie said...

To each and every one of you, from the bottom (and top) of my heart thank you for your prayers, kind and wise words and loving support, it has helped a lot. Love you all. xoxo

~Babs said...

Most of us know this pain, and realize your loss.
So sorry Annie. I'm glad he was able to take that last hike.
XO

Marion said...

Dear Annie...I know so well how this feels. My deepest sympathies to you, and many, many hugs...xx

secret agent woman said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. He looks like a real sweetheart.

LauraX said...

so sorry Annie, so, so sorry dear.♥

Angela Recada said...

Lubna said...

Annie, this is tough -- but in a way I am glad he died a natural death. He is now free and with you and will be with you always, just as my Poochie is still with me.

M.Kate said...

Hello Annie, missing you a lot. i know how it is to miss someone, well, your dog is very meaningful and special to you. Lets hope that he is in a better place.....love and peace :) M

Jos said...

Hi Annie. I'm so sorry to read about Zeus. I hope you're doing OK lovely. I will read forward from here to catch up. Really liked what Teri wrote here. xx Jos

Karine said...

So sorry to hear about Zeus.

ArtPropelled said...

Oh I'm so sorry Annie. It is extremely painful to lose a beloved pet. We had such a shock last week when my darling bull terrier Ben dropped dead without any warning or indication that there was anything wrong. The gap he has left is beyond words.