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Stuttering Shell: say goodbye.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

say goodbye.



"she is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. you are her life, her love, her leader. she will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. you owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion."  
- unknown

noel.

but we call her nono.
she belongs to my mom & dad.
they adopted her almost eight years ago. 
{not long after the death of our family dog, buddy}
she's been a faithful companion, travel buddy, and
a well-loved member of the family.
her health has taken a serious decline in the last year or so.
she has trouble walking.
she's nearly blind.
old dog issues run her life.

last week, we knew it was time...
time to say goodbye.


adam gave her a bath last night.
he said goodbye to her this morning.
she'll be gone - to a new life across the rainbow bridge - by the time
he gets home from work tonight.

my heart aches for my parents
who are returning home to say goodbye to their faithful friend.
my heart aches for my children
who have never dealt with death...until now.

nono was a good dog.
her fourteen years of life were filled with love & joy.
she touched many lives.
she will be missed.


*nono has been in our care since thanksgiving. we dogsit for my parents often, but this trip was longer than normal due to family obligations my father had to take care of in his home state. last week, nono had some health issues that scared me. she wasn't eating. cleaning up vomit, poo & blood on a daily basis was not fun. clearly, something was wrong. the vet suggested blood work, but given her age & her condition, he said that it would be best to choose quality of life over anything else. my parents, who had to make this decision while 18 hours away, agreed. nono's ashes will be scattered in the garden at my mom & dad's house. it is the same place my parents scattered buddy's ashes.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Cole said...

Being at the vet, saying good-bye to a furry family member has been one of the hardest things I've ever done. But being the last one to leave their side is such a gift.

Hugs to all of you as you grieve.

Dec 8, 2011, 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Kasey said...

Ugh. I'm so so so sorry. :-( I'm crying for your family. It's so hard to make that decision and so hard to say goodbye but it really is what's best.

Dec 8, 2011, 2:00:00 PM  
Blogger tara said...

:(( I am so so sorry, girl! Hugs.

Dec 8, 2011, 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

losing a pet is like losing a family member. i'm so sorry for you and your whole family :(

Dec 8, 2011, 2:18:00 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

:( Sad! So sorry...it's ridiculously hard to lose our furry babies!

Dec 8, 2011, 2:28:00 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oh I'm so sorry. We lost two kitties this past year. Losing a pet is so hard.

Dec 8, 2011, 6:41:00 PM  
Blogger the workaholic momma said...

Oh Michelle, I am SO sorry:( Losing a pet is SO much harder than anyone ever gives it credit for....nono will have lots of friends waiting for her at the bridge...ill tell my boy thats up there to show her the way and all of the fun places to play.

Hugs to you.

Dec 8, 2011, 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Lee-Ann said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Many hugs.

Dec 11, 2011, 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs. WASP said...

I'm so sorry Shell. It's hard hard thing to do, saying goodbye to someone you love. I'm sure Noel knew y'all loved her and that she had long happy life with the family. Keeping you and the fam in my thoughts and prayers. I know the next couple of weeks will be so hard as you transition through her not being there. I'm here if you need me. XX

Dec 11, 2011, 6:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to read about Nono. Regardless of how long we have our pets, it's never easy making that final decision. Praying for you and your family.

~ Monique

Dec 12, 2011, 7:54:00 PM  

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