7/20/09 HORRID DAY!

Had to put my beloved Francis down.  She has been growing increasingly ill since last July (pic taken below) and finally, I realized it was time.  1998-2009 I truly believe she had stomach cancer from all symptoms. I had been hand feeding her cut up teenie weenies and she couldn't even keep that down.  She had one take 1 drink in 24 hours.  Finally, she couldn't even make it up the 2 small steps on the front porch.  She was so so sick, the vet couldn't find a vein.  It took him a bit to locate one and then only after shaving a small area.  I knew.... I took her to the vet with the two boys who wanted to go.  Only I and the youngest went back as Jordan just couldn't.  I held her face in my hands and got very close to her one good eye and told her "I tried, Frannie."   The vet came to "help her" and I just stayed in her face looking her in the one good eye stroking her muzzle telling her "Frannie, baby, the shot will make you feel all better.  You'll feel all better in just a little bit."  She stayed calm as long as I kept very close to her face and stroking her muzzle.  I held her till her heart stopped and then told the vet to check her. Dear God.....I've lost 2 of my beloved dogs exactly 2 yrs apart.  July as a month sucks. It's official....  So, our beloved Francis is now resting in back with my beloved Baxter.   I tried to make the boys feel better by saying it will be the 1st time they were close and not picking at each other.    



It was quite amazing, as well as unexpected, the vet\'s office sent us a sympathy card and we got it today. Maybe some aren\'t in it for the $$$ but the love between people & pets.

I am so sorry to hear about Francis. Pets are so important to us and give us such love and devotion. I amsure there will be animals in Heaven after all when God made the animals He said \"It is Good!\"

I\'m so sorry...had you in my prayers all day. You did what was best for Francis. I know how hard that is though. So,so sorry. Francis is up there with Quazar tonight. I\'m just a holler away. Big hugs...Lesa

I\'m so sorry about the loss of your pet. Sending Hugs and Prayers.


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....

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Dear NAN, LESA 7 MARYca ----- Thank you all for your support, love & understanding. I keep looking for her all through the house thinking she is still here and needs to be let out. I keep looking for her in the mornings and other points in the day. TODAY, I could have sworn I saw her outside my front door waiting to be let in. Lord help me, I think I may have went round the bend! I actually had to remind and tell myself she is gone.

But as I told my kids, death is not \"gone\" it is just a transfer from one place to another as life is eternal. At least I know it is for humans and think it must be for pets as well.

Here was a great quote at the vets I read before Francis passed:

By: Albert Schweitzer

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that will be put to death.

We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them,
we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.

Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.