Good bye Data

On Thursday, our son called and asked if we could go to Edmonton as their dog, Data, was failing and would be going to the vet.  We all knew what that likely would mean.  His wife Tiina got Data when he was 6 weeks old and had him for 15 years. He was her baby.  He would 'sing along' when Andrew and Tiina sang to him.
We were correct.  The vet said there was nothing else he could do for Data.  So with heavy hearts, they had Data put to sleep.  The only other time I have seen my son so distraught was when Lisa died.  He stayed with Data until the end.  And it is Lisa's Angel Date on the 1st of December.  Just too much to comprehend.  This time last year, Lisa was on life support and we were hoping for a miracle.  I believe in miracles but we didn't get one that time.
So to get our minds off things, Andrew went to work yesterday and Joe, Tiina and I went shopping.  It was not really much fun because at every turn, I saw things that reminded me of Lisa and how much she loved shopping for everyone.  We did get a pair of pjs for my granddaughter - her mum always bought her pajamas so she would have a new pair to wear on Christmas morning. 
We came home this afternoon and I cried for most of the 3 hour drive. 
I know they made the right decision for Data but there is another gap in our family - not as horrendous as losing Lisa but sad nevertheless.

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KandL
KandL

Marlene, please accept my condolences for the passing of Andrew and Tina\'s wonderful dog, Data. And so close to Lisa\'s Angel date. Of course you cried for 3 hours. It is a hard decision, but it is the humane thing to do for our beloved pets. I have been there on too many occasions cradling the head of a beloved pet as they make the transition to Heaven. My heart goes out to all of you. Data\'s resting now. Love and tight, tight hugs, Linda
NoraMc
NoraMc

My heart breaks for Data, we are animal lovers and know what it is like to put a loved fury friend down. I am so sorry. Nora
JennsMom66
JennsMom66

I am so sorry about Data, I have also . lost \'furry\" children, it puts holes in our hearts that we don\'t get over, the same as our human children
biowoman
biowoman

I am so sorry too...I love pets and they have this unconditional love thing going on...hugs to all...Karen
Livingjuicy
Livingjuicy

My heart is with you. Our fur babies become our world in so many ways. To have lived and loved for 15 years is something and I know Data\'s presence will be missed. Love and hugs, Joanie
CorriesMom
CorriesMom

Sending so much love and giant hugs as you grieve for Data\'s loss. I imagine he\'s wagging his tail right now, giving Lisa a great big sloppy doggie kiss!

Hanging on tight and sending much love as we all make our way through this difficult holiday season of shopping and family activities ~ Debbie
Sandi2947
Sandi2947

Yes, that had to be so very difficult...Losing a puppy that has entered your heart so deeply leaves a hole that is never filled ....and so close to the loss of Lisa had to be so very difficult for the both of you...I know when Zoey passed last Mother\'s Day weekend that she was waiting for Ken when he entered Heaven\'s Gate along with his childhood dog Heidi...and our other loved one and mostly Jesus welcoming Ken home....I believe pets are God\'s way of showing his unconditional love to us...Blessings to your whole family....Sandi