Thursday, January 1, 2009

It Won't be Long

before we have to say our goodbyes. We started Annie back on her medicine this past week. She's not getting better.

Today she was full of it. She wanted to play and go outside. But she kept following me all over the house, no matter where I went she was there. She laid in my lap all morning long. We both thoroughly enjoyed it.

She and I walked up and down the driveway. I could tell she enjoyed it. She had that "look" in her eye and a spring in her step.




She even started to venture across the road.


We also walked to the pasture so she could visit with the horses. She and Dakota had some serious talking to do.



There is no telling what secrets they shared! Annie was serious about wanting to run with them but they were not in the mood.


Hey! Come on guys, let's run!







I noticed just before dinner tonight that she had been lying around and something just wasn't right. I started wondering if she was trying to tell me something today by going outside. Kind of like doing some favorite things one more time.

Joe and I have discussed it. He was going to take her to see Jason tomorrow but we are going to wait until Saturday since I have to work Friday. We both know it is time. Now is the time we have to be brave, very brave. For Annie. We have to make this hard decision for Annie. We both agree that we do not want her in pain. We both agree that we feel that she is in pain, more than we know. So, my friends, as the new years starts we are facing a tough weekend. But it is part of the deal. The deal of being a responsible pet owner. It's the hard part of the deal, but it is one that we accept because we love her so much.

I might take a few days off from blogging, I just don't know. I will let you guys know what is going on with her but it will be through many tears. But also through many precious memories of 7 years with an incredible baby. Our Annie.


Zanejabbers said...

Talking with Dakota. Oh my, how precious. Lovely pictures. I am so glad you have shared so many of them with all of us. Chins up my dear, letting go is the hardest thing in the world, but you have the right attitude. Dollie and Scott's Chester are waiting to play. God Bless.

Daniela said...

I never seem to have the right words for this kind of situation, and this is what I do for a living. In all my years in veterinary medicine, this is always the hardest part.

Only you, your family and your veterinarian know exactly what Annie is telling you. Just listen to her. She is speaking loud and clear.

You have some wonderful photos. Be proud, you are a good mama.

Flying Lily said...

O how it hurts. She is happy now and you will keep her from the doorstep of suffering - that is good. Be strong.

Karen said...

I'm so sorry. You have had a heck of a lot going on the past week. Annie is so blessed to have you in her life. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

Pam said...

I do believe the picture of her with her head thru the fence is my favorite picture of Annie to date. There is just something in her expression there that I really love. She is such a beautiful girl. How blessed you and your family have been to have her in your life.
I'm so sorry you are going thru this.

Anonymous said...

What a heart-breaking thing to face. But what beautiful pictures and memories you have of her. Take comfort in knowing that when the time comes you're doing the best thing for Annie. If only we could be equally kind and selfless with the humans in our lives sometimes.

dAAve said...

Doing the next right thing is ALL you can do.
Be at peace with that.

Bill said...

I'm so glad you shared those pictures with us. Annie looks so pretty!
Annie is a lucky soul to have owners that are willing to make the right decision at the right time. It's not easy.
You always do the right things for your beloved animals, and Dave is right - just keep doing the next right thing, honey.

Jen said...

Live in the moment. Remember the memories. Keep us posted. I'll say a prayer for you and Joe.

Laura said...

Thinking of you and yours as you go through this passage of life we wish to avoid.

Annie had a beautiful life with the best possible scenario a pet could ever imagine.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. But like you said when we give a pet a home we care for them until the end. And we must keep their best interest in mind when they are suffering.

CindyDianne said...

With tears in my ears, I pray for you. Peace - that your decision is the right one. Knowledge - that Annie deserves the very best and that this is it. Truth - that you've been a wonderful loving caretaker for such a wonderful friend. Continued wisdom - that you will always know when the time is right for such a difficult decision. Bravery - to face it even though your own pain will be immense. Amazing grace - that is always yours for the asking.

fernvalley01 said...

I have no words for you to ease the pain just know that your love for Annie and hers for you is the strength behind this decision. Such a tough time you are having these days. Kepping you in my thoughts and prayers,Hugs to you and Annie

Lou said...

She is a beautiful girl & and has been a faithful friend. I'm so sorry.

Syd said...

I'm very sorry about Annie. She looks happy though. Maybe she is telling you that she isn't ready yet. I hope that's the case.

Natarojo said...

What a beautiful girl. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Enjoy the time you have left together.

MichelleSG said...

Hug her tight and give her lots of love. You both stay strong, much love to your family!

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

It hurts much because you love much.

Don't let the next few days color 7 years of wonderful memories.



Chef said...

My heart is breaking for you, Joe and Annie. All I can say is that please stay strong during this terribly difficult time. And always remember that Annie knows how much you love her and will leave you, feeling grateful for the seven years of love and joy you gave her, and for the ultimate act of love.

It's almost unbearable for me to think of how you must feel. My heart and all my prayers are with you.


Mogsie said...

((Hugs)) and prayers from an internet stranger ~