My old Lab, Kate, went to the Rainbow Bridge at 11:30 AM this morning (August 30, 2012 @ 12-1/2 years old). She was diagnosed this week with a severe case of diabetes. The only option was to try to regulate it by insulin shots. Couldn't put her through that at her age and just could not stand to see her deteriorate further with the diabetes and knowing she would never be better...would only get worse. Was breaking my heart. The decision was coming sooner or later. She was peeing huge amounts and couldn't control it at times and drinking so much water and wearing herself out wanting to go outside to pee. She was embarrassed when she lost control in the house. She took the longest time to eat her food this morning...so fatigued. Slept on the deck all morning. After much prayerful thought over the last couple of days, I knew it was time to let her go.
We made the journey to the vet's together (just she and I) with lots of tears, a peanut butter bone, lots of rubs around the ears, a thank you for helping me get through some very rough times and a final goodbye kiss. The vet made a comment to her when she was giving her the final shot, "You're going to be with Daddy now." She was always very close to my husband, Lewis and grieved for so long after he died. She will be cremated.
This I know.....Katie had a good life. She had a good friend (Ellen) to grow up with and a family that loved her. She was a wonderful dog. I will miss her terribly.
The price I pay for a priceless gift.
I feel much sadness, but now I must journey on with my Lilly. So glad I have her.
Kate....Run Free ...Until we meet again.
Kate wrote a story several months ago. Some of you have already read it. If you would like to read it, click on kates story at Take Care of Your Dog.com
Mom of Lilly, Kate and Ellen
(Kate crossed over the Bridge August 30, 2012
(Ellen crossed over the Bridge June 9, 2009)
My precious Lilly....Born: February 13, 2011
I am so very sorry. RIP Kate, run free pretty girl.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
I'm so sorry. This was the verse on one of the cards we recieved when we lost Bruce.
Grieve not nor think of me with tears
I have but gone before
To lead the way
'twas heaven here with you.
I am so sorry but it shows how much you loved her to make that decision. It is really hard. I have only had my Molly a week but already love her so much. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'm sorry for your loss. Run free, Kate.
I'm so sorry, it is so hard to lose them. Her picture made me smile though, she looks just like "Daisy" the first yellow lab my parents had when I was a little girl. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Run free sweet girl.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Katie. She knew she was loved. Because you loved her so much, you made the selfless decision to not let her suffer. We never have them long enough. Godspeed, Kate.
I am so very sorry for your loss.