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Loving the summer sunshine
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Carol-Ann



Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
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This photo was taken on the back porch of our home a few days before moving to the new home.


This picture is typical of our fur child's sense of adventure and love of sunshine!


He's an American Cocker Spaniel and reached the age of 12 years, 5 months to the day he was born, and it's been a privilege, honour and blessing to be owned by him.


He had to be euthanized suddenly last evening [Nov 15] and his spirit has now retured to his Creator and mine.


I pray with all my heart we'll be re-united some day, because my heart is breaking right now and it's too quiet around here. I miss him... there are no words to describe how much he meant to me and to my family.


We love you, we will always love you.
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Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Thu November 16, 2006 9:50am

In my colosal stupidity and overwhelming grief, I forgot to mention his name when posting the picture:


His name is "Q the Omnipotent", but we usually just referred to him as "Q". He was born June 15 94 and lived 12 years, 5 months to the day he was born.


We also referred to him as 'our little ray of sunshine' and 'our angel in a fur coat'.


We named him 'Q' from the charactor in Star Trek: The Next Generation - full of mischief and pushing to see how far he could go.


As a member of the family he had all the rights and priviliges: he could go where he pleased, do as he pleased, sleep where he pleased - no restrictions. Nothing was off limits. He was the 'king of our castle'.


When he was diagnosed with Crone's disease and a gluten intolerance back in March, I set about preparing home cooked dinners, and taking delight in watching him enjoy his meals.


Getting him to take his meds for the other chronic ailments was always a challenge: I never did learn the ability to get him to take pills, we had to hide them in various foods. And he was good in discovering them and spitting out the pills much like you'd spit a watermelon seed. It was actually quite funny! We hid them in peanut butter, frozen yogurt, tinned salmon, tuna and sardines. We tried in sauceges, meatballs, chunks of chicken and turkey. We tried roasted foods, chili and so on... and eventually he'd discover the pills and not eat it.


Finally a week ago we put some of his meds in Caramilk sections. He had a love of chocolate and we indulged him in white chocolate only, and white chocolate fudge too.


Then he had a very bad reaction to the codeine he was on for the pulmonary problems and the expanding tumour and chronic coughing. Finally his digestive sytem began to collapse and he began sloughing off the intestinal lining. A histimine reaction and histimine cascade began and he started shutting down. A frantic call to the Vet's office last evening and a miserable drive there and we were with him to the end. To the end he was affectionate and loving.


We're all just completely devastated and mourning the loss of a fur child who filled our home and our lives with love and loyalty.


Sleep well in God my beloved Q - I hope to be united with you one day as I know I will be united with family and friends.


Thank you God for giving Q to us. You are awesome!
sylvester

Registered: October 2006
Location: Malta
Posts: 30
Sat November 18, 2006 11:42am

Hi, sorry for the sad loss of your dog. A month ago I also lost my cat that I loved for the last 15 years. I can imagine the great loss that you are feeling but hopefully we will meet them again someday.
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Tue November 21, 2006 9:10am

Thank you kindly sylvester for your kind words. I know what you're going through - and sadly only one who is going through such a profound loss understands the depth of grief another feels.


I'm sorry to hear you lost a sweet little companion too... and I hope all those who have lost a loving companion can see their heart's hope one day. I keep in my prayers this Scripture: With God all things are possible.


In the meantime we go through each day taking a minute at a time...
Sky Cap

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 7
Wed November 22, 2006 10:43pm

Hi, Sorry for your loss of 'Q'...I know the feeling of having a piece of your heart missing....I had my Rottweiler/German Shepherd Roxanne put to sleep Monday evening 11/20/06....she was 9 1/2 years old and had HD and arthritis very bad and was in pain...I feel I freed her from her pain to romp at the Rainbow Bridge until I get there....be strong and keep 'Q' forever in your heart....I know you and your family are forever in his.
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Sat December 23, 2006 3:28pm

Thank you Sky Capfor your kind words... this is the first time I've been back here in a while. I've been having a very difficult time coping and coming to grips with this loss. Sometimes it seems unreal, sometimes it seems too real, other times it's as if he's boarding at the Vets and he'll be back home with us. I've never felt pain and emptiness like this. It's not so much a hole in my heart it's a crater.


This Board is a blessing in that we can talk about our beloved furchildren and look at their pictures, enjoy the memories and weep openly without fear of ridicule. Q is in our hearts as Roxanne is in yours- forever and cherished.


It's been 5 1/2 weeks since he's gone and it's not getting any easier......


Sky Cap - stay strong, and thanks for your kindness Smile
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Wed January 17, 2007 3:14pm

It will be be nine weeks tonight at 20:00 hrs EST when our lives were turned upside down.


We miss our furchild to the depth of our being and wish with all our hearts here was still here with us.


Our beautiful Q - loved by all who met him: always happy and his tail always wagging.


12 years, 5 months is not long enough.


We love you beloved Q - now and always; and we pray our Creator God joins us together one day again because right now we're aching inside.
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Wed January 24, 2007 5:46pm

My beautiful beloved, it's been 10 weeks since you left - 10 weeks exactly as I type. Sometimes it feels like I'll go crazy from grief and sorrow. I miss him beyond words.


You are a treasure God loaned us. Father, how I miss this little guy..... thank you for him, please let us here see our 'angel in a fur coat' again, our puppyboy, little prince, our constant ray of sunshine... our little boy.



he really truly was awesome - a reflection of you. Thank you God!
rays89

Registered: June 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 54
Thu January 25, 2007 9:24pm

Carol Ann
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I do know how you feel. Q sounds like Barley "loved by all who met him: always happy and his tail always wagging" I think the only flaw with Cockers is they don't seem to live long enough But then even 100yrs doesn't seem enough.
When Barley died I was overcome with sadness and felt lost. Slowly in time The sadness was being replaced with happy memories, and gratitude. Barley also gave me years of happiness But I know that I also gave him happiness. I know Barley wouldn't want me to be sad. I beleive he wants me to remember the good times and be grateful for time we had together. While there still is sadness and yes I do miss him. I'll always have the gratitude.
You will see Q again. But probably right now he is hanging out with some Cream colored Cocker having fun causing "Cocker Mayhem"
rays89

Registered: June 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 54
Thu January 25, 2007 9:24pm

Carol Ann
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I do know how you feel. Q sounds like Barley "loved by all who met him: always happy and his tail always wagging" I think the only flaw with Cockers is they don't seem to live long enough But then even 100yrs doesn't seem enough.
When Barley died I was overcome with sadness and felt lost. Slowly in time The sadness was being replaced with happy memories, and gratitude. Barley also gave me years of happiness But I know that I also gave him happiness. I know Barley wouldn't want me to be sad. I beleive he wants me to remember the good times and be grateful for time we had together. While there still is sadness and yes I do miss him. I'll always have the gratitude.
You will see Q again. But probably right now he is hanging out with some Cream colored Cocker having fun causing "Cocker Mayhem"
rays89

Registered: June 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 54
Thu January 25, 2007 10:39pm

Carol Ann
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I do know how you feel. Q sounds like Barley "loved by all who met him: always happy and his tail always wagging" I think the only flaw with Cockers is they don't seem to live long enough But then even 100yrs doesn't seem enough.
When Barley died I was overcome with sadness and felt lost. Slowly in time The sadness was being replaced with happy memories, and gratitude. Barley also gave me years of happiness But I know that I also gave him happiness. I know Barley wouldn't want me to be sad. I beleive he wants me to remember the good times and be grateful for time we had together. While there still is sadness and yes I do miss him. I'll always have the gratitude.
You will see Q again. But probably right now he is hanging out with some Cream colored Cocker having fun causing "Cocker Mayhem"
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Fri January 26, 2007 5:19pm

'Cocker Mayhem" I love it!! Thank you for your kind words, but also for putting a smile on my face for the first time in what seems like forever! And you're right - 100 years wouldn't be enough.


My hubby and I read your note together, and although we're both sobbing, there are a lot of really wonderful memories.


Thank you again Smile
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Fri January 26, 2007 5:19pm

'Cocker Mayhem" I love it!! Thank you for your kind words, but also for putting a smile on my face for the first time in what seems like forever! And you're right - 100 years wouldn't be enough.


My hubby and I read your note together, and although we're both sobbing, there are a lot of really wonderful memories.


Thank you again Smile
rays89

Registered: June 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 54
Fri January 26, 2007 7:12pm

Carol-Ann
Your Welcome
I'm sorry for the triple post. Those happy memories are a gift from Q and they will last you a lifetime. Q wanted you to have them, I know because thats a gift Barley gave me.
I know how your feeling. When I lost Barley I found some Cocker Spaniel groups on Yahoo.com The people I met there gave me alot of support during my time of grief and sadnesss.
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Wed January 31, 2007 7:07pm

It's 10 weeks now as I type... and the grief is just overwhelming. I've been at loose ends all day. I want to hold him but my arms are empty...


If you still have those links to the Yahoo support groups, please write to the moderator of this web site, and tell him I give him permission to give you my e-mail address.


John - if you're reading this, please pass along the info? thanks.


On Wednesdays I just go to pieces, I can't explain it... but everything changed on a Wednesday evening 10 weeks ago...
Carol-Ann

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 247
Wed January 31, 2007 7:10pm

My beloved... what I wouldn't give to have you here again... miss you enormously...
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