Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sad, very, very sad...

This is a painful post to write, and I contemplated saying nothing here at all but thought that would be a cop out.

On Wednesday afternoon, our beautiful Spencer will make the trip across the rainbow bridge, held gently by his parents (Himself and I) and assisted by Dr. Sue who has given him such loving care for the last nine years.

Our boy has gone everywhere with us since he arrived in August 2008 after Cassie's passing, and he has been the dearest and finest of companions, but helping him on this last journey is the most loving thing we can do.

Last month, moving about became difficult for him, and off to Dr. Sue we went. Tests were done and a small osteosarcoma in his right shoulder was identified. A second set of tests carried out yesterday showed clearly that the cancer had expanded aggressively.

For the moment, our sweet little guy is on morphine, and he is resting comfortably for the most part, but his comfort will be short lived, and we will help him on his way in a day or two. In the meantime, we are heartbroken and inconsolable. A world without our (in the immortal words of Chaucer) "veray parfit gentil knight" does not bear thinking about.

27 comments:

Wendi said...

I'm so sorry, Cate. Very sad news. My heart is breaking for you.

Barbara Rogers said...

Sad also, as I remember all the times this has been the transition of relationships between us, my 4 pawed friends who have loved and given so magnificently of their lives to me and mine. May this transition for you and your beautiful hound be gentle and full of grace, celebrating all the love you've shared.

Beth Owl's Daughter said...

Oh, tears in my eyes reading this, Cate. This is the hardest act of guardianship we ever have to do, and my heart breaks for you and your sweet boy.

Hail and farewell, beautiful Spencer. May your journey be gentle, and all your beloveds waiting in the golden fields of Summer welcome you with joy.

What in the World said...

I am heartbroken for you Cate. What a blessing you have been in each other's lives! My love, thoughts and prayers are with you, Himself and beautiful Spencer.

kerrdelune said...

Spencer is in distress, and morphine is not holding it at bay, so he will cross the bridge tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. How we are dreading it, but it is the loving compassionate thing to do, and we are doing it.

Tabor said...

Stay brave. So sorry for this. I loved the photos of his enthusiasm for the great outdoors and for being at your side. You are joining a club of many who have lost a precious pet.

Belle said...

So much love your way as you do this brave and compassionate and difficult thing.

Mystic Meandering said...

Cate, so sorry that you have to go through this now... to say goodbye to your wonderful companion, Spencer, who has been with you for so long... It is the most compassionate thing to do - to help him pass over. I know he will receive a loving send off as he journeys on...
Big Heart Hugs to all... <3

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

You are a dear and compassionate friend to your Spencer. Bless you.

Marsha said...

I am so very sorry - your dear companion, though, is lucky that you are there for him.
My heart is with you all.

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

Thinking of you
so sorry about your Spencer...

Elliot Tanager said...

Oh what a sad thing. We are all crying here now. A dog's time with us is so precious and so fleeting.

Shell said...

I am sorry to hear about Spencer. I feel like I known him through your posts about all the things that you and Spencer did together. He is a beautiful dog and soul. I know you will miss him. I believe that our animal friends, even when they physically leave us, still stay with us in spirit. Much love to you, Cate.

Tracie Nichols said...

Holding you all in my heart. Gentle journey Spencer....

Rain said...

So sorry for your news. It's the tough part of having these loved parts of our families

Pamela Brooke said...

Honoring Spencer's life as your adventurous companion and holding his passing and your grief (shared with us, as we feel we know him too) very dear. He'll be missed!

Debbie said...

Ohhhhhh, Big Sister, (((((( Cate ))))))))....

While I'm very glad you told us (thank you!!), I'm so very sorry to hear this sad, sad news. I, too, shall miss hearing about Spencer and seeing photos of him.

I remember your great fondness for his big sister, Cassie, and trust she shall be there to meet him and to help love you thru on Thursday (and probably before that) (and probably after that).

Sending so much love, warm thoughts, prayers, and fierce hugs.

I dearly love you,
Little Sister
who is trustin' in Grace

donna said...

So sorry. it is an awful thing to lose our furry friends. I've held them in my arms as they go -- at least it will be peaceful. I'm so sorry...

Kameshwari said...

This is indeed, sad to hear. I remember when Spencer first came into these pages after Cassie left. He held such a royal stance. Thank you for sharing this news with us. Holding you in my thoughts and heart.

sarah said...

(((Hugs))) I am so very sorry for your sad news :-( Spencer is lucky to be surrounded by such love. Wishing you strength and peace.

Kiki said...

Cate, I want to hold and (((hug))) you - bringing one's pet to the vet for his final outing is just so heart-breaking.... I'm crying with you thinking and reading about the love and utter dedication our pets give us for so many years. I always felt in your posts how Spencer was a very special friend - and part of your love for him is not letting him suffer longer than he needs to. Wishing you strength and Spencer a fine afterlife. Kiki

Cathy said...

So very sorry to hear this. So sad to lose our canine children. May your memories comfort you.

Pienosole said...

I'm sad for Spencer's suffering and your loss. Sending you a big hug.

Riognach said...

Much condolence and comfort to you and to Spencer, whom you love so dearly and faithfully. Lost my Taffy 4 years ago and still grieve for her although her release from this realm was as essential as his now is. Sending you hugs, prayers, and prayers for Spencer's spirit as he begins his newest journey.

The Furry Gnome said...

Never easy. Our dog left us this winter.

Maggie Emm said...

So sorry to hear about Spencer - I remember when he came to you. What a wonderful life he has had with you! xxxx

Lindsay said...

Such love. How it shines. I wish you peace in knowing how splendidly you shared your life with Spencer.