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Hello Friends,
Susie is our beloved Scottie/Westie mix dog whom we've had since she was a nine-week-old puppy. In the last few months she had been slowing down due to old age, and we had to consider the decision to euthanize her. Thankfully we were spared the agony of that decision.
With mixed emotions I have to report that Susie died at home peacefully in my arms at 11:30 Thursday morning 05/08/08 after a one-day vigil in which she didn't want to eat but gratefully swallowed dropperfuls of water, and during which I held the soft, warm vessel of her spirit for many hours just feeling her breathing and her heartbeat and sending her peaceful farewell energy.
Nature took its course. Susie just wound down like a little clock and didn't suffer, and seemed to be aware I was holding her and caressing her and seemed to be comforted by that. I know I was. It's fitting that the final hours were private, the way so much of our life together had been; just Susie and me connected as always with wordless intuition and mutual understanding, .
More than "just a dog", she was a family member and always will be a part of my spirit. Even though my arms are empty now, she will always fill my heart.
In an odd bit of numerical comfort, I know that she lived 6,798 days. That's eighteen years, seven months and eleven days, or 971 weeks. She was born on a Thursday, September 28, 1989 and died on a Thursday, May 8, 2008.
Thanks for caring and praying for her. I'm very grateful for the way The Susie Chapter ended.
~~Diane & Steve

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Dear Diane and Steve,

Your deeply moving post about your Susie brought me to tears.  I am so sorry for your loss.  As painful as it is to be without your precious little girl, her passing on her own, in the loving arms and presence of her mom and dad must surely have been a blessing to all of you.  Would that all of us could have experienced with our babies such a peaceful transition.  Her long life clearly shows that she was much loved and dearly cared for.  May all the cherished memories that you all made together and the love you shared rise up to comfort you.  Susie's love and spirit are with you for always.

With deepest sympathy and hugs,
Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever

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I'm so sorry that you lost your dearest Susie.  No matter how long we have them, it is never enough time.  I know that you must be hurting terrible.  Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers, Golda's mom


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Thank you for the kind replies. I have come here for the Monday night ceremony a few times now and sobbed each time. This is harder than I imagined it would be. But "they" say it's a process of grieving, so I'm letting the process happen. Blessings and comfort to all who know this painful loss.


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 I am so very sorry for your loss. I understand and feel your pain. I prayed for my baby to pass in her sleep but, God had other plans. I had to make the difficult decision to put her to sleep on May 2, 2008. Our babies were close in age, Daq was born August 1989 and passed away May 2, 2008. Maybe the two have met and are now running and playing together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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I am so sorry for the loss of Susie.  However they pass does not make the grief any easier to bear, but I am glad Susie did it on her own terms.  Thinking of you, Di xxx

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