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fleur

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I just found this website, what a wonderful place.

Last week I came home from work and immediately knew something was wrong. Only two canine voices were beckoning to me from behind the baby gate instead of the usual three. I immediately rushed to the hallway and found my Georgia laying there, unable to rise. Her abdomen was misshapen, but not tight. Her gums were ghost white. My instincts as an RN told me that she was bleeding internally. I called my husband who was around the corner and we rushed her to the emergency clinic.

Not even an hour passed before my worst fears were confirmed. An x-ray revealed a large mass in her abdomen, so large in fact that her intestined were displaced and shoved into a tiny corner of her belly. An abdominal tap revealed that she was bleeding internally. Her lymph nodes were all swollen, some with masses. The diagnosis: a large abdominal tumor what had likely ruptured some organ resulting in the bleeding. At 12 years of age, the prognosis was grim. We made the only decision we could and said our goodbyes.

Georgia was my dog. We often joked I should have named her Shadow because she followed me everywhere. In the end, she was relaxed in my arms when the vet ended her pain and she crossed the bridge. As we left the clinic and began the lonely drive home, a million emotions flooded me.

Suddenly I had to laugh through my tears when I realized what song was on the radio. I shook my head in disbelief as I listened to the familiar tune "Midnight Train to Georgia". I pointed it out to my husband who shared my disbelief and asked if I wanted to turn it off. "No", I told him. "She is letting us know she's ok now."

I miss Georgia terribly every day. However, I am grateful for several things. Her cancer did not seem painful. In fact, she had no symptoms of anything being amiss until that fateful afternoon. Second, I am grateful that I did not arrive home a few hours later to have found a dog that had bled out and died alone. I had the opportunity to say goodbye and to hold her in my arms when she took her final breath. Strangely, that peaceful memory gives me comfort. I am grateful that I found this website, and will be having my own candle ceremony to remember Georgia and the beloved pets that went before her. Mostly, I am just grateful that I knew her, and that for a while she was my shadow.
Jacki

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Dear fleur,


     I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.  I lost my precious Baby Bunz November 3rd. Like you I had a shadow. I was the only one he took to from the day we got him. His loss has been terrible for me. I know the song you're speaking of, and I too believe that is a sign. I know our babies are doing wonderfully over the rainbow bridge, but we still long for them everyday. You and your family will be in my prayers, and I will light a candle for Georgia here tomorrow night at the candle ceremony.


                            Bunny Snuggles,

                       Jacki, Baby Bunz Mommy

                             
Nancee

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Sorry for your loss of Georgia. Thankfully, she didn't suffer too long and you took such good care of her. Take care.

dianae2002

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Dear Fleur,

I'm sorry for your loss. Georgia was surely a wonderful dog and I'm glad she did not suffer with her illness. It was such a difficult thing to let her go, but at least you could be there with her, and I'm sure she appreciated that. She's now happy and healthy again... and she will always be with you...
 
Diana Jessie and Neko's mom.
basil

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Dear Fleur,

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Georgia...shadow.  It made me cry when I read about the song on the way home.  What a clever girl she is.

You did the only thing that you could of done, and the final gift of holding her while she passed.  Thinking of you and your Husband at this sad time.  Much love, Di xxx
MosMom

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I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF GEORGIA'S PASSING.....WE LOVE THEM AS OUR CHILDREN AND NOTHING CAN EVER BEGIN TO PREPARE US FOR OUR LOSS.  HOW VERY LUCKY YOU WERE TO HAVE HAD ONE ANOTHER.  PLEASE KNOW YOU WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS....TANYA, MO'S MOM

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