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Minnie 1995-2008

nancy in AZ

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It is with profound sorrow that I write to inform you that I let my precious little spotted girl go today. I held her in my arms while she passed gently from this world. She started to decline Fri evening. I took her into the vet when I found her practically immobile Sat morning. Her liver had become enlarged and she apparently was in the beginning stages of renal failure. I'll miss seeing the little puffs of dust that used emanate from her back feet as they struck the ground when she trotted ahead of me on our trail. RIP my Minnie. I'll always cherish the time we had together.




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I got to the gate of heaven today,

After we said good-bye.

I began to miss you terribly,

Because I heard you cry.


Suddenly there was an angel,

And she asked me to enter Heaven's gate.

I asked her if I could wait outside

For someone who would be late.


I wouldn't make much noise, you see,

I wouldn't bark or howl,

I'll only wait here patiently,

And play with my tennis ball.


The angel said I could stay right here

And wait for you to come,

Because Heaven just wouldn't be Heaven

If I went in alone.


So I'll wait right here, you take your time,

But keep me in your heart,

Because Heaven just wouldn't be Heaven

Without you to warm my heart.


Via con Dios, precious little one...

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thank you all for your well wishes and condolences. They are very comforting in such a difficult and emotional time. You see, a hard situation was made even worse because I felt like I had to argue with the vet to euthanize her. This vet was new to the practice--I'd had a total of 15 minutes of prior contact with him before this. He wanted to do continue doing tests, continue IV fluid over a period of days, continue a course of steroids etc. But he didn't see her all weekend while we were waiting for bloodwork to come back, too weak to go more than a few steps before having to lie down, refusing food and water, and this is what haunts me...she barely slept. Post mortem it was detemined that she had a tumor on her liver that had ruptured. I appreciated that he called me to let me know that I had made the right decision.

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So very sorry for your loss, Minnie looks like the sweetest girl, big hugs to you.


Don't know if it makes any difference or not but what you describe sounds like hemangiosarcoma, and she was bleeding out ; -( having had a dog that had this, I can promise you that you made the right decision, so I don't think you need ever second guess yourself, it was the right thing to do. Once again so very sorry for you loss.



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I had made the right decision.

When we have been so close to another being, whether that being is human or animal, a bond arises that defies comprehension. Unspoken feelings seem to flow, and we know our companion's wishes without the need to doubt ourselves. Our vet always told us that our dogs would tell us when it was time; and to date she has been right. I am reminded of the following poem, one that should always guide this most difficult of decisions:


If it should be that I grow weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done,

For this final battle cannot be won.


You will be sad, I understand.

Don't let your grief then stay your hand.

For this day, more than all the rest,

Your love for me must stand the test.


We've had so many happy years,

What is to come can hold no fears.

You'd not want me to suffer so.

The time has come, please let me go.


Take me where my need they'll tend

And please stay with me until the end.

Hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes no longer can see.


I know in time that you will see

The kindness that you did for me.

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.


Please do not grieve it must be you

Who had this painful thing to do.

We've been so close, we two these years,

Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

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