Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So long, best friend

In the summer of 2003, I brought home a four month old puppy and named him Bosco. He quickly became the reigning star around here for the next eleven years. However, diabetes has robbed him of his sight, and now of the circulation in his back leg. Tomorrow I will go with him to the vet to say goodbye. I am heartbroken, and shall miss him more than I can express. It is awfully hard to let him go.


25 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, my heart goes out to you. i know that pain too well. they can never be with us long enough. bless you...

Cloudia said...

Taking my (previous) kitty friend, Boat Kitty to the vet "to find out what's going on" and discovering that she had advanced cancer was a day I choke up remembering. Be there for your friend. Hold him. Love him in the safety of your arms to the end as you promised. You can cry out later and you will.
This is one time that I wish we could be in one place together. It is life and life's terms. How do we mend that broken heart? Time does bring the wonderful times we shared with them. And How do you? Find another. That sounds callous but is wise. Nit perhaps the first one, but rescue a new friend! <3

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

They become such a big part of our family that it's heartbreaking when its time for them to go. I'll be thinking of you and Bosco, hugs. xoxox

Helen said...

Dear Shay,
My heart is aching for you.

hedgewitch said...

I know how much Bosco has been to you, Shay--companion and friend, the world's very best dog, loving, smart, protective and full of fun. Soon you will be able to remember him as that puppy whose tail never stopped wagging, and not the way he is now, and know you did the hardest thing ever, but the one you had to. Hugs to you both, dear BFF.

Poet Laundry said...

Oh, Shay...my heart aches for you. No doubt he has been well-loved. Hugs.

ellen abbott said...

Oh no, not Bosco. I am so sorry Shay. sad sad

Sioux said...

Shay--I saw the title pop up on my sidebar, and gasped.

After you send Bosco onto his next adventure--such a horribly hard thing for his people to do--he will be able to run and see and will get unlimited treats and unlimited work to do (since dogs like Bosco LOVE to work).

I am so sorry for your tomorrow. But what a life Bosco had. When a dog is well-loved, there's no better life...

ayala said...

I am so sorry. I feel your heartbreak. My thoughts are with Bosco and with you. Hugs.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Shay, I am in tears. For you, for darling Bosco, and for Pup. It is so hard to lose them. Bosco was the best-loved dog ever. You gave him a wonderful life and he gave you his whole heart. I am so sorry.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

i will shed tears with you for Sherry and i commiserate. we speak about the love we have for our kids (Sherry's Pup and my Jules). my jules is presently blind and deaf and as i was reading this my wife called me because my jules was having a siezure. my heart hurts for you, hurts for Sherry, hurts hurts hurts. all i can do is send heartfelt embraces your way.

keep us abreast of your heart. we are here for you

:-)

mac said...

I'm so sorry, Shay.

Margaret said...

Do you wear jewelry? If so, clip some hair and save it. I will send you a locket and you can put a tiny photo and a clip of hair inside. My daughter did this and it means the world to her.

Lynn said...

Oh FB - I'm so sorry. My heart sank when I read the title - I was afraid that's what it would be. Bosco - I loved reading about him - a fine, faithful companion.

Shadow said...

My heart goes out to you. This is one the hardest and most painful things. These guys creep order our skin and touch our soul, and then leave a gap that takes time to heal. Love and hugs, you are in my thoughts, V

Shadow said...

My heart goes out to you. This is one the hardest and most painful things. These guys creep order our skin and touch our soul, and then leave a gap that takes time to heal. Love and hugs, you are in my thoughts, V

Carol Steel said...

Oh, no! I'm sorry for this hard choice and this sorrow. My heart aches for your pain and loss. It is great love for your companion that allows you to take away his pain and leave you with your own. I'm sorry for the agony of what this separation brings to you. Hugs and supportive energy.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I am so very sorry for you both on this day, Shay. Such partings are hugely painful - to the point where I feel I want no more dogs in my life; losing them is like losing an infant child. Too soon, too soon.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

These canine companions become such a part of our lives and so loved. What a good and loving life you gave Bosco and how he loved to reciprocate that gift. Cherish the memories, yes, but I'm sorry for your grief.

Marion said...

I'm so sad for your loss. I feel your pain. My best friend kitty disappeared in April and I still mourn him. Hugs & Blessings. xo

Sara said...

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss! It is so hard to lose our animal buddies and I know Bosco was one of your best friends.

Not only that, making this decision is one of the toughest things I've ever done.

I agree with Cloudia. This is a time when I wish I could REALLY hug you, but will settle upon a virtual hug that comes directly from my heart.

Be at peace, Bosco.

Mama Zen said...

I've know I've already said it a 100 times,but I'm sorry, honey. I'm so, so sorry.

Mr Puddy said...

Shay, me & my mom are deeply sorry for your loss. It's heart broken to know Bosco went to rainbow bridge. I sending soft purrs to you for this difficult time.
(((( Hug ))))

K9friend said...

Shay, my heart goes out to you. We have our little furry friends for such a short time, yet the love they give us lasts forever.

Thinking of you...

Pat
Critter Alley

The Dancing Donkey said...

I think you know just how much I share your grief. It is a dog's one true fault tat they do not stay with us long enough. My heartfelt condolences to you and your friend.