Sunday, May 2, 2010

Always a Little Late... a thank you note.

Do you know that I love love love love love you? I want to send a great big ~THANK YOU~ to all your sweet, supportive, encouraging words about the loss of my pet. You really have no idea how much it has meant to me. This past week has been a very tough one.

My husband, as you know, is sometimes away doing his National Guard duties. I am left at home without my best friend. Being the independent soul that I am, one would assume that it wouldn't bother me very much to have the house to myself. But on the contrary, I am often not the most mentally or emotionally stable person, having a deep history of depression and nerve problems.

So, on Wednesday, when I had to hold my beautiful, young boxer in my arms and watch him die, I was left in a heap of an emotional mess. He was not even two years old. Playful and incredibly sweet. A beautiful tiger stripe brindle. Being the stubborn boy that he was, he did the very thing that he knew not to do, and was hit by a vehicle. I will spare you (and myself) the details. But, thank the dear Lord above, we got him to the vet before the pain really set in. My husband and I do not have the money for, nor could I bear to put my boy through the pain of major surgery and extensive recovery time. So I made the decision to let him go.

I know that there are much much worse things than losing a pet. And under different circumstances, this loss may not have weighed so heavy on me. But until my husband finally made it home on Friday evening, I was a complete mess. And, still, I am crying as I write this. I didn't realize before how much that dog kept me company and comforted me when my husband was not home. As much as he drove me crazy, he also made me laugh and showed me unconditional love. Its amazing how humans and animals can share such deep bonds.

I truly appreciate your kind words and warm thoughts. Its also amazing how humans who have never met can share such deep bonds, too. Thank you, from the bottom of my broken heart.

~Now. This right here marks my 250th post. And I know I promised you guys a giveaway to mark the occasion. But in light of last weeks happenings, I have not had the time nor the sanity to prepare for the giveaway that I had planned. So, if you don't mind waiting just a little longer, I do have a giveaway in the works that I am pretty excited about. And if you will check back in with me this week, I will try my very best to get it ready for you. I know that prizes aren't the most important thing in life either. But its the least I can do for such an amazing, wonderful, sweet bunch of readers.

xoxo ~Jo~ xoxo

*photo from La La Lovely.

8 comments:

Julia (Color Me Green) said...

not even two years old? :-( that really is too bad. glad your husband is home now.

Elise said...

No-one should underestimate the grief you can feel when you lose a pet. Sure, I suppose there are worse things than losing a pet, but it's up pretty high on the list. Let yourself grieve and don't apologise for it.

I feel the same about the whole 'people who have never met sharing bonds' (I accidentally just typed a g instead of a d in 'bonds'. People who share bongs. Whoops!). You guys are like the friends I never get to see. I tell you just as much, if not more, than the actual people in my face-to-face life!

Sarah Klassen said...

Oh dear, now I'm crying while I'm reading this...

I am so so sorry for the loss of your little one. I believe God blessed us with kinship and an appreciation and love for one another. Though I know that at a difficult time, this is so minuscule, I am sending you a cyber hug :)

xoxo

la la Lovely said...

Oh... I'm so so sorry...that is so hard. Dogs are such a part of families. And it's always so hard when they have to leave us. Prayers and hugs!!!
xx Trina

Jen said...

Oh Sweetie, the loss!! I'm so sorry. There's nothing like losing a family pet. We grow so close to them. I'm so proud of you for sharing though! We're here for you!!

As for your giveaway, we can wait. Take your time and heal. Love ya!

Amy @ Varnish said...

You'll be sad for a while. I was too. Our boxer's name was luci and she was about 2 when we had to put her down as well. Horribly sad. I'm so sad for you honey.

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