Today we went to the park and our veterinarian met us there to put dear Sable to sleep.
We got there at 11:00 am and we went for a walk in the woods near the river. Although almost blind his sense of smell was as good as ever. We wondered through the woods for a while and then started back to Sweet Pea’s tree, named after another loving dog from our past. My wife Kerry, our vet and the vet tech were all waiting, so we sat on the blanket and he settled down while a needle went in his leg. He looked up at us and gave the look of trust that he so often gave when something was happening he was not confortable with but knew we thought it best. The sedative began to take effect as I rubbed his ears, the thing he liked the most. He became calm and the second fluid of death drifted into his body. As the tears of humans came down he moved into another world not controlled by man but by God and he slowly –left- us.
He has been with us just over 5 years but has bonded deeply into our family.
He was now 16, has had diabetes for a year, cancer for a few months and is going blind.
Pain is beginning to rack his body and it seems the happy days are behind him.
As dog lovers everywhere know it is so very difficult to make a decision to end the life of your animal, your friend, and your companion. This is the dog we all know, who when you are feeling down puts his chin on your knee and looks at you in a way that always lifts your spirits. Sable loved people but was especially fond of children and was very protective of any child.
Each breed is different as is each dog. Sable was mostly a husky and all Husky owners know they rarely follow orders, never come when called and usually do what they want when they want but are still loyal to a fault and can express love in a multitude of ways.
He has been a wonderful member of this family and we know he has enjoyed us as much as we have enjoyed him. We will sorely miss his smile, his bark and his unconditional love. We have decided to take his cremated remains and spread them on a lake in Wisconsin where our memories are many and where now we will go and think of him each time.
We may find another dog, but probably not for a while, losing them requires time to grieve. My best guess is that humans live about 5 times longer then a dog. That means we may go through the grieving process 5 or more times if we always have a dog. It’s a shame our life spans are not more equal, but regardless our life’s quality is enhanced immeasurably.
Dick and Kerry Goodson Saturday 12/5/15