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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Good-bye to a Dear Friend

Friday we, my husband and I, had to make a very painful decision to help our dear friend end her suffering. Mika was a loved part of our family for nearly 16 years. We adopted her from our local Animal Shelter as a pup. Because my husband and I do not have children we were one of those pet loving couples who treat their furbabies like children. Not to mention our respect for all God's creation.

Mika enjoyed camping and hiking but she especially loved anything to do with open water. We enjoyed many years canoeing the rivers of South Carolina (the Enorree, Elloree, Wateree,Edisto) and since we live so close to the Congaree swamp we spent many an afternoon enjoying the treasures this beautiful swamp offers. A few years ago when chronic pain from Fibromyalgia, herniated disc and other congenital back defects limited my participation in these activities, Mika continued to accompany my husband on weekly trips that I could not take. Her departure has been especially hard on him.

We discovered a tumor about a month ago on Mika's back hip which grew so fast and for the past several weeks she was in tremendous pain that could not be relieved with Rimadyl and Toradol together. Even homeopathic treatments offered no hope and at her age surgery, even if indicated, was not an option. These past few days were so hard watching her struggle to get some kind of comfort, she did not even want to lie down and would just stand in one spot until fatigue forced her back down. She would fall trying to manage just the few steps outside our front door and would need assistance to climb back up them.

Last Sunday dh took her on her last boat ride. He took great care not to cause any physical strain and considered not taking her at all if not that those outings were all she lived for.

With the vet's assurance that allowing her to continue the way she was, even for a couple days, would only cause more suffering, and that all other options were exhausted, DH lay on the vet's exam room floor with her as she quietly slipped away. Now we focus on the good times. How she would open the tent door at the crack of dawn and you could hear her splashing in the river before anyone else stirred. I remember the time I planted pansies only to find her behind me unearthing and throwing those just planted in the air. How she would pull the hair ties from my hair and toss them in the air and delight in catching them without fail, standing at the front of the canoe as if she were guiding the group down the river..... I am trying to take comfort knowing that God does not create just to throw away and I believe she is now running, chasing deer, or swimming a nice cool stream with other furbabies that have gone before her.

Good-bye my dear friend.



Anonymous Laura Pearson said...

I have visited your website many times over the years, it is in my favorites lists. I just wanted to offer my sympathies to you and your husband on the passing of your dear dog, Mika. I know what it is like to lose your best furry friend in the world.

I am enjoying reading your blog that is here now, and you may have inspired me to take up knitting again. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 5:01:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Fiber Focus said...

I just came over from our Fiber Focus Group to check out your blog. Loved the retreat post and the new puppy and then this sad good-bye.... I have four "monsters" and a bunch of birds and my favorite cockatiel just died for no apparent reason. It's really so hard to lose these furry and feathered friends... My monsters are all close in age so I know the day will come when they will all have to go and it will be so, so painful. Meanwhile, I enjoy their craziness and the love they give me.

Welcome to our Fiber Focus Group! I'm sure you will fit right in!

Monday, October 26, 2009 at 8:45:00 PM EDT  

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