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July 31, 2012....Quick Catch Up Blog

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's funny because when I was unable to post any blogs, I kept thinking of so many things I wanted to blog about - now that I can actually write one, my mind seems empty except for the most upsetting event that happened this year.

My beloved Finley, who was diagnosed last July with cancer and given only a couple of weeks to live surprised us all by blessing us with his company for an additional 9 months. After the initial diagnosis, through the help and care of our wonderful vet, a revised diet and some meds, he rallied and other than losing weight, seemed in good health. He was 11 but acted like a puppy.

Unfortunately the weekend before my birthday on Monday, May 7, Finley became very ill and we knew it was time. This was the worst birthday I ever had. My hubby was in China, but fortunately our one daughter had planned to
visit that weekend. She also arranged to take several days off of work. I am so thankful that she was here. I don't know how I would have gotten through that day alone.

Finley was "my boy". I adopted him as a puppy in 2001 during a rather rough period of my life. He was my constant companion and buddy over the years and such good company when my hubby was away on one of his frequent business trips. I had been preparing myself, knowing this time would come, however
when reality hit me in the face, I literally crumbled. I'm sure that anyone that has gone though this inevitable end process of having a loved furry family member will understand.

Finley...loved always, missed forever

So, that was the one major event that is foremost in my brain and I apologize for ending this on a downer, but I did say this would be quick. I will post a much more upbeat blog tomorrow.

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  • no profile photo CD2560890
    Susan. I am sorry to hear about Finley. I know how much a compnion who has helped you survive can mean. I lost my darling Aggie after 12 years. We got her as a puppy just after I came home from hospital after a long depression. Taking care of her made the difference in my recovery. I know, that FInley knew how you loved him and I know he had a blessed life because of you. I will think of him when I think of my Aggie, which is often. Your new puppy looks like a darling doggie too and he will be a well loved soul as well.

    3199 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Oh, He is so precious. Thanks for sharing.
    WE all care!
    3199 days ago
    Oh, honey, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a handsome companion he was! I am so thankful your daughter was with you. Nobody should have to endure such sorrow alone. I so understand how important your boy was to you. My big Reggie girl is the same for me with Bill away so much. She never leaves my side. I pray that God will send you a new furry kid to love, one who will never replace Finley, of course, but who will be the friend and companion perfect for this season of your life. *HUGS*
    3199 days ago
    I'm so glad you were not on your own for this. My daughter's dog has become my own since she went to Univeristy and a wonderful walking companion. I do worry about her Lyme disease and how sometimes she struggles with stairs or distance. These days I have not gone more than a couple of km and she has been fine with that. DH has to go to China in the near future. His first time and he is not looking forward to it. Korea was hard enough and he got to see his nephew while there and his parents en route home. This time he can't think of anyone he can see.
    3199 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    I understand all too well Sue! Gone ... but never to be forgotten!!!
    3199 days ago
    No downer to hear about a wonderful companionship. Thanks for sharing.
    3199 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Those of us with furry family members completely understand your loss. Your Finley was a fine looking boy and I'm glad your daughter was able to be there for the both of you. You have my deepest condolences.

    3200 days ago
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