Saying goodbye is hard to do…

2 Sep

I realize I haven’t been posting much lately, and I feeling particularly behind in my blog reading and tweetdom, but I have a pretty good reason – this weekend, I had to say goodbye to my 10 year old spaniel-border collie, Darby.

I had planned to go home for the long weekend for a few weeks now and had hoped to have a good time and relax. Unfortunately I arrived home to find that Darby’s mouth tumor had grown to the size of a golf ball in just 4 short weeks. He was diagnosed 6 weeks ago and the vet said he probably had 6-8 months to live. So imagine my surprise when I find my poor lil’ guy in such a state. 
There were a lot of tears and a lot of talking – replaying some of the best memories and all the while, he sat next to us with his tail wagging and still hanging on to his favorite toy. It’s amazing how intuitive animals are – it was like he was trying so hard to put on a brave face for us, even though he had tumor gunk all over him and stank to high heaven. 
I left for Toronto this morning knowing that it’s unlikely I’ll ever see my precious Darby again. But I’ll never forget one of the most dependable men I’ve ever met. 
I hope he fights hard and I hope he’s around to beg for scraps at Thanksgiving. 
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2 Responses to “Saying goodbye is hard to do…”

  1. Rachel .:. A Step Ahead September 2, 2008 at 11:11 pm #

    I’m so sorry. It’s always sad when things like that happen. I had horses for more than 10 years-I know how it is to lose a close pet. I recently read the book Marley and Me (there is a review of it somewhere on my blog). It’s a great book that I would recommend reading. Your post reminded me of it.

  2. PRkeener September 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    Thank you for your kind words Rachel. It has not been an easy time, but I’m trying to put on a brave face. And thanks for the reading suggestion, I read it a while back actually. There’s a movie of it coming out this xmas with Jen Aniston and Owen Wilson.

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