Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saying goodbye...


A couple of weeks ago while driving home from church there was a man on the corner 'giving away' Golden Retriever puppies. They have always been my favorite breed of dogs- so good with the kids, loyal and just sweet. So, we sort of caved- and decided 'why not'. The kids totally feel in love with 'Sport' and her sweet nature and had so much fun with her in our home. Roll ahead 2 weeks and on Sunday morning we woke up to our puppy who had gotten sick all over her crate. We cleaning her up, took her outside to potty and had to head out to church. When we got home she could barely lift her head. I knew in my heart she was going to die but hoped I was wrong. Literally a couple hours later she was gone.

Apparently she had been exposed to something called "Parvo" before we had brought her home. Puppies are especially susceptible. It is very contagious and often passed by sharing unclean crates with other dogs. Her little immune system just couldn't fight the disease and she died.

It feels like this past year my children have had so much loss. I hate that for them... hate to see their little broken hearts as they try to make their way through the sorrow and loss. Loosing the sibling group brought to surface many feelings and now loosing their puppy has added even more to their pain. I guess if anything we are concentrating on how precious life is- every single day, and how important it is to love people (even puppies) with all your heart while you have the chance.

“To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness” -- Erich Fromm

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, Amy, I am so sorry for your loss! Feeling so sad along with you! Will keep you all in our prayers.

Heather

3 Blessings said...

My prayers go out to your kid's. It must be hard so hard on them.
God's blessings,
Amy

Suzette said...

Amy, we also had to say goodbye to a puppy due to parvo a few years ago. It was very hard! Just make sure you don't have another puppy around for awhile due to the germs. Your kiddos are certainly learning some hard lessons about life at an early age. I pray God pours His blessings down upon their little hearts as they grieve and upon you as you also bear these burdens. Hugs!

Suzette said...

Amy, we also had to say goodbye to a puppy due to parvo a few years ago. It was very hard! Just make sure you don't have another puppy around for awhile due to the germs. Your kiddos are certainly learning some hard lessons about life at an early age. I pray God pours His blessings down upon their little hearts as they grieve and upon you as you also bear these burdens. Hugs!

James 1:27 Family said...

Oh, Amy... I'm so sorry that your little ones are going through so much. It's so hard for us to understand. I'm so thankful that God is not surprised by any of these things and that His promises are true and we can hold tight to that. We "lost" a foster baby last year who we were told that we would adopt. We told our boys that he was their new baby brother, the whole nine yards. Then when he left, not only did we have to grieve his absence, but our son who is adopted began to get scared that he might have to leave too. It was horrible but God is SO big and So amazing and He brought us through a very dark time and continues to heal our hearts. I know He will heal yours and the hearts of your sweet babes too. Many prayers and blessings to all of you!
Love in Jesus,
Amy in Atlanta

Hannah said...

So sorry for your loss. :( I knew as soon as you said that she messed all over her crate that is was Parvo. 3 summers ago I hand-raised a litter of 7 puppies and lost 2 of them to the virus. I very easily could have lost the whole litter, and am very thankful that we were spared that because now we have our fabulous Pe.

Blessings for you and your kids as you heal. :(

Hannah

Recovering Noah said...

:( So sorry, Amy. I know that's really hard on kids (and moms, too).

See you guys tommorrow.

Leslie

Audrey said...

Amy I am so sorry. I know how devastating this kind of loss can be for kids. We had this experience, too. It breaks your heart to see your children grieve. Prayers for all of you.

Chantelle said...

Oh Amy. I am so so sorry. ((((hug))))

One Big Fat Sugar Mama said...

Crap! So sorry... We lost our dog to parvo when we lived in Commerce. It was not pleasant. I hate that you guys had to deal with that.

Holly said...

I understand how hard it is to watch our kids endure heartbreak after heartbreak. My kiddos lost a "sister" and then a puppy too :(
God is good...I know He has many moments of Joy for ya'll.
Love you,
Holly

Phyllis said...

Oh Amy, I am so sorry you all lost your sweet puppy. Hugs to all of you :)
Phyllis

Andrea H. said...

Poor babies, they have been through so much. But they will become strong from all of this. I noticed they even wear black dresses. I have to look up this wonderful book I have seen and email you later when I find it but its for kids that age and talks about dying.

Room For More said...

Oh my gosh. That is horrible. So sorry! Hug your sweet kids for me.

Pineapple Princess said...

I am so sorry. I will pray for their little hearts to be comforted.

The gFamily said...

That is so sad!! I love golden retrievers too and I am so sorry that you all lost your puppy! :( Big hugs to all of you!!!

Bingaling said...

So sorry to hear of this additional loss...It is so hard to lose a beloved pet, even if you only had them for a short time. Big hugs to you, my friend.

Debbie T said...

Amy, so sad to read about your puppy. John and I lost a puppy to parvo right after we got married - no kids at the time but we were devastated. Hugs to you all! DebbieT

Sara said...

Sorry for your loss. I know it is hard to look at loss as a way to grow. I just remember that God is tender and his mercies are new.

We are struggling with our 18 year old cat right now and whether to have him put to sleep. I get choked up just thinking about it.

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Our kids have had to face the loss of a sister, and loss of a dog this past year too- very hard, but they have really had so many questions about heaven....which has opened up so many doors for us. Still- it is sooo hard to see your kids hurt!!!

julie said...

I'm so sorry. My heart hurts for your family.

Blessings,
Julie

Doreen said...

BIG HUGS to your family.. i am so sorry about your puppy...