This afternoon Chase was ... put to sleep. And we are mourning. Niko and I met these pups on their first day in Sheffield Lake. It was such an exciting day for Daphne and for us. We spent many wonderful moments watching the 3 pups romp and be silly. But yesterday when Daphne came home from work, she found Chase blue, unable to breathe. Even with all the vet help for 24 hours, she never got better. The xray showed her heart, which already had a murmur, was 3x the normal size. What appeared to have been an allergic reaction to something developed into worse.
Chase was the one who would play, grab a toy and run...well, run isn't exactly what bulldogs do but she'd run in her own fashion. And she was such a sweetheart. Henry Lee would run in and go right for Niko's food. Chase, ever the lady, did not.
Daphne hurried from work to be with Chase at the end and as Daphne told me, she entered the room, put her forehead next to Chase's, nose to nose, and Chase knew she was there. She couldn't lie down because her heart couldn't take it...and that's how she passed....with her 'mom', maybe with the thought, "I'm going home". And home she went.
I still weep as I type this. It's awful and it's wonderful how much pets we love mean to us and how we miss them when they leave us. But they leave us with the idea that we need another. They are a comfort, a joy, and a peace. But to Chase...Rest in Peace you lovely pup.....
Years ago, Jan Fish sent me this...on the death of our first cocker, Lance. I have always loved this thought and decided it would be a good spot to post again.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....