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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, May 8, 2015

at peace

We lost our beloved Buddy this morning around 3 am. About 1 am he had a seizure. By the time we got dressed and into the car to go to the emergency vet, he stopped seizing, but couldn't stand. We knew it was time for him to go, but no matter how prepared you are, you're never prepared to lose a loved one.

Buddy was 13 1/2 years old. We got him when he was one. He gave us nothing but love. Despite diabetes, thyroid problems, going deaf and blind and various other issue, he never stopped being the loving being he was.

The loss of his spirit in our home is huge.
Thank you, Buddy, for the gift and blessing you were in our life.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, so very sorry! He was friend and family. You're right, one is never ready to say goodbye. Sounds like God placed Buddy in the right home.

Karen Walker said...

God sure gave us a gift when he gave us Buddy, Alex. Thanks

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My heart goes out to you! After having to make that decision for Spunky, I know it was super hard and really hurt. You gave him a really good life despite all of his problems. (Our Hobbes had diabetes and giving a cat insulin is no fun.)

Karen Walker said...

I knew you'd understand completely, Diane. Thanks.

D.G. Hudson said...

Losing a pet is hard, simply because they are part of the family. Condolences for your losing your beloved cat.

We lost our cat a few years ago to his diabetes. I wrote a post about him, as if he were looking down on what he'd left behind. It helped.
If you'd like to read it:

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Oh, so sorry for the loss of your beloved Buddy, Karen. It's very difficult to say goodbye to our pets when their time has come.

Suzanne Furness said...

So sorry Karen. I know how hard it is to lose a loving companion. Take care.

Robin said...

Your dog looks so much like our dog, Molly. She passed away last year (kidney failure). It's always so sad when a pet passes. My heart goes out to you. The good news is that you will be reunited again!

Manzanita said...

So sorry. They do take over a part of your heart.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, everyone for the loving thoughts.

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

*hugs* I'm so sorry