Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gratitude and Grief

This was Thanksgiving weekend and it's almost over now. A time to be thankful for our blessings and I have many.

There is one thing in particular that I want to express my gratitude for this year. I am thankful I was able to share 10 years of my life with Bailey, my yellow lab. She passed away suddenly on September 7th, very early the morning of Labor Day. The cause was a ruptured tumor on her spleen that we didn't even know she had. It never showed on the x-rays.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her and wish she was still with me. The void left by her death is huge and I wonder if it will ever be filled again. To say that I miss her is inadequate.

I hope that I'll be able to write more about her - our life and adventures together, as well as what happened at the end. Right now it still hurts too much.

Thank you, Bailey-girl.


ashley said...

So sorry for your loss, Dawn.

I wish I could've met that sweet girl! I hope I can hear some stories one day soon.

What a great picture of you two!

Canole a.k.a. Nicole said...

I have checked your blog everyday for the last 4 months, waiting for an update. I don't know you but feel some sort of connection to you because I know you love your dog like I love mine. Anyway, I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I know I'm a complete stranger to you but the loss is tremendous...I can only imagine and I know I will experience it one day with my best friend Lucky. They save us even if we are the ones who initially saved them.
My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Dawn - I don't know why I stopped to read your story but feel happy that Bailey had you as her human - the ending was heartbreaking and the photos are endearing - a very special bond is apparent and the thousand words unspoken are felt. I feel for your loss and hope all your feathered freinds are helping you smile again....

Dawn said...

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. I really do appreciate it. I was lucky to have Bailey in my life and I'm optimistic I'll have a great relationship like that with another dog someday.

I hope you'll visit my blog at the new location (link below) at some point also - if you do, please say hello!

Life With Dog Hair

Craft Cove said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. I just realised this is the same dog with the cruciate ligament repair.