1. The pain when you lose a dog is so powerful and you have to allow it and handle it in your own way. I love all your quotes. We are preparing ourselves to make that decision for our Jack Russell Sadie who has deformed legs and can no longer walk. As of now we carry her everywhere as our little handicapped dog. We know it must be done but can’t face the grief.

    1. I don’t know if this will help, but the vet acupuncturist showed photos of a dog that couldn’t use its back legs, and they got him going again. I’ll go find the link and send it to you.

  2. I lost my Lucy two years ago and still cry but not every day. I think when your dog is with you through difficult times it is even harder to lose them. When I first started getting sick with fibromyalgia some of my family didn’t understand but Lucy was always with me helping me get through it. When she died it almost did me in. Your pups have always be there with you so I am sure your pain is deep. It never goes away but it gets better. I loved the quotes in this post. I don’t comment much but I have been reading your blog a long time. I am so glad you have Charlie and don’t have to go through this alone.

    1. I don’t really turn to humans in my life when times are tough. I have a hard time with that. But with pets, I let it all out. I fully trust them. I don’t know why I’m that way, just that I am.

  3. You are in my thoughts often Brenda. So many of us that follow along here know what it is like to loose our sweet pets and it is heartbreaking. It is the kind of pain and suffering one cannot even believe that they are feeling.

    I know that you miss Abbie. if there is one small silver lining it is that Charlie has his moment in the sun and his time alone and to be pandered and doted upon by you.

    I hope that you have a good week.

    1. This is true. It isn’t just missing Abi. It is remembering those last days. It’s processing all of that when I had to be strong for her. I kept telling myself to think only of her and put myself aside, and I did. Now I have to let that part out too.

  4. Thinking of you and your loss. Turning to your little one can help you. Charlie understands you.

  5. I too loved all the quotes today. I hate the emptiness in the house after losing a pet. Or finding yourself looking for them, irs so difficult. I love the image of Charlie responding to your request to be brushed. Big hugs to you my friend, Annette

    1. He’s so cute. He still won’t come all the way up to me. But that’s just the way he is. I guess he’s still afraid Abi will get mad at him. I suppose he’s confused.

  6. I so understand. I’m in that land of grieving too, and it’s a strange place indeed. And, yes, different for all of us. I’m so glad that you have your little sweet Charlie boy. I have my beloved cat Max who stays close to me now more than ever. It is a great comfort.
    The quotes are so spot on. Lovely.
    Thinking of you, step by step, Brenda.

    1. I’m so glad you have Max. I don’t know what I’ll do when I don’t have Charlie. But as with everything, I’ll get through it.

    1. Thank you. I had a really bad most of the day. But then, toward evening, a calmness came over me. This morning I am able to think of Abi without crying. I’m sure I’ll go back and forth. But I am thankful for that respite.

  7. bless you darling bean.
    it matters not that we have all been there.
    NOW is YOUR time. and we understand. just be kind to yourself.
    and thank God for Charlie. he loves you so.
    he’s patiently waited all this time to show you just how much.
    even though the two of you are missing Abi Rose I know he’s a great comfort. xo

    1. Yes, he has. And I feel guilty because Abi was always pushing him back, though I chastised her. It’s just in a dog’s DNA to have a leader of the pack. It’s just the way of things, and now it’s his turn.

  8. Let your grief out. One way or another, it’s going to come out anyway. We are not equipped to accommodate absolutes. There is nothing to which we can relate death. My heart goes out to you, Brenda.

    1. You’re right, and I’ve never thought of it that way. “There is nothing to which we can relate death.” I’ll remember that.

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