One of the saddest events in life is when we lose something. Today I lost my Poppy dog. I've read posts from my friends and colleagues here on Active Rain who have shared their memories . . . the weddings, the births, the happy things we all share together here. And the other things that life tosses out . . . the loses. I've read about that too.
About a year ago I read Brad Andersohn's post There's a Rainbow Bridge For Man's Best Friend and today was my day to see my Poppy dog cross that bridge.
I've written about Poppy several times here on Active Rain. Today is my day to write again and say good-bye to a wonderful pet, a faithful and loyal companion.
Poppy's health declined rapidly. He just wasn't acting like himself. We just know when something isn't right with our pets and a trip last Friday to the vet was the first step for Poppy onto the Rainbow Bridge. Yesterday another visit and Poppy's health was reported as very poor. Last night my son came over. When I called Carlson yesterday afternoon, he could hear in my voice when I told him "Poppy's not doing well," that it was time.
Carlson came over at about 11:30 p.m. last night. When he opened the door Poppy was there to greet him as best he could. Poppy then labored to walk and then collapased. Greeting Carlson at the door was Poppy's last welcome. Poppy could not get up again and throughout the night my son stayed there with him, on the floor petting him and comforting him.
At 5:00 a.m. this morning we knew Poppy was suffering terribly. I called Dove Lewis, a 24-hour emergency pet hospital and we arranged to have him transported to the ER via Yeller Cab. The vet gave us the news . . . Poppy's heart and lungs were surrounded by fluid. And we knew . . . it was time for Poppy to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
And now my memories of a sweet dog, a kind and gentle pet . . .
And not to forget my other sweet dog, Molly who was Poppy's best girl . . . Squirrely Sunday
For many of the losses in our lives we hold on to the memories. Today is my day for my Poppy memories.
Some might say dogs are just dogs . . . but for me I know my sweet Poppy was more than just . . . he was amazing!