Buttons - RIP

Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty, Inc. 3087750

pet friendly homes for sale in boca ratonOn Monday morning, we put Buttons to sleep.  She became critically ill and went downhill very fast.


Buttons came to us at 5 months old.  She just celebrated her 14th birthday on January 1st.



We took her to our vet who asked to do an X-ray and some blood work before we made any decisions.  She had acute pancreatitis, fever of 105, was breathing on one lung and some other issue with her stomach, that we feel was cancer. She was in terrible pain.


Vet told us even if she was able to stabilize her from the pancreatitis and bring her fever down, we would then have to deal with her lung issue, which could be fluid or cancer, as well as her stomach issue, which could be the same.  She went on to say that given her age, mortality was high.


We really had no choice.  Buttons hated being poked, prodded or even groomed. Through the years, she had her share of health issues.  We did not want to see her suffer in pain any longer.  


It has taken me 4 days to write this post.  We are heartbroken.  Gracie is grieving her friend terribly.  This is the worst thing we have to do as pet parents.  It never gets easier, but the joy Buttons brought us for 14 years was well worth it.  She even helped me to win a contest here on Active Rain!


RIP my baby Buttons.  You were so loved.  Fly free with the other butterflies.  


Buttons Berman


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We just ( Right after Christmas) lost a nearly 17 year old Pug. It's so difficult, it's hard to describe the pain. It's really like losing a family member - because they really our a part of our family. So sorry. 

Feb 09, 2017 03:01 PM #10
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale


I'm so sorry for your loss.  Buttons was beautiful and I know she is missed dearly.  The great thing is that you have so many memories to cherish.  Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Feb 09, 2017 05:43 PM #11
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Elyse, I am so sorry to hear about Buttons. The pain at a time like this makes me wonder why we humans even invite these fury creatures into our homes, and then the years of laughs, smiles and pure joy flood my mind, and that's when I realize that it's their God given mission to bring light and love to our sometimes complicated lives. They do it simply and without limitations. That's why it's so hard to say goodbye. They give without compromise or condition, and even though we have to let them climb the rainbow bridge, we will see them again, and what a glorious day that will be. Be at peace my friend.

Feb 09, 2017 07:42 PM #12
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I am so sorry to hear about Buttons. It is so hard to make that decision to say goodbye, but sometimes it is the only decision. I wish you peace. 

Feb 10, 2017 04:45 AM #13
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Elyse - I'm so, so sorry for the loss of your beloved Buttons. I've been there and their aren't words for the deep loss you feel. You're in my thoughts...

Feb 10, 2017 06:18 AM #14
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Elyse, it is so hard when we lose a member of the family. Buttons was well loved...that is all that matters.

Feb 10, 2017 07:00 AM #15
CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com

we understand...sending you a soft hug (((( )))))

still holding  a wide heart-wrench for our Quincy...he made it to 25!..and was totally conscious when he took a deep breath ..(while sitting on my heart) ...looked me in the eye,


... and left his body...

Feb 10, 2017 08:55 AM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It is always sad to lose unconditional love. Our standard dies last May at 14 and there are times in my minds eye I can see her romping in the backyard and I am lucky I took videos of her to remember.

Feb 10, 2017 08:56 AM #17
Noel Mayer

Deepest sympathy and sorry for your loss.  

Feb 10, 2017 11:12 AM #18
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Elyse... I read this with tears streaming down my face... we lost our 15 year-old Gracie a year ago October. I had to make the same decision and sat with her until the end. It was like losing a child.  I still miss her every day... and it took me weeks to write something about that loss. My heart goes out to you and I'm sending you a big virtual hug.

Feb 11, 2017 04:02 AM #19
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Elyse Berman 
Losing her was certainly losing a family member. Sorry for your loss. Lynn

Feb 13, 2017 07:16 AM #20
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Elyse Berman - My heart aches for you. Our pets are family members who give us so much joy and all they want is to be loved. The best gift we can give them, in the end, is not to let them suffer just because we can't let go. I've had 4 close friends make this decision in the last 3 months, very heart wrenching.

Feb 18, 2017 05:37 PM #21
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Peroni & I send our condolences. I lost my Dakota 14 years ago and I still miss him. It took me 10 years to get Peroni because I just wasn't ready.

San Diego

Feb 18, 2017 05:44 PM #22
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It hurts to lose a pet and one that has been with the family and part of the family. They take a little part of us with them when they go.

Feb 18, 2017 07:43 PM #23
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elyse, I am so sad, it is always hard to loose a family member and I do not want to hear that 14 was a good year, we want them to live forever... well Buttons is no playing with many of our lost family members at Rainbow Bridge....Endre

Feb 18, 2017 09:47 PM #24
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So sorry to hear about your loss, our pets are part of our family and losing one is wrenching for all the family. I remember my 18 year old  tough son was in tears when our fist cat died. I don't remember seeing him cry before that, he just wouldn't.

Feb 22, 2017 07:46 AM #25
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Elyse -- I'm sorry to hear of your loss - regardless of when it happens, it's never easy and some are more difficult than others.  Buttons was also the name of our first dog when I was growing up.   

Take care and may the wonderful memories of Buttons provide some consolation.  

Feb 27, 2017 09:50 AM #26
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

So sorry to read this, Elyse!  It's never easy to say good bye to our best friends.  Glad to know you had so many good years with Buttons & you'll always have those memories.

Mar 01, 2017 03:18 PM #27
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I hope that you are beginning to move to a different place in your grief for Buttons.  I still miss my first cat and it will be twenty plus years since I had to put him down.  

Oct 23, 2017 03:58 AM #28
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Thank you for the kind words, Lise.  It's been 8 months and I miss her every day.  Corrie came to join us and, amazingly, has many of the same traits as Buttons did.  

I understand how you can still miss your cat.  I've had other animals and miss them all.  Buttons was especially hard though.

Oct 23, 2017 04:05 AM #29
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