Saturday, April 10, 2010

Goodbye, You Sweet Old Doofus

So today, we had to have Jenny, our remaining golden retriever, put to sleep. She outlived her littermate/sister, Laces, by five months. She suffered a stroke a month and half ago, and recovered reasonably well, until she had some sort of episode last night, which left her extremely confused, panicky, and near collapse. At 13 and a half years old, it was clear that her quality of life was not going to improve, and that it was time to say goodbye.

Jenny, in January. She was in power shedding mode here, full of life, and full of fur.

Jenny, a few years ago, examining the first Phalaenopsis I ever rebloomed. This picture is blurry and low-res, but it is still one of my favorites.

Jenny was a very different dog from her sister. Frankly, she was kind of dumb, kind of pushy, more than a little neurotic. But she was cute, and lovable in her own way, and I'll miss her. Life among the leaves won't be the same without her.

7 comments:

CelticRose said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. :(

mr_subjunctive said...

Oh. Ouch. I'm very sorry.

Aerelonian said...

Sorry. It's so hard to let them go. :(

Water Roots said...

Oh, no...that's really sad. I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

kitty said...

I am terribly sorry about your loss. Dogs are very precious and add so much to our lives. I wish they stayed with us longer.

Karen715 said...

Thank you, everyone, for your kind words.

Ivynettle said...

My sympathies, Karen. Losing a pet must be horrible.