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Remy gone too soon
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21 October 2019 - 6:08 pm
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I have not been able to bring myself to log-on, or to read about the disease that took my boy from me. It's been almost 5 full months since Remy left us and I miss him everyday. My mind goes through it all ....the first diagnosis....the amputation....the second found cancer.....the pain control...reading everything I could get my hands on...trying every thing that sounded promising....homeopathic medicine....CBD oil...acupuncture...laser...prayers and prayers and prayers. Through it all, I was most grateful to everyone here on  If I had it to do over again I would have taken Remy on road-trips. He loved to ride in the car with his head out the window. He loved going to new parks and trails. And even if he could not walk well after his amputation, he could run around for a short time and love life. Remy enjoyed people, all people. I should have taken him to Lowes or Home Depot and let him ride around on the big carts so he could wag his thick Lab tail at everyone in the store. We should have done every drive through....Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Wendy's and the Banks that give out dog treats. 

Sometime around Mother's Day, I was taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon. Remy always loved to get up on my bed and take a nap with me. He kept circling the bed that day, unable to get the courage to jump up on his now 3 weak legs. So I helped him up. I listened to him breath and snore and watched his chest move up and down. He would sigh and stretch and looked so very comfy. I reminded myself, remember this moment, stay away and just lie next to my big lovable Remy. I am so glad that I did because that memory is so vivid in my mind and it always brings me comfort. A few days later we had to say goodbye to him. The pain and the weakness had increased and I could not let my sweet boy suffer, not for one minute more than necessary. May 30th, we had to let him go. It's hard, so so hard, but not hard for him. Very easy and peaceful for him, Thank God. It was the last gift I could give to him. And I know that he does not want me to continue to cry. But, I am still trying. 

Today I went on the path where we walked Remy. We would take this path into a farm field and let him romp around. I go there to find him. I also go there and cry, where no one can hear me or see me. Let it all out. Call to him and tell him I miss you Remy. He lets me know that he hears me by sending those tiny yellow butterflies my way, or a rustle of leaves rush by me, or the sun pokes out from behind the clouds. It is a small glimpse into what I will find one day when I cross the bridge to see my boy Remy waiting there for me. How happy I will be on that day.

Having a rough day.

Remy's Mom

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21 October 2019 - 7:56 pm
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Lynn, my heart goes out to you. I am deeply sorry that Remy got his wings too soon. It is never easy to set our furkids free, even when we know we must for their sake, and the aftermath is always so, so hard. It can take a long, long time to feel like that grief isn't going to sneak up on you, and everyone's timeline for healing is so different. You took a big step today, and did good by coming here to let your feelings out, I know that Remy is soooo proud of you for being so brave!

We understand completely. After we said goodbye to Jerry, I don't think I felt one day without heartache for at least a year. It would come and go and when I least expected it, whammo. Time helped, and so did doing things to honor his memory, just as you are doing for Remy.

I just love love love the beautiful picture you painted when you held Remy close before he passed. And how you went for a walk on his favorite path and saw him in nature. That is exactly what he is telling you, "Look Mom! I'm eternal! I'm not stuck in that old body, I'm freeee and I'm surrounding you all the time, with so much love and beautiful things!"

There will come a day when you can think of him without feeling lost and heartbroken. It happens, I promise. For now, you can lean on us and come here anytime to vent. And how about a celebration of his life too? We would loooooooove to see photos of him. If you'd like help adding images just PM me OK? I'm ready to assist.

In the meantime know that we are sending lots and lots of love your way. Listen closely for Remy, he's thinking of you too. 

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22 October 2019 - 9:03 am
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Thank you for sharing this.

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22 October 2019 - 4:34 pm
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I know there are no words to mend the heart breaking sadness that lossing such a special soul causes. Instead i just wanted to offer a big hug from another dog mama that also finds her self having rough days. Your post hit home for me in a big way thank you so much for being brave & sharing ❤ 

Sending lots of love and strength,

❤ Bev, Moe cat, autumn angel Roane and angel dog Gypsy 

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.


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30 October 2019 - 8:27 pm
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We know how hard this was to write.  We understand  the void and the heartache.  We are here for you and with you.

We are also here to celebrate  the beautiful  UNBREAKABLE bond you and Remy shared.  And you know what?  Even though you wish you had done more of "this or that",  Remy enjoyed his nap time with you, his beloved hooman, more than anything else in the world. ❤

And yes, every rustle of the leaves will be Remy whispering in your ear, "Thanks Mom.  Injad the best time ecer woth you."  And everytime you see a beautiful  butterfly floating by, that his Remy saying "hello" and letting you know he is still with you 💖

When you can, we would love to hear more about your sweet Remy.

Surrounding  you with his wagging fluffy tail

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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