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Saying Good Bye Wasn't Easy
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March 22 at 8pm we said Good bye to our fur babe, it wasn’t easy but he let us know it was time. 

It was funny because I had told my hubby we need to make plans on what needed to be done in case of an emergency etc.  With the covid 19 issue things have changed, you can’t just walk into the vets office, you have to wait outside for them to come and speak to you.  We spoke to the vet and she looked at Wolfie and said I am not going to tell you what to do but he will not last much longer smiley6.  So we made an appointment to end his suffering March 27 at 1pm.  I hated doing but it is what needed to be done

Sunday morning that little bugger came up the stair to our bedroom, he NEVER does that we even have a gate at the bottom the stairs that he somehow got past (don’t know how).  He was in pain so we got him back downstairs and I got his medicine ready.  I could see he was having issue swallowing the medicine but he got them down.  At this point I was saying this is bad he is in so much pain we have to stop this so we called the vet again and left a message asking if they could get us in sooner.  Fast forward to dinner, he couldn’t eat he wanted to but every time he tried to open his mouth he would cry in pain it was horrible it still breaks my heart.  This is when we decided it was time, we call the clinic that did his amputation and they told us to bring him in immediately.

So now he thinks he is going for a car ride, the one thing left on his joy list that he still enjoyed doing.  The rides was very somber and quiet.  When we arrived at the clinic we had to call and they had to collect the payment and ask some very difficult but necessary questions and while I was doing that this lady walks up the clinic door carrying a small little German Shepherd puppy.  Wolfgang was laying on the ground waiting for me to get off the phone and this lady puts the dog on the ground so it can go see Wolfgang!!!! I was like OMG is she crazy here is this 10 year old Huge Male German Shepherd in pain I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Not her fault she didn’t know but Wolfie was good, he stood up looking all stoic and just simply looked down at the pup not a sound not a whimper.  The puppy just sat down in front of him, if I was in my right mind I would have taken a picture. 

Strange days for us he was a HUGE part of our lives now everything changes, routines change even sleep patterns and now we have to make sure we lock the doors :).  Meeko the cat still looks for him and insists on sleeping with me every night.  The house seems quieter

Man I miss him, I thought I was doing good but I am bawling like a baby right now

Thanks to all of you that found the time to answer my questions I truly do appreciate it.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely

Terry

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27 March 2020 - 9:07 am
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Oh Terry, my heart hurts knowing that you had to set him free, I’m so sorry. It’s such a stressful time in the world and I can’t imagine having to cope with such great sorrow at a time like this. I wish I could help make it easier.

Yes, you did right by your boy, never forget that. Wolfgang was giving you all the signs that he was ready. These German Shepherds are so so smart. And when he met that adorable puppy, I have no doubt that he was saying “OK kid, it’s up to you to keep the world in order. I’m handing over these humans to you, take good care of all of them.” 

It’s so hard to let go of the routines of caring for a furry family member. But now, Wolfgang is eternal, and the only thing he needs from you is to remember that he is an eternal soul, always by your side, always looking after you and Meeko. Once a protector, forever a protector. Wolfgang’s spirit is strong in your heart and in your life, always.

If you’d like to share photos of Wolfgang please do. I’m happy to help if our adding images instructions don’t make sense. Just let me know and send me a message through our Private Messaging system (the little envelope icon at the top of my post). 

Lots of love & condolences coming your way.

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All your tripawd family  cries with you right now.    We kmow rhe heartbreak all too well.  The void, the change in routine all seems unbearable.    I’m  just so sorry Terry.  So very, very sorry.

Wolfie let you know he was ready and he knew you loved him enough to release him from his failing earth clothes.  I was so glad to read he liked carrides.  Somehow, on some level, that will bring you comfort.  And yes, for whatever reason, that puppy was meant to “connect” with Wolfie right at rhat moment.   Just have to trust that it was “meant to be” for a reason.  Maybe Qolfie was showing  you that at some point he wants you to get a puppy so that puppy could feel the love and joy he felt with you.  And goodness knows he had more joy and love with you than any dog could ever hope for💖

And yes, please come back and share more of that sweet boy, okay.  I want to come back later today too.  Right now my connection is acting squirrely.

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28 March 2020 - 4:22 am
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Hi Terry,

I am so sorry to hear about Wolfie.  It is never easy to make that gut wrenching deision.  I have always found comfort in this poem, and hope it find you comfort too.

May I Go Now?

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?
I’ve lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?

I didn’t want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.
I want to go
I really do.
It’s difficult to stay.

But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you’re sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.

I’ll not be far,
I promise that, and hope you’ll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too,
that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you’ll let me go today.

– Written for a beloved pet & friend, by Susan A. Jackson

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Ohhh Nancy, years falling hard, but that is so beautiful.   Thank you💖

Terry, we are holding  you in our hearts,  

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28 March 2020 - 10:11 am
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Beautiful poem Nancy, thank you for sharing.

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I believe the line “I fought with all my might” pertains to so many beloved pets we have lost including My Brownie, and of course now Wolfie.

I followed Wolfe’s story, and he was a fighter…..

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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I am so sorry for your loss.  This is the hardest part of the journey.  It takes time and you never will forget him.

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Thanks everyone for your kind words and brownie1201 that poem was amazing and is spot on.

We picked up his ashes yesterday so another tough day but we took the time to sit and talk about all the amazing and funny things he did which helped a lot.

I am just putting together a story of his life with pictures I am hoping all you wonderful people will enjoy

More to come and thanks I am happy to have all of your support

Terry

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Picking up the ashes is bittersweet at first.  For me, and hopefully for you, having my Happy Hannah back home with me where she belonged brought me comfort and peace.  

We know the tears are still falling  and your heart is still wounded.  And just when you stop crying for a few days, the grief will hit you out of the blue like a ton of bricks.

And you are doing EXACTLY what you need to do to help heal your heart and to let Wolfie know you are okay.  Revisiting  all the hundreds and hundreds of happy times, putting together pictures to celebrate his glorious life is exactly what Wolfie wants you to do.  He wants you to be happy.  He was always soooo happy having you as his hoomans fo surround him with so much love and joy and fun and spoiling😊

Looking forward to continuing  celebrate this beautiful  Soul named Wolfie❤   Seeing more pictures and hearing about his adventures without a doubt will put joy in your heart and ours💖

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Terry we cannot wait to see the tribute you put together. That is such a powerful way to help your heart heal and bring you comfort. To celebrate a life is bittersweet medicine that helps heal over time. You are so strong.

Getting the ashes is a tough day though. That’s when our brain and heart connects, and suddenly we are confronted with the reality of why we are grieving. I’m so sorry, and send lots of (((hugs))) your way.

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I think I was in denial, but once I picked up the ashes reality sunk in. But as Sally said it comforts me to know Brownie is home.

Can’t wait to see your tribute to Wolfie.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

Brownie Bubba Bell

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"March Saint"

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