Saturday, August 19, 2017

Farewell to My Beloved Little Bear

It is with deep sadness that I write to you that my beloved Little Bear has passed away.

Early in the year, she had a serious fall injuring her neck/back. She had jumped up onto a retaining wall and jumped off the edge onto the grass below (which was almost five feet down). We took her to the animal emergency hospital and they did X-rays and the works and concluded that she suffered a neck injury. She has been on anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and/or pain medication pretty much every day since then.

We had hopes that she would improve but as time passed, it was evident to us that she was not going to get better but in fact was getting worse. In this last week, she was having trouble settling down to sleep, barely eating, and struggling with walking etc. Upon taking her to the veterinarian (I can't remember how many times she has been since her fall), we both decided the most humane thing to do was to put her to sleep.

I held her as the veterinarian put her to sleep and prayed and sang to her as she drifted away. It was very peaceful in the end and for that I am thankful. Knowing that she is no longer in pain and believing that she is free to run and play in Heaven has given me some comfort. I know that I will see her again one day.

9 comments:

  1. Oh Gina! My heart breaks and hurts with you! I know how much joy Little Bear brought into your life! And how thankful I am that she passed peacefully, without pain in your arms. I know the memories of the sweet times spent with her will flood your heart in the next few days, and there will be tears and smiles and sorrow and joy. I know only too well! Praying for you in this time of loss that the Lord comforts your heart with precious memories of Little Bear!

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  2. Oh Gina, I am so, so, so sorry! I know how precious Little Bear was to you and I know you will miss her terribly. Our pets are so dear to us and it's always so hard to lose one.....

    Please know that I will be praying for you. Sending love and hugs your way!

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  3. Dear Gina~

    I'm so sorry...I know how difficult that must have been for you, sweet friend. I'm so glad that you had so many precious years with, Little Bear. I can remember so many adorable photos, and funny, Little Bear antics that made me laugh. She will always be with you. I am a firm believer that we will be with our sweet pets on the other side. You will be in my prayers, as always, but especially today.

    Gentle Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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  4. Dearest Gina,
    My heart is breaking for you tonight.
    Please accept my prayers for you.
    I am sorry.

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  5. Oh, Gina, I am so very sorry! Our dear pets are with us for such a short time, but they remain forever in our hearts. Your sweet Little Bear will meet you on the other side of the rainbow bridge someday, and if you are like me, you will have quite a crowd of fur-babies to greet you! It is so wonderful that you were there to hold and love your sweet baby until the end. I know it is hard and your heart is breaking right now. I will be thinking of you - sending sweet hugs and blessings. xo Karen

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  6. We are all so sorry for what you are going through my friend and wish we could give you lots of hugs. Take care my friend and try to remember the good times. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  7. I am so sad to hear this Gina. I know he was your constant companion and such a sweetheart.

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  8. Oops Gina....I always forget that Little Bear was little girl...sorry. When ever I read the Little Bear books to my grands I think of your little pet.

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  9. Oh Gina, I am so sorry to hear that your little baby has been laid to rest. It is the hardest decision to make to let them go so they don't have to suffer anymore, you did all you could to make her life a good one. I pray you continue to find peace with her passing. Big HUGS!!

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We all have our “good old days” tucked away inside our hearts, and we return to them in dreams like cats to favorite armchairs. ~ B. Carter