Monday, June 8, 2009

Goodbye my friend

Today I had to make the hardest decision of my life. But the vet said it was time. As rotten as it was to hear, I trusted his advice – and my instincts – and said goodbye to my best friend for the last fifteen years.

The past ten months have been pretty rough. After living an absolute robust life, Murphy’s body just seemed to start failing him in bits and pieces. The sheen went from his coat. His eyes were clouded. And one by one the body functions declined.

I’m a little too sad to recount everything wonderful about him, but if you click HERE ("A special someone"), you can read a tribute I wrote last year when I realized the end was near.

Below are a few photos. I chose sparingly from the dozens and dozens I have stashed away in albums. My nickname for him was “Handsome”, but his beauty went beyond the visible. I hope he’s at peace and running through fields chasing rainbows.

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The early days, just plucked from a rescued litter.



The sassy teen years, all legs and spunk.



The handsome man, sweet, feisty, loyal.




Goodbye my friend.


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29 comments:

Karen said...

I'm so sorry that you have lost Murphy.

Looking at his photos, I have to agree with you ... he was a handsome man indeed..

Rest in peace, Murphy and go chase those rainbows..

*HUGS*

distracted by shiny objects said...

Very, very sorry for your loss. I was devastated when our boxer, Max, died. It was a very sad time. I'm sorry you have to go through it now, Annie

Cormac Brown said...

I'm sorry to hear this and I'm very sorry for you loss.

The Cottage Cheese said...

I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your dear friend Murphy. My thoughts are with you, my heart aches for you. I wish I could send virtual snuggles from my two pups to try and comfort you.

Kelly said...

I am so sorry to hear about Murphy! He was a special dog - how lucky you two were to have each other. You gave him the best life and the best ending because you let him have his dignity (a wise Pyzahn told me last year that dignity is the best gift to give to your furry friends).

I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Murphy.

Meghan said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He was beautiful and I can tell you loved him immensely.

ds said...

So sorry for your loss. He looks beautiful, and very well loved. It is difficult to let go of a beloved friend, but they know, and in their way they tell you. And their spirit stays with you always.

Kathleen said...

Oh, Pyzahn, my heart is breaking for you. Such a raw and gaping hole those beloved critters leave.

I wish I had words to soothe your sorrow, but I know it simply can't be done with words. Only time does that job, and grief has its own schedule we can do nothing to alter.

Hope you can Let loose those tears and grab your other pup for comfort. I'm going to light a candle for you this evening.

Sending soothing thoughts your way. And thanks for sharing your story and tribute.

As poet John Caddy says, "Shared pain shrinks. Shared jow grows."

Rudee said...

Oh, No! I'm so very sorry Pyzahn. He was indeed a most handsome hunk of doggie. I'm sure you're very saddened tonight, and I hope like you, that he's running free in heaven.

Gail said...

I am so sorry! All dogs go to heaven, you know.

He was a very handsome dog and you could see the love in his eyes.

Some Guy said...

I'm very sorry for you. He looked like a great friend.

Cynthia said...

Pyzahn, I am so sorry for your loss. I have made that decision in the past, too. The longest drive to the vet's I've ever taken.
I do hope that a sweet peace will envelop you.
Cynthia

sallymandy said...

So sorry, Pyzahn. Thank you for sharing these photos with us. Handsome, indeed. Love, Sallymandy

lakeviewer said...

Sorry for your loss. Animals teach us many things about life; and then they teach us what it feels like to experience the loss of a close friend.

Blueberry said...

So sorry and deepest condolences. Their lives are never long enough. In 2007 we had 4 cats, 2 passed away that year (one via "the hard decision") and now our 17 year old cat Henry is going through the falling apart stage (blindness, arthritis, plus asthsma and other issues).

Murphy looks like the best dog ever.

Yolanda said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I had to do this last dec right before christmas. It is just like losing a member of the family. I love your blog.

EB said...

Huge hugs and sympathy. I feel for you. The last and in some ways the greatest good you can do for them is to ease their passing - something no wild animal can have. I feel sure his spirit is grateful and close to you, although I know this is a personal thing and everyone sees it differently.

Tricia said...

Oh my goodness! He's IS HANDSOME!!! This brought tears to my eyes & I'm so sorry you've lost your 15 yr best friend! Nothing can replace a friend, especially after that long - It's for the best tho & GOD Bless him... & you!

Lola said...

How sad, Patrizia. Butterflies and rainbows are having a ball with him.

Murphy was one very handsome dog. The puppy photo is adorable, the sassy teen is exactly that and the caption below the "mature" Murphy pic made me well up.

Ciao dear friend, (for what it's worth) here's a big consolatory Italian hug.
Lola xx

Quirkyloon said...

What a gorgeous and sweet looking pup.

I am so sorry for your loss Sweetie. Our pets mean so much to us and it does hurt when we have to say good bye, even when we know it's best for them.

So sad. {hugs}

drollgirl said...

oh god. i am so sorry. i know you cherished every moment with him. oh, this is so hard. but i know you had to do it. it is still worth it in the end to have fabulous pets, even tho the end is something so very sad to contemplate.

i hope you have shed many tears and founds someone or something to hug.

i am so sorry. hang in there.

Frisky Librarian said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful furry friend.

Pets add so much to our lives...it's just a shame they can't last as long as we do.

Ribbon said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.
I love my dog.

best wishes
Ribbon x

laurie said...

oh god this brought tears to my eyes. what a sweet puppy he was! and what a beautiful grown-up dog. i know how sad you are and i am sad for you.

he looks like my toby, and that makes me even sadder. oh, i am so sorry. i know you miss him. and your tribute is lovely.

JC said...

My heart goes out to you

I love my dogs so much

I am so so sorry

Joanne said...

I am so sorry to hear this, he looks like one handsome boy, he reminds me so much of my b/c that is chasing rainbows, you are going to miss him forever! You have some great pics of him.

ALittleGuitar said...

man, it's rough to lose a pet. my condolences. i can get myself all misty-eyed just thinking about losing ours.

dd said...

What a beautiful soul Murphy was/is....my heart breaks for you...there's nothing as wonderful as the unconditional love that we share with our furry family members.

Anonymous said...

Having had to make the same decision for my sweet boxer Otis last year, almost to the day a year later that you had to let Murphy go, the tears just started flowing when I read your tribute. I so know so much how you feel. You know that I've been through surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, but haaving to make the decision for Otis and having him gone was much harder than all of those things. I miss him still, every single day. I believe that dogs will be with us in Heaven and I can't remember who said it, but if there are no dogs in Heaven, then I just want to go where they are. Murphy was indeed a handsome guy and a wonderful friend. I believe with all my heart that he is indeed running around very happily, hopefully he's found Otis by now and they'll remember being neighbors many years ago when Otis was a puppy. My thoughts are with you.