Friday, September 19, 2008

Missy 1994-2008

My beloved cocker spaniel, Missy, shown in the front of this picture, left us today after being found to have inoperable cancer of the urinary tract.  She had difficulties urinating, and was taken to the vet, then to the emergency room.  After tests, it was determined that she only had a 20% survival if all stops were taken, and that they could not operate.  We then made the only decision we could make.

She left us with her grieving father and mother there, as well as her Uncle Mike.  She is survived by me, Lauren, her Uncle Mike, and her child, Silky, who remains here, along with Zoey (upper left).

Missy came to us, sadly on the day my father accidentally backed over and killed our Jack Russell terrier, Sam.  As my grieving father and grandfather drove the back road from Trumann to Jonesboro, they found this little puppy, miles from any farm.  Seeing it as the sign it was, they picked her up, and she was with him until he died in 2003, and was with us until today.

I have no children, so I have no idea what it could be like to bury one's child.  I saw my grandfather do it with my mother, and I never want to go through that.  For me, this has come as close as it gets, and I don't want to ever go through it again, although Silky is 13, and for a lab, that's pretty old.

I will remember my Missy for the fact that she loved everyone, and was as loyal as any dog could be.  She used to go wake up Gatlin in the middle of the night and would not leave him alone until he checked and told her I was all right.

She was loved and loved back, and will always be with us.  I am out for a day or two, even though I am still working ClanJamFry in the morning .  It will do me some good to get away from the house for awhile.

Goodbye, Missy.


David Holt said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Steve.

s.mac said...

Steve... I am so very sorry for your loss! Missy had a VERY loving family and now she is pain-free... If there is anything you need... Call us!

gatesofmemphis said...

Very sorry for your losing Missy.

Newscoma said...

Steve, I'm so sorry. My dogs are my family and I understand that Missy was your child.

Sending much love to you during this hard time.

Blinders Off said...

I wish I knew just what to say to make you feel better. I am sorry that you are hurting. I hope you are comforted by the warm thought of those who care.

Sharon Cobb said...

Biggest loss of my life was my Jake, so I really do understand.
I am so so sorry for your loss. 4 legged angels can't be replaced, but like us, their spirits find their way back, and she'll show up when you least expect it in a flower or something so beautiful, it makes you cry.
In the meantime, just hold tight to the other angels at home.
Man, I feel so bad for you. I'm just so so sorry.
Thinking of you.

Katydid said...

I am so sorry.

Brad Watkins said...

Very sorry for your loss

ContrAltoDelete said...

Nothing to say but echo the "sorry for your loss" sentiments expressed here.

Richard Thompson said...

LWC. Condolences.

Formerly Considered Moderate said...

Steve, our deepest sympathies. We know the pain. Love the ones who are left and we will send our best thoughts your way.

A Field Guide to Urban Memphis said...

Pets are family. So sorry for your loss.


Squirrel Queen said...

My pets are my family and I know how painful it is when for us when they are hurting. There will never be another Missy, but there will be another one sometime in the future who will need your love.