Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thank you

Our old dog, Timmi, slipped away easily with just a few deep breaths at the end.  All of us, including the veterinarians, shed tears.  I don't think that anyone, no matter how professional and how many times this is done, can be devoid of such full feelings.  He will be cremated and then buried along with all the other animals that we have loved on the property.  The pet cemetery is a special place. Another good dog will be put there.

Thanks for your kind comments.  There are times when I write that I wonder what the purpose is to keep posting.  But this community comes through in comments and emails.  I used to think that it didn't matter about the comments.  I used to write because it was for me.  I still do, but something has changed over the years that I have been doing this blog. Your comments do matter to me.  Honestly, I like to hear from you, read what you have to say.  I do my best to reciprocate.  If you make comments and have a blog that I don't know about, please send me an email or let me know in a comment.  It is the back and forth sharing that we have that makes this a community.  I treasure that.

Today I have two barrier island tours to do back to back.  That's a good thing.  I will be on the water, talking to school children.  Some may be interested and some may not.  But just reaching one child who says to me, "I want to be a scientist too", is a success.  Stimulating their interest in the water, in nature, in being a part of the environment is so important.  I will do my best today to make them feel apart of something special. 

I hope that you know that you are special.  You are.

26 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you mean.

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  2. Timmi traveled through that door with the kindness and love you and C showed him. I like the way you bury the pets in your pet cemetery.

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  3. i hope that the time on the water is cleansing...soryy again man

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  4. I am sorry for your loss, but glad it was peaceful. I posted about comments and what they mean to me yesterday. Isn't it funny how topics seem to come in cycles. or, maybe us bloggers find each other on the same wavelength? This is my post from yesterday.

    http://beinghappygirl.blogspot.com/2011/06/comments-are-so-helpful.html

    I don't usually leave links, but since you asked and we seem to be sympatico. I hope you visit.

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  5. Bless Timmi.
    And you and your family.
    Life goes on because that's what is supposed to happen.

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  6. When I got busy, I got better. I think doing what I love in the midst of adversity helps me. It's great you have that. Hope your day is peaceful passing it on.

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  7. God bless you and C. and Timmi. I am relieved to hear that his passing was peaceful, Syd. I thought of you and Timmi many times yesterday. I dread my own old dog's passing in advance. She is 12 now. It is a worry.

    Love,

    SB

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  8. Quoting you, "But just reaching one child ... is a success." I think I'll pray for the one who's waiting to meet you :) .

    I was that child in formative geography and geology classes, under the spell of two teachers in particular... They reached me. But no one knew. I knew it but I didn't know the significance. I still know and, even though chaos overrode my development and even though I never entered these fields academically or occupationally, it's enough to know I was reached and that I would have done well. Often it's enough to know someone cares very much about something and cares very much to share it and cares for me too. And it's often enough to look back at and remember my interest and aptitude. Now and again it has saved me in some respects.

    In Al-Anon we are easily children in a way, too, in need of being reached, and actually being reached. I have a new blog with one post to my name so far and it touches broadly and lightly on age and maturity and parents and replacements for parents. Maybe that's why that one line in your post caught my attention.

    (Syd, I commented a couple of times anonymously having no online id at the time. Your and a few others' blogs have inspired me to give it a try. Thanks...)

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  9. Dear Syd,I am so sorry for your loss of your wonderful friend. He is at peace now.
    It's so hard to lose a loving companion.
    Grief is a process, and unfortunately it cannot be hurried.
    Be kind and gentle to yourselves.
    God bless you, and thank you so much for your blog. you have helped me so much with your wise words and honesty.

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  10. I walked and played with my little dogs yesterday and thought of you and Timmi, grateful that you have your Higher Power to support you in this, as in all things.

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  11. Syd, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a dog is one of the hardest things a person can go through. Just remember -- you made his life better, which is something you can really be proud of.

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  12. The infectious curiosity & pure joy of children help so much to ease grief...I taught for 7 years & miss it at times...my 2,5 & 7 year olds keep me focused & "on my toes" now....We live on a lake & I know the water is incredibly healing & life giving....peace today to you remembering the good times with your pup :)

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  13. It hard to let go when even when you know it is right. I miss my own little pooch these days the house is too quiet.

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  14. It is always hard to lose a loved one, regardless of how furry they may or may not be. (Maybe more so when they are on the furrier side of the spectrum, actually, now that I mention it.)

    You're special, too, Syd, but I'm sure you know that by now.

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  15. In all of the dogs I have have owned each one of them was an unequal relationship. I always think of them as giving me so much more than I have ever returned. They did their job, they did what a model faithful companion does they allowed me my place and never left my side.

    It sounds like Timmi was that kind of dog and that you really respected that relationship.

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  16. Sending you a cyber hug as well Syd. It's so hard to lose the most faithful and loving and always positive dog friends.

    Our yellow lab was just diagnosed with cancer, and we love her as you've loved Timmi. I know that Timmi was lucky to have such a loving family as you and C have given him.

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  17. I once cried when my hamster died. It was only 2" long fully grown AND bit me. The swine!

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  18. oh, Syd. I'm sorry. Sitting here in tears, thinking of your Tim and the poem, of my own Asher and of Emily, what it was like to love them enough to release them that way. Hard to be good and strong. But Lord love us, we're good masters, yes?

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  19. Timmi had all your love for a long time. What a lucky dog.
    I wish you were in my area. A very good friend is finally trying to get sober and her husband needs alanon but will not go because it is all "weepy women" in his opinion. I've referred him to your blog...you should have it syndicated !

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  20. Ah bless little Timmi.. You and C really loved him and he loved you both back and what is better than that? I love that you get so much from the comments as this is what AA calls 'fellowship' and Buddhists call 'Sangha." Whatever it is, it is very real, and the whole is much greater than the sum of it's parts. The network of fellowship is real so of course the comments have substance. I never knew this myself till I started blogging, but it has been a wonderful surprise :) plus I just love gaining access to so many other perspectives via the comments. so enriching and an education into other perspectives..
    Animals are so special and you takes such great care of yours is is always nice to hear about them, even when you tell us about when they take their leave.. sending metta..

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  21. I'm so sorry for your loss but so happy for the joy you get from Timmi and all your beloved pets; know they all had good lives and gave as much (or more) pleasure as they got from being with someone who cares so deeply and that they'll live long and happy lives in your memory, as well. I hope that there will be some more lucky pets in your future.

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  22. I'm sorry and saddened by the loss of Timmi. But, I know he brought you both much happiness and I am certain that you both loved him very much and gave him a great life.

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  23. Sorry for the loss of your special fur friend~

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