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Monday, September 08, 2008

Toby, 3

I can't thank you, my online friends and family, enough for your love and support. However, all the hopes and prayers in the world couldn't have kept Toby with us. His anemia level had dropped another 2 points and if he was a walking amazement at the levels 10 and 8, he was a walking miracle at 6. All this was highly indicative of a bone marrow defiency, most likey cancer. He just wouldn't give up - couldn't, I guess. Such a stubborn, strong-willed pup, living on meds and for us, I guess.

We got him thru his 3rd birthday Saturday, which he enjoyed throroughly even tho it rained all day. He got a special treat of ice cream and Milkbones, and you'da thunk he'd struck gold. Eventually, he ditched the Milkbones and dove straight into the cup of ice cream.

Sunday was absolutely beautiful and sunny and peaceful and he spent most of the day outside, laying in one or two of his favorite sunny spots.

He had breakfast of bacon and dog bits and later passed peacefully at the vet.

Telling Matthew was not as hard as we had thought. He's still asking question after question and is sad every once in a while, but it passes quick as it comes.
It's quiet around here now, the healing process set to begin.

Thanks, again. I couldn't have, and will not, get through these times without friends like you.



Spinkeeshy said...

beautiful pictures, and my heart is just breaking for your loss. Your such a wonderful pet family and I pray that the love he gave you in those 3 years will help you in the future when you open your heart again. It's so hard to lose a family member. My loving thoughts of peace are with you all.

scrapstreet said...

i love you, sugar.

Chrissy said...

Sorry sweetie! I am sending lots of hugs. Keep busy!

Sherry - It's A Scrapper's Life! said...

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Melanie said...

Im so sorry Linds, I hope you and the kids are okay.

Anonymous said...

So sad for you all, but hugs and love will see you through, so here's a big one! xx KTBoo

Kimberly said...

I remember when you all got Toby. He sure was loved. Prayers and thoughts go out to you.

Jackie - aka funhockeymom25 said...

keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers through this tough time.

Jenny said...

So sorry about your Boxer baby...I've lost 3 Boxer babies and I miss them everyday! I know how it feels to miss snugglin' with those ears and wrinkled up faces! :( HUGS!