Friday, January 1, 2010

Goodbye to Pearl

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to Pearl, my beloved elderly Great Pyrenees.  Her arthritic condition had been worsening and she lost critical strength in her back legs. In addition to not being able to do things she wanted to do for fun, she had become unable to handle some basic movements in order to have quality of life.

It was an extremely difficult decision, but my vet, who is a good friend and a terrific doctor for my pups, talked it through with me. We decided that it was time to let her go.

Many of my friends have loved her over the years, and they completely understand the grief I feel. The most important fact that continues to dominate my thoughts is how I was indeed fortunate and blessed to have this beautiful creature in my life for almost ten years. And, let's not forget, she was Mark's princess. Pearl was a special girl--always there in her quiet, strong way. With all of life's ups and downs over the past 6+ years, she was always there for me and ready with her special affection--she loved to rub her face in my hair! I trust she has found Mark and Opal by now and is free of pain. Rest well, Princess Pearl.

You think dogs will not be in heaven?  I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.  
 ~Robert Louis Stevenson