Thursday, January 17, 2013

Those Times in Life

Missy, here. We've been dealing for a few days with our chocolate lab going down hill (she's 12 years old). Yesterday, we had to take her to the vet because she couldn't move her back legs and wasn't able to walk or stand or go to the bathroom. We left her to spend 24 hours in the vet hospital, trying some medication, but the doctor doesn't give much hope for a recovery. So yesterday evening, we had to discuss the potential for the need for euthanasia with our kids.

Here she is in her prime

That discussion was not an easy thing to do. Not for my husband and me, and not for my son and daughter. But loving pets and then someday having to let them go is the way of life. Still, it doesn't make it any easier when she's been such a big part of our family.

I'm hoping today we'll find she has shown improvement. Prayers would be appreciated.


  1. Hi Missy:

    I’ve been where you are now. My prayers are with you and your dog. The beloved James Herriot said one of his greatest sorrows was the short life of dogs. We have had many friends lose pets and there is a book we have found very comforting. It’s “Do Dogs Go to Heaven?” by Jean Holmes. This is a serious Christian book partially designed to help ministers answer this question when asked by parishioners. It is now available as a Kindle. The author, by the way, comes to our ACFW Tulsa chapter meetings from time to time. I think your husband would be particually interested in this book if he has not already read it. Praying for the best.


  2. Thank you, Vince. Our doggie passed into heaven late this afternoon. My husband and I were with her. The kids got to spend some time with her after school and told her goodbye before we left for the vet.

    I'll be sure to check out that book. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

  3. Missy,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. It's such a hard thing to lose a pet, because they are so much a part of the family. I'll be praying for you, your husband and your children.