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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Goodbye Dear Friend

This afternoon we said goodbye to our little dog Emmitt.
We found out today after an ultrasound that he had cancer on two-thirds of his liver.

I want to write about him and tell you what a wonderful little friend he was to me... how he got me through some of the toughest times in my life... how much I will miss him... but I just can't.

Making the decision to say goodbye to him was honestly one of the hardest things I have ever done. I know it was "time" and I didn't want him to suffer... but it was terrible. Mr. D. and I were with him when he died. I told him I was so sorry over and over again... and that I loved him. He was the best dog I ever could have had and he gave me such comfort in some of the darkest times in my life.

I am so sad.

Rest in Peace little Emmitt... I will always love you my little friend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that you had to go through this. I hope the thought of Emmitt's peace will bring you peace as well.

Much love!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Ollie said...

I'm so sorry about Emmitt. I wish we never had to go through this with our furbabies.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Nancy in Redmond, WA said...

I'm a longtime lurker and I had to speak up to say how sorry I am about Emmitt. Several years ago I lost my dog after two long years of caring for her during chronic kidney failure. We had to make the same decision and it is heartbreaking even when you have no other choice. Now Emmitt's sweet spirit can look out for you.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Oh I am so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose your "baby" and I hate that we go through that. The longest pet life is never long enough.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oh Jamie, I'm so sorry. I know how painful it is to say goodbye to our "babies".

7:45 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Jamie - I am so sorry. I know that this must be so hard for you. I hope that you will be able to find some peace. You will be in my thoughts.
Again - I am so sorry.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I have been reading your blog for a while. I just HAD to post and come out of lurkdom. I am so very sorry for your loss of Emmitt. Dogs are amazing and wonderful creatures. I don't think people understand the connection and love with a dog until you have had one. Know that you have done the right thing and Emmitt is over the rainbow bridge having a wonderful time.

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamie, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear pet. My condolences.

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I am so very sorry, my friend.

Much love to you and Mr. D.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry Sweetie.

You did the right thing. Emmitt was lucky to have you for his Mother. He had a good life with you. I'm sure he thought he was the lucky one.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Jamie, I am so sorry! I know that was a devestating decision and that you will miss him dearly.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

My heart breaks for you; I know that must have been one of the most difficult decisions to make. But Emmitt is out of pain now (I know that doesn't help your pain). I am a believer that we will see our pets again someday, I just have to believe that because mine are my babies.
I am so sorry for your loss.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Mollywogger said...

How very sad. I'm thinking of you.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

Oh Jamie,

I am so sorry about your little Emmitt. I truly beleive that furbabies are sent to us to help cope with hardships in our lives. I am just so sad for you, But Emmitt is running around right now doing all those things he couldn't do. I hope you and Mr. D are ok. Much Love.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so sorry to hear about your little one! I live in fear of that day for my little Monti. Just thinking about it makes me tear up and cry.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Jamie, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sending you all my love and prayers. Call me if you need me!


10:36 AM  
Anonymous Jan said...

I'm so sorry. My wee dog was put to sleep 16 years ago - she was 14 - and I still dream of her sometimes and miss her and have a cry.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Jamie, I'm sorry. I hope it brings you a little comfort knowing he's no longer suffering.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry Jamie.


4:30 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Oh how sorry you have lost your friend...I know it is so hard. I am crying a few tears for your Emmitt and for you. Jamie I am so very sorry.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Piccinigirl said...

Oh I am so sorry about Emmitt, I can't imagine how hard that is.
Rest in Peace little Emmitt and much love to you and Mr D , BIG HUGS

4:39 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Jamie - What heartbreaking news and so close to the holiday season. We went through something similar so I can identify with the incredible pain. It sounds like he had a rockin' life and I'm so happy you and Mr. D were able to be with him at the end. You're in my thoughts/prayers!

4:48 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Oh I'm so sorry Jamie :(

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. We lost our dear sweet dog on October 8th and it still brings tears to my eyes. I'll be thinking about you.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, So, SO sorry for your loss. He looked like a very sweet little babydog and I know you'll miss him. You did the right thing, no matter how hard.


6:58 AM  
Anonymous statia said...

I'm so sorry about your puppy. Losing a pet is as hard as losing a human. Sometimes even harder.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your little Emmitt. It's so obvious to read about him in your blogs what a loved little pup he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.


1:35 PM  
Blogger JJ said...

So sorry.

5:33 PM  
Blogger PCOSMama said...

Just want to add my deepest sympathies for you and Mr. D. Losing a pet is losing an important member of your family. He will live on in your hearts and memories forever....

2:35 PM  
Anonymous kiwi said...

I'm really sorry for your loss.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Crazy Me said...

James, I'm so sorry to hear about Emmitt. I remember him as a youngster, peeing on the carpet! And that cute little face. What a sweetie.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another lurker chiming in to say that my husband and I had a similar situation with our much loved Lab over a year ago. Jim was a rescue dog who came to us right after we married - 7 years old - and who gave us so much love. 5 years later, loss of appetite, stomach mass, and a similar ultrasound test.

Hardest phone call I ever made was to a vet who thankfully made house calls. As you and Mr. D did, we somehow summoned up the wherewithal to be with him through the end.

We waited a year before we found Gus who is a major pain in the a$$ but we love him dearly.

I must tell you I admire your spirit and have read you for a long time. Every time I come to your site, I pray that you are winning the baby wait.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lost my cat of 17 years so I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. He is at peace and him and Katie can kick each other's ass in heaven. :)

Glad the new puppy will bring you some joy during the holidays.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Jamie, I am so sorry for your loss of Emmitt. We had to make the decision to let our sweet, gorgeous cat go last year and it truly was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do. I have to believe we will see them again one day.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Jen said...


It's Jen Hancock. It has been a very long time since I have been in touch with you. I check your blog from time to time however and have to tell you how sorry I am about Emmitt. I lost my first doggie-love last year in November and it is truly the hardest thing I have ever gone through. We to, adopted another dog within weeks of losing Tie, and the words you used to explain that you and Mr. D weren't trying to replace Emmitt echo those of my own for my own dog. I know that this sweet little new pup will help you through your loss and will give you so much joy in the future!

6:50 AM  

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