Friday, November 28, 2008

Farewell

When Dave and I got together 9 years ago, we both had multiple dog households - "yours" and "mine". Gradually, our household has added "ours" to the mix. This morning we said good bye to the last of the "yours or mine" dogs.

Lonie came into Dave's life as a "rehomed" dog. Her original owner got married and didn't want her anymore. Dave, being the great guy he is, took her in. She is a long haired German Shepherd Dog with a beautiful carriage and was poetry in motion. She wasn't always easy to live with because of separation anxiety and her tendency to escape any and all kennels and crates. Most of the time, though, all she wanted to do was be with Dave. I became an acceptible substitute, and I always felt safe with her around.

Over several years she'd been getting weaker and thinner, though acted happy and content and enjoyed playing with the younger dogs. Just three days ago, she started picking at her food, then refused it, and last night couldn't get up from her bed. This morning the vet examined her and confirmed that she was very ill. At over 12 years of age her prognosis was poor and we decided to let her go.

Tomorrow we'll put her to rest in the (future) orchard of ERN alongside Penny and Clover.

Run free, Lonie, till we meet again.

- Franna, Dave, Clifford, Thomas and Villa

8 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

The end of an era; I'm so sorry!

Nancy K. said...

What a beauty!
God's speed, Lonie...

Pamela said...

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your lovely Lonie, but thank you for sharing your memories of her.

Wrensong Farm said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Lonie. I know how hard it is to make that final decision.

Tina T-P said...

So sorry to hear about theloss of your good friend. T.

Kathy said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I know it seems very hard now, but I also know this beautiful creature has left many fond memories in your hearts...until you meet up again.

Franna said...

Thank you all for the consolation notes. Lonie left a bigger hole in our household than either of us expected. We laid her to rest under one of the fir trees at ERN and told Lonie stories. Fittingly, it was drizzling....
- Franna

Tina said...

Franna and Dave,
I'm so sorry. Keep the Lonie stories alive in your hearts.
Tina and the animules