Lost my walking partner

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Has taken me a couple weeks to be able to write this. Our beautiful dog Lilly unbenounce to us had developed an autoimmune liver disorder that caused her liver to fail. She became sick one day, and after xrays, bloodwork, and liver biopsy revealed there was nothing we could do to help her, we made the very difficult decision to let her rest. It was so hard to see her go from fetching the ball in the water on a Wednesday, to barely being able to walk to the end of the driveway on Monday. She was a therapy dog and loved to visit the nursing homes and hospitals putting smiles on many a patients' face. She seemed to be especially intuitive w/ those feeling the lowest and would seek them out, burrowing her head in their lap while looking up at them w/ a big sigh..........."how are you today?"
She also was a mandatory walking partner. Twice a day (every single day) for 7 years we walked, clocking in about 2 miles/day. She would never let us skip a session, so now not only is my friend gone, I am so sad to get out and walk which means a huge chunk of my daily exercise gone.
Any ideas? Thanks.
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  • DORYH20
    I just noticed in my 'feed' multiple comments were posted on this blog.
    emoticon I am sorry! When I hit 'post comment' it kept telling me to "please enter a comment". So, I hit it again and again. Still no post. So, I created a new one (thinking, maybe there was a problem with my wording).
    Nope! Just the Spark site being fickle.

    Again, I am soooo sorry!
    2724 days ago
  • DORYH20
    Ahhhh, her name suited her! What a face!
    R.I.P. Lily.
    Do they have doggie trails in heaven? emoticon
    2724 days ago
    :( I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is SO hard. :( It would be so hard to want to get up and walk without her. You still should go...She is still with you. You can do it and it will help you heal.
    Maybe, you should go to a local shelter or check the paper for another dog. It always helped me heal to make a new friend with a new pet. It isn't replacing the old one; it is simply making a new friend to grow with.
    Take care.

    2724 days ago
    So Sorry! She sounds like an amazing dog. I know how you must be hurting. We lost our last dogs over 10 years ago, but I still miss them every day. Try walking with a sympathetic friend (preferably a dog lover who knows what you are going through.) You made the right decision. Now Lily is at peace.
    You are in my thoughts.
    2725 days ago
    I had a similar loss at the end of last year. I am so sorry. Lilly sounds like she was an amazing personality. She will never be replaced. The work you do should go on, in her memory and for the fact that there are so many desperately lonely people in our world who need a non-judgemental gesture of caring as often as possible.
    Please take time to grieve and let your heart take a breath. Then, when it's time, start the search for a friend who will work with you.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    2725 days ago
  • SIERRA924
    she was beautiful!!! instead of letting it make you sad when you walk dedicate each walk to her memory!!! Let her purpose be to keep you active!!!
    2725 days ago
  • KBEAR9963
    I'm so sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful dog. I had something similar to that happen about 3 years ago so I know how devastating it can be. As hard as it is, you need to continue your daily walk, Lilly. She kept you on your routine for a reason and would want to continue, even if she's not here to push you. Push yourself to walk, in her memory if need be. Your grief will lessen over time and when you take that walk, you will actually smile when you remember the wonderful times you spent walking it with your best friend. God bless you both.
    2725 days ago
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