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Monday, July 15, 2013

I haven't written in such a long time. My intentions have been good but my actions have not. Things have been fairly hectic preparing for the wedding (this Saturday) with painting, cleaning, etc. We're now down to some last minute things.
I was brought down by a nasty sinus infection which set me back almost a week on my to do list plus the fact that I felt miserable. That seems to be gone and I'm feeling much better.
So we think we have this nailed. The weather will be unbearably hot (95) for outdoor wedding but other than that we are ready for family to arrive and good times and celebration to begin. Of course, you know the bottom line of this is tracking has gone out the window along with any exercise routine. So much for that 10 pounds lighter for the wedding. I'll be happy if I can zip my dress!
Last night our sweet Ernie came in from his last "business" trip of the evening with head and tail hanging low. He did not want his bed time treats (that's a first!) and sat behind my hubby's chair. We carried him to bed. His breathing was shallow and irregular. He could hardly lift his head. We sat with him pretty much all night. This morning he was no better. We called the vet and at 7 this morning we took him to be put down. His abdomen was full of fluid. We are in shock! And we are heartbroken.
We've had sweet Ernie for over 10 years. He was a rescue and we think he was about 12-15 years old. Such a sweet dog!! He must have been terribly abused as a pup because he has always been skittish (even after all these years of love) and was the most passive, submissive dog I have ever seen. He was not the brightest beagle but he was a lover. My hubby and Ernie (and Toby when he was alive) took doggie "death marches" (as I called them) into a wooded area by our house. The guys sniffed and howled their little hearts out. The neighbors loved them. They made friends with a fox (named Jeff by my husband) and would take him treats on a regular basis. Jeff knew my husband would keep them on a leash and would not run. Amazing!
Poor Ernie allowed the grandkids to dress him up and would follow them around until they got too loud and then he would hide. He was my cuddler and we always shared "my" chair in the morning. I would have coffee, check email, and he would snooze, wedged in next to me.
It is never a good time to lose your beloved pet but this week? The week of my son's wedding? I don't know if the distraction will make it easier or not. We have lost our sweet Ern. He will be missed beyond belief.
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    Oh my dear, I am so sorry. Earnie was very lucky to be loved by you and your family. Praying for a healed heart. The wedding is going to be great, a good reminder of how life cycles from pain back to joy and new beginnings. Thank you for your kind words and I hope you are blessed with wonderful sleep tonight friend.
    1677 days ago
    I know how you feel. I lost all three of my beloved cats in 2006, all buried in the woods with little grave markers. Devastating as that year was, it is now 2013 and I have three more wonderful cats. The years go by, and though we outlive our pets and have to endure the awful grief, I wouldn't be able to live without them.
    1679 days ago
    Tears and loving vibes, Beth!
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    You're right that there's never a good time! Peace to you all.
    1679 days ago
    Oh, Beth, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Ernie. Pets are such an important part of the family.

    I do hope the wedding goes well, I'm sure it will be a beautiful time with family and loved ones though I'm sure your heart will be mourning Ernie's loss still.

    1679 days ago
    Oh Beth! :-( I'm so sorry to read this! Especially so close after Toby. You're right, not good timing, but then it never is. I'm almost emoticon emoticon at a loss for words. I feel so bad reading this that tears are streaming down my cheeks. I know how hard losing a pet is, we lost 3 in a little over a one year period and it's never easy.

    Good luck with the wedding and please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Ernie.

    1680 days ago
    No!! It can't be true!! Not Ernie too so close after losing Toby! I am so sorry, GF.

    Ernie sounds so much like my childhood dog Button. She was never abused but was so sweet and loved me like I was her baby. She actually was my babysitter and would not let me leave the yard. I dressed her in doll clothes all the time and pushed her around in my doll buggy. She was such a good girl.

    I am so sad for you. You lost your baby and, in a way, I lost mine too today.

    Love you, GF. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1680 days ago
    I'm so sorry about Ernie, Beth. The timing is horrible, but yet, there is no good time for such a thing. I know how painful it is to say good bye.
    I"m betting he and Toby are once again off on their doggy death marches, sniffing and howling away together.
    1680 days ago
    I am not a huge animal lover but my heart is aching for you and your famliy.
    1680 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your dog. Pets are family and any loss is hard.

    I hope all goes well with the wedding. I am also glad you are feeling better.

    1680 days ago
    Oh I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is so very sad and difficult. I've gone through this a couple times and each time it's just so painful.

    Bless you for giving little Ern a home and lots of love. We also own a rescue animal we adopted when he was five. I love him dearly.
    1680 days ago
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