Goodbye Susie

I said goodbye to my little Susie today, she had enough and was starting to show signs of being in pain so I made the choice that every pet owner dreads.
It hurts so much right now but I know it was the right thing for Susie.
She was the best dog in the world and my best friend. She was always there wagging her tail or to give me a lick and cuddle.

John Grogan the author of "Marley & Me" said it best when he said
"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not."

Susie gave me her heart (and more) and she will always have my heart.
I love you little girl and I'm sorry we didn't have longer together.

If I Should Grow Frail
by Julia Napier

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain does keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done
For this - the last battle - can't be won.

You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must now be you
Who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close - we two -these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.



  1. Oh Kate I am so very very sorry and my heart is breaking for you ((((big big hugs)))
    The pain will ease but the memories never fade. She will be watching over you & waiting for day when you will reunited.
    Take care

  2. I am crying with you Kate. Susie was such a good girl and I'm glad I got to meet her.

    I know nothing I say will ease your pain. I just wish I could fly over and give you a hug.

    My latest short stay at the hospital just showed me that living in pain is no living at all and you did the right thing by Susie.

    Love you!

  3. Kate,

    I am so sorry to hear about Susie.... you're in my thoughts.

    Take care, L x

  4. Kate - So so sorry about your precious Susie. She is so cute. Pets are so special. It's freezing snow and sleet here right now and my two kitties are all snuggling up with me. I dread the day I lose them - it is always so sad cause you give them so much of your love and they give it right back so unconditionally. You did a great job in your tribute to her. The pictures are adorable.
    Take care of yourself.
    Femroc aka Mari

  5. I am in tears for both you and Susie Kate. Words are a poor substitute for the HUG I want to give you right now, but they're all I have to offer.

    I'm glad you were able to have such a special dog in your life and I am so sorry you had to let her go.

    I love you!

  6. At the end of the day, it's the right choice (been there myself in the past) but it still hurts a lot !! give yourself time to grive, and maybe in the future think on getting a new companion...dogs rule ! {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Dear Kate -- I'm so sorry for your loss!! What a sweet little angel you had for so many years! I'm sure she is watching over you still! Take care of yourself, it's what she would want! XOXO -- Kim

  8. Oh Kate I am so sorry hun, I'm in tears too after reading your post. I've been there too 9 months ago and it hurts like hell even though we know it's the kindest and most selfless thing to do for our babies.
    We could all see from your lovely videos that you gave Susie a wonderful life, she couldn't have asked for a better mummy
    big hugs Mandy xx

  9. So sad to hear this, Kate. She had a great,cherished life. Love the photo of her waiting for the belly-scratch.
    Geraldine x

  10. Dear Kate,
    How precious Susie is, I love the first pic where she is clearly smiling and the vid? Her little legs took her away so quickly with her prize from the cabinet!
    Far from you physically close to you in heart and soul, I love you hard, you were the best mommy and she was loved the most. Hug hug and tons of kisses, Blackie

  11. What a beautiful memorial. The two of you shared so much love and so many memories together. She was a very lucky little one to have had someone like you to care for her. My prayers of Peace in this hard adjustment time go out to you. Our hearts are with you. Love ya!

  12. ;(( Kate I'm so sorry. I know how painful it is to say goodbye to your dog. I said goodbye to my dog of 14 years in 2008. I wish I could do more to help you but unfortunately I know it'll just take time.

    The post is lovely and Susie looks beautiful in those pictures. Take care...xoxoxo

  13. Shona and I just had a look at the video and loved it, what a cutie she was. We're thinking of you big time xxx

  14. ah, so sorry for you.......this is the hardest decision to make, and you will miss her, but you know she is at peace now, and having happy doggy times :)
    Lisa x

  15. I'm so sorry Kate, it must have been a hard decisision, but a kind one as far as Susie was concerned.You will miss her but you have the consolation she has no pain now.
    Claire xxx

  16. I am so so sorry, Kate. Big hugs.

  17. Hello Kate. Your tribute to Susie does you and her credit. Since Dog is the reverse spelling of God and God too looks into our hearts and sees us as we really are, don't you think we would be much better off if every time we came into the presense of God we were as happy to see him as our dog is to see us?
    Take heart your Dog is with God. All my love goes out to you. Geoff.

  18. Have found your blog through your comment on my post about Archie. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Susie looks so lovely in those pictures - don't we miss them when we have gone. What you and me had to do was make that decision that was so hard even though it was the right one and what keeps me going is remembering alll the happy years we had. Take care xxxxxxx


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