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Old 10-23-2012, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My friend's german shepherd Missy

Missy is a 15yr old german shepherd that my friend has owned since she was 6weeks old. My friend Lorna's husband called me asking if I can comfort her and convince her to do what's best for Missy. Missy has been ill and lethargic in the past couple of months. He's begging Lorna to bring Missy to the vet but Lorna has refused because she believes the vet is going to recommend to put Missy to sleep. Lorna has already taken a week off from work to take care of Missy 24/7. So I called Lorna and asked about Missy. She admitted that Missy hasn't been feeling well and is not getting better. I told her that Missy could be suffering and in pain and maybe it's time to humanely end her suffering. She started to sob, excused herself and hung up on me. I feel her pain, wish I could say something to make her feel better. I tried calling again but she has turned off her cell phone. I called her husband and he also feels helpless. Is there a poem I can send her to ease her pain in making this most difficult decision? I remember reading a poem about letting go of one's pet. Does anyone have a copy of it? Any other suggestions?
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There us a poem about all the selfless, unconditional love a dog gives throughout their lives and how this is the one gift we can give them. Unfortunately I don't have it in my phone sending positive thoughts and prayers for your friend and Missy.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,

And pain should 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 to 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 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.



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Old 10-23-2012, 06:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This one may work for you:

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FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND

You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.

That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.

Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.

I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.
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OK! Read both of those and now I'm crying at work!

Good Luck with your friend Juvy... hope she can let her go...
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Me too Valerie! I couldn't even finish reading them...

I hope your friend can find it in her heart to let Missy go. Sounds like it's time for her.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't have a poem to deal with what she's going through now but this poem we had printed out & put next to pictures of our Maggie (she was put down 2 months ago).

Pawprints Left by You,

You no longer greet me,
As I walk through the door.
You're not there to make me smile,
To make me laugh anymore.
Life seems quiet without you,
You were far more than a pet.
You were a family member, a friend,
a loving soul I'll never forget.
It will take time to heal-
For the silence to go away.
I still listen for you,
And miss you every day.
You were such a great companion,
Constant, loyal and true.
My heart will always wear,
the pawprints left by you.

I know what your friend is going through. Making the decision to put down my Maggie (we adopted her when she was 3 months old) was one of the hardest decision I've ever had to make. She was 12.5 yrs old & had lymphoma that spread to her brain. It wasn't fair to her anymore & keeping her on the meds prolonging her wasn't fair to her. I'm now sitting here bawling as I type this. I miss her so much. She has gotten me through TDY's & deployments. She was my one constant steady in my life. Before we took her to put her down, we got a print of her paw. I just had it tattooed on my leg last week. I wish your friend all the best. Sending (((HUGS))).
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Thank you for the heartfelt poems. I also found some on the internet. Should I send her a poem each day? How do you think is the best way to go about this? I tried calling her this morning and her phone is still off.
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I think one poem is more than enough and perhaps offering to go with her. Thats all you can do. In the end the final choice is hers.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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OH, those poems are beautiful.... I am tearing up too. I pray your friend has the strength to let her go.... so very sad...
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