Thursday, June 12, 2008

Goodbye to an old friend!

Today is a very sad day in our house. We have finally come to terms with the fact that we need to have our 16 year old black lab put to sleep. I am going to turn this around though and make this post a celebration of his crazy and very long life!!!

April of 2006 doing what he loved best!

This was February of this year (his eye didn't really glow like that)

This was last night as we were all saying our goodbyes...

T. and I got Beau back in 1992. He was a puffy little bundle of fur that seemed to never stop moving!!! And then he grew and ate EVERYTHING!!! Labs are chewers and this puppy was no exception. We had poison control and our emergency vet on speed dial! Here is a list of the things he ate:

a dresser
baseboards
glass candle stick holders
tin cans (chewed them up until they were in tiny little pieces and his gums were bloody)
prescription drugs (toradol (sp?) a migraine drug)
huge box of liquor filled chocolates (foil and all)
double stuffed fudge covered oreos
bags upon bags of Doritos
pizzas with the box and all
shoes (mainly mine but only one of each pair)
underwear

But he turned in a beautiful and wonderful dog. He was the perfect companion and protector. Everything a Lab should be. Once we had children his role changed but he took his new job of protecting the children very seriously.

Beau has gone on every single vacation that we have ever taken. He has hiked the mountains of the Carolina's. Swam the creeks, ponds and lakes of Pennsylvania. Walked the miles and miles of parkland in Canada. He has had a blessed life and now he is telling us he needs to go.

Goodbye my friend you will always be missed!

10 comments:

Peter M said...

Aww, it's always hard to say goodbye but I'm glad you chose to remember how he fitted in with the family.

He had a good life and his life span is usual for a doggy.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Thanks Peter. The hard part is knowing when the time is right. I wanted him to go with the dignity that he deserved. No pain or drama.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Aw, Judy, I am so sorry sweetie. It is always sad to say goodbye to an old friend. Best of luck with the process...:(
You are doing the right thing for Beau. *hugs*
At least you have a new little guy to keep ya going! :)

chelley325 said...

Aw you made me cry :( I wish you the best in filling his void. Our dog is only 1.5 years old, but some days I get sad knowing that he won't be with us forever.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Thanks so much Jenn. He is now at peace. I swear he thanked me!

Thanks chelley. Enjoy every moment. I have no idea where 16 years have gone.

Frantic Home Cook said...

Judy,

So sorry to hear about Beau. People who own pets understand how they become part of the family.

Francie

Grace said...

tears automatically well up in my eyes when i read posts about people saying goodbye to their pets. i'm an animal lover through and through, and i just wanted to say i'm sorry! r.i.p. beau!

Dharm said...

Awww.. I remember when my dog died (almost 16 years ago). Very painful but great memories!! Till today I tell my kids about my Ginger and the fun we used to have!!

Brittany said...

That was a beautiful tribute, and such wonderful memories you all have of your life together with him.

chris said...

So sorry to hear about Beau -- hope your family is doing well. Everyone else has said everything I could possibly say... I just wanted to add my 2 cents and say that the pictures were really nice & that he looked like a very happy dog.