Monday, 14 December 2009

Such a sad day............This post will remain at the top of my blog for a while

This is Alfie, our 14 month old beardie we took in to re-home. Unfortunately we had to let him go tonight (15 December 2008). A few weeks ago he started to limp and after a few trips to the vets we discovered he had a tumour in the bone in his leg, so in effect he had bone cancer. At the very best they gave him a year but that was only with immediate surgery and chemo. So today we took the decision to let him go whilst he was still smiling rather than wait until he gets to a distressed and painful state. It would have been so painful to watch a dog so young not doing what he should be, ie running around the field with Fraz. Hand on heart, I can honestly say that he has been happy with us, well looked after and well cared for, for the last 7 weeks of his short life and he absolutely loved Fraser to bits - he made a great friend there and it's been great to see them together even if it has been short lived. xxxx

43 comments:

Debbie said...

Alfie was a very lucky pup - he had the best family and a happy place to be. He may have been with you for a short time, but he lived the best life a dog could have.

I am so sorry for your loss. No words can make this right xxx

Melanie said...

such sad news,so sorry sam.
love & hugs
xx

Ang C said...

(((((HUGS)))))

crafty creations said...

As Debbie says Sam - you gave Alfie a loving home, lots of fun and lots of love. You couldn't have done more other than make the very right and very hard decision to let him go.

As you know my thaughts are with you at this very sad time

Hugs Hilda

Sue said...

Sam, thinking of you at this sad time.
Sending you lots of hugs. xx

Karen said...

so sorry to hear about alfie, I have tears running down my face, looking at your photos he had a wonderful life, god bless him and may he run free in heaven, sending you huge hugs Sam x x x

Andrea said...

Alfie was so happy with you Sam,and you could see how close him and Fraz were,we are all here for you
((((xx)))

Joy said...

I'm upset to read this so god knows how you are feeling. It was very brave of you to do what you did for Alfie. I'm glad Alfies' last weeks were happy ones with you and Frazz xx

Shairon said...

Although what happened to Alfie was devastating, he WAS lucky that he found you, Sam and Martin, who had the courage to do what was best for HIM. Many others couldn't have been so brave and he would have suffered so much more. I hope you can take some comfort from this thought in these sad days.

LazyKay said...

You showed you loved him by letting him go - lots of people hang on, which is understandable because it's a hard decision - you did the brave and right thing by acting now before your memories were of a poorly pup and not the happy bouncy one you've known.

xxxxxxxx

Zuzu's Blog said...

:-) this is very sad .. I dont do the "hugs" thing but today I am sending a hug!

Rukhshana said...

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news but I'm sure you did the right thing. It's always a painful decision to have to make but it's clear that he was very much loved while he was with you.

Claireabelle said...

very sad but, like you say, at least he was still smiling

sending you all lots of hugs

xxx

Morti said...

Oh no Sam!!!!!

Sending you lots and lots of hugs and prayers.....

Burnice said...

Sam, this is such sad news. Sending you massive hugs. Burnice x

craftytrog said...

So sorry to hear your sad news! xx

Femmy said...

Hi Sam,
so sorry to hear about Alfie, all the photos show he was really happy to be with you.
Wish you all the best and hope you can still celebrate christmas, though it will be difficult.
Thanks also for your nice comments this past year.
Bless you.
hugs femmy

Anesha said...

So sorry to hear about Alfie. You must be so sad. Hugs
Anesha

Helena said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear this!! I am sure Alfie had the time of his life with you!!! And I think you are so brave in doing the right thing, well done you! Sending you hugs and kisses!!!

xxxx

RubyMay said...

sending you hugs Sam. I hope your happy memories will ease the pain.
Love Rubymay x

Ruth aka alteredgeisha said...

You must be devastated :(

7 weeks is so short and yet you must have some wonderful memories of the two of them and some gorgeous photos too. I think you are brave to have made that decision and prevented so much prolonged agony and pushy vets encouraging yet more unessary treatments.

((HUGS)) Ruth xx

ps: I saved you a metal biscuit tin perfect for altering with alcohol inks if you want it?

Sid said...

Ohhh how sad, but I think you have made the right decision (not easy at best). You have made his short
life worthwhile nontheless and in return he has rewarded you with his love.

Hels said...

Sam, I am so sorry I have only just seen this incredibly sad post - I am so sorry to hear that you lost Alfie - but I admire you greatly for making such a difficult decision and letting him go while he was still smiling. You must be heartbroken hun and I am sending you a big fat hug....and my AlfieCat is sending a big purry cuddle too. Take care hun xxx

mommabear said...

He was much loved and will be missed Hugs Alison & Angie

Fiona Whitehead said...

Oh how sad for you - a hard decision to make but the best for Alfie really.

Sue said...

Oh Sam I am so sorry, sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing to do, but you know that Alfie had the best time with you xx

Carole said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know that pain well, having lost an animal on Christmas Day.

He's very sweet looking.

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Carole said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. It means a lot.

Btw, I love the 'on the run' picture. What a great shot. :-)

Plant Freak said...

So sorry about your baby. He was beautiful. I hope that Fraz is not too sad.

Lynn Stevens said...

This just breaks my heart ,my best friend has a bearded collie, she is the sweetest thing. Although Alfies time here was short . I,m sure he Loved every minute he shared with you! Hugs to you
Lynn

Willy said...

What a lovely dog! I'm very sorry for you.

Tracey said...

I lost the link to your blog and hadn't checked in for a while, I am so sorry to hear this news, I have just read 'a dog year' by Jon Katz and laughed and cried my way through it, he had a similar decision to make and the way he explained it was so touching, I thought of this as I read your post and know it must have been a terribly hard decision to make, at least you gave him such a happy and loving home whilst he was with you (((((hugs)))))

Cazzy said...

Poor little chap, I know how you feel as we have dogs and have had to say goodbye to three of them, two within a week of each other.

Cazzy x

Jana said...

So sorry to hear about your little guy. Such a shame. My heart goes out to you. So glad that he was loved so much during his short, short life.

peggy gatto said...

I really loved seeing "the boys".
You have some really lovely pictures here and I enjoyed my visit!!!!

icandy... said...

Thinking of you...

Hugs,
Christina :)

purplepaint said...

Oh how sad! I'm so sorry! It is so hard to lose a pet, they are just like our children! Marva

Cazzy said...

That is so sad, have been there and it is difficult to lose a pet. He had such a good home with you, and as you said he went while he was happy and didn't suffer.

Cazzy x

Nancy Maxwell James said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your pet, but know that you made the best choice. I had to put my lab down a few years back, and while she did have a full life it was the hardest choice ever. Cherish the wonderful memories this sweet dog left you with and HUGS to you during this difficult time!

Jann said...

So sorry to hear about this--I know how painful it can be to lose a pet--maybe Alfie will meet my Fred (golden retriever) up there in heaven.

Kim Dellow said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear this sad news. All the best. Kim

Zoechaos said...

Hugs for the anniversary know how difficult and sad these can be. Hope that Fraz keeps you occupied with a smile on your face.

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