Sunday, November 28, 2010

another death in the family


Ten days after the death of my mother, and four months after the death of his brother Oliver, our dear sweet dog, Dylan Thomas died yesterday after a long and happy life of 14yrs.
Dylan had been sick with a bad cough caused by an inoperable tumor in his lungs since the summer and had just last week started having seizures, which we think were related to metastases in his brain. We were hoping he would be around for a little longer as he was responding to medication to stop the seizures and to stem the cough and increase his appetite. But yesterday evening he had two seizures that he never came out of and Susan and her sister took him to the emergency vet while I stayed at home with Isobel and sobbed.  We knew when the seizures would not stop that this was the end for Dylan. I gave him a hug and a kiss as he was carried out the back door at about 11pm. Susan's sister sat in the back seat of the car with   Dylan on her lap  while Susan drove the few miles to the vets. They were both with him with when he died. Susan held his head as he died and told him we loved him.
Dylan was a wonderful companion for us and for his  brother Oliver and some of the things he loved the most were chasing his  Kong and running  crashing  into the waves of the lake, snuggling on the couch and the bed with us, chasing Oliver in circles around the beach and play fighting with him, eating cat food whenever he could sneak it, and rolling in the grass and on the sand. We are going to miss him so much and are lives are changed without him. We are grateful that he and Oliver were in our lives for some of the most wonderful years.
Dylan and Ollie as puppies
Dylan and Ollie are reunited again:)

21 comments:

jenicini said...

I'm so very sorry. They are like family.

glamcookie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. Thinking of you.

Illanare said...

This post breaks my heart, I am very sorry. They are indeed family. Sending love from across the sea xx

Fran said...

I'm sobbing here too. So so sorry for Dylan, you gave him the best life, remember that. Love, Fran

IVF 40+ said...

You are going through so much right now. I am so sorry for your losses. Sending hugs, tea and a virtual fat fat yorkshire rascal to you.
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cindyhoo2 said...

What beautiful and special pups. I am so sorry for all this recent loss. (())

kate said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending peace your way...

victoria said...

Our pets are our family and I am sorry for your loss. We lost both our beloved dogs within two months of each other in 2009 and it was both traumatic to no longer have loving dogs bounding about but eerily quiet.

May the memories of many good times with Dylan and Ollie bring you comfort as well as the thought that they are united again and very happy to see each other.

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Trinity said...

I'm so deeply sorry. This post brings tears to my eyes as someone whose furball also began having seizures this year and never recovered. It's so difficult and heart-grinding to see your friend in such a way... I think it's lovely that Susan's sister was able to be there as well...

Thinking of you guys...

Schroedinger said...

I know your pain. I am so sorry to hear of it. You gave Dylan Thomas a wonderful life, and I am sure that in whatever afterlife he finds he will be happy and grateful to you for eternity....

tbean said...

Oh no! Dylan was such a special, beautiful dog. I call tell from the pictures. I'm so sorry you've lost both of them so close together, on top of grieving a parent. Hold tight to each other and that precious little girl.

rebecca said...

Oh my dear friend, I'm so sorry that you guys are again grieving such a heartbreaking loss. Thinking of you guys, sending love and wishing you strength ((hugs))

Dylan & Ollie were so blessed to be in a family that loved them so much, as you grieve their loss remember all of the happiness & love that you two brought into their lives.

Jem said...

The love of a pet is so pure and so wonderful. I am deeply sorry for your losses.

insertmetaphor said...

I'm so sorry about Dylan.
xo

cowgirltn said...

Your fur babies were beautiful may they be resting peacefully.

I am sorry.

MAJ Bryen said...

HUGS, HUGS, HUGS. Thinking of you!

Celia said...

I am so sorry.

Dreams and False Alarms said...

Sobbing myself. Too many losses, no matter how predictable. ((((hugs))))

Nicole said...

I am so sorry for your losses. Thinking of you and praying for you.

Celia said...

I am so very sorry. We still miss our beloved Shaggy after three years. Please take comfort in the fact that you were a loving family for Dylan and you did the most loving thing a pet owner can do.

Lizzie said...

Hadn't read in awhile. Just now realizing how much loss you've had recently. Sending so much love. I'm so deeply sorry.