Sunday, May 04, 2008

Thank You All!

I woke up today to find D has dug out all of our Scooter photos. In my grief I called him "my Scooter", when in fact, he was really M's. D carried him around like a baby his first 6 months. Scooter was devoted to my mom because she made him liver treats, fed him everyday. I washed and groomed him, doctored his eyes. When he had both back legs rebuilt, I hand-fed him and carried him up and down the stairs, stayed with him on the floor. When he had his surgery and I visited him in at the vet's, found him shivering in a cement kennel, I demanded that I could take him home that minute. Knowing I could not leave him there alone recovering, even for a couple of days. Reluctantly, the vet agreed me. With his expensive metal-plated back legs, we called him our bionic dog. Yesterday we were all very quiet here, in shock, I suspect. Mom and I decided not to vacuum up all of the "Scootie hair" that is a permanent addition to our carpet until later. Just let is all be for now.

Thank you all so very much for sharing your own losses and experiences, commiserating with me, giving Scooter a good send-off and having friends to welcome him over. I reacted so emotionally at the vet's office I was afraid they thought I was insane. After talking to my neighbor who said she had the same experience ... I don't feel so embarrassed at my outburst. And my S-I-L and spoke about her recent loss and with those conversations and your stories are letting me know that I am not an over-emotional crazy woman :) So for the record, I am adding some photos to remember our friend.

Santa delivered Scooter to us 12 years ago!

Christmas present

Matt is thrilled with his new friend. Admittedly, Scooter looks a little confused.


He really loved the snow.

Scooter loves the snow

And being with M doing anything.

Scooter and M look for eggs

Especially if there was a ball involved.

M and Scooter play ball


Anonymous said...

So sorry to read about your dear doggie.

meggiecat said...

Oh, Kimmer, I'm so sorry that I didn't see your post until now and that you had to make the choice a good dog mother never wants to make. My heart is with all of you.

karan said...

I missed your sad Friday post and I am so so sorry for you and your family. What a treat to have such a fine dog as part of your family and what wonderful pictures of his happy life.

Shelley Noble said...

What beautiful photos! Such a joy!

I think it's completely normal and natural to grieve a loss. Paul and I were plenty weepy when our 18 year old cat passed on.

It's only human.

Anonymous said...

O Kim! I just popped by to let you know I posted some of the deign stuff I did for Target on my blog today as per your request and read your sad sad news. I am so sorry. I know how completely devastating it is to lose a pet and I know what a hole it leaves in your heart. I am completely empathetic and just reading about some one grappling with that kind of pain and loss impacts me more than you know.

I always think the best thing you can do is know that you gave Scooter a wonderful life and so much love and joy, that as big as it feels, the pain you feel now is just a small reflection of that bond. It will live on in you always.

Lots of love to you and your family in your time of grief. Peace, Scooter.

Love, Wee (Melanie)

Brenda Kula said...

Sweet. Bittersweet. Memories.

Anonymous said...

Kim ... I am so sorry about Scooter. I too know what it is to loose a beloved pet ... they love us so unconditionally, it's impossible not to grieve deeply. You are braver than I; I'm not sure I could have stayed to the end.
Hugs and kisses,

Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

thank you for sharing these...and're not over emotional or are a beautiful woman with a huge heart...

jill said...

I don't believe it's being over emotional at all!! When we lost the only dog I've ever had after being part of our family for 16 years, I balled and balled. Oreo was my pal. I loved that dog. He had such quirks and was just the sweetest and most loyal ever.

It's been 15 years since we lost him and I still miss that crazy dog.

Grandma P said...

Kim - Thx to you and D for the reminders of M's childhood with Scooter or Scootie as he called him then. What a treat. Luvyall GPMC