Monday, December 21, 2009

A sad kiss goodbye



Hello everyone. Marmie's human here. I just wanted to let you know that we lost our beloved girl this Sunday. She had a wonderful Saturday morning romping in the snow with Bernie and was fine until the evening, when she got very sick. We were completely snowbound and the vets we spoke to on the phone gave us some advice but we had no choice but to take care of her and hope for the best. I stayed on the sofa bed and tried to reassure her. She eventually settled down and I fell asleep. We found her the next morning. In hindsight, there was probably nothing the vets could have done. It's likely that her liver failed as a result of the medications she was on. We are consoling ourselves with the fact that she had a great last six months and was happy almost until the end. Her grandparents have been visiting and she got more love and affection than ever the last few weeks. Needless to say, we are devastated and shocked at this great and sudden loss. Marmalade was with us for almost three full years. Whatever her past, we know that these were three good years. She was loved and cherished every single day by us, our friends and neighbors, and her brother, Bernie. The sadness on people's faces when we walk down the street with only one hound is palpable--she was such a fixture in the neighborhood. We will all miss her beautiful bay (she was known as the neighborhood rooster) and I will miss our sofa-bed snuggles so much. People thought I was crazy for spending the last six months downstairs with her on the sofa bed; I'm so glad I had that time with her. She fell asleep every night with my arms around her and woke up to a kiss on her beautiful, noble head.
Rest in peace, my beautiful girl. You will never be forgotten.

--Marmie's human, Ilonka

By the way, the photo above was taken on Saturday morning while they romped in the snow. I could not think of a nicer picture to post.

11 comments:

The Thundering Herd said...

We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Our candle is already lit as this is the Winter Solstice, a time traditionally used to honor those canines who have gone to The Rainbow Bridge - and we will think of Marmalade as the candle burns tonight.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We are sorry fur your loss...

The Thundering Herd just pawed us to let us know...

She's got plenty of khompany there right now fur this has been khwite a rough month or two fur furiends and furiends of furiends...

Our thoughts are with woo...

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra and Her Mom

Painter Pack said...

So sorry for your sudden and tragic loss. I understand this feeling and will keep you all in my prayers.

Painter Pack

Bentley said...

We are so sorry.

Words seem so inadequate at times like this. Please know that we are thinking of you. Comforting thoughts are being sent your way. There is not a doubt that it is such a difficult thing. She surely knew the love and comfort of a caring family during her time with you!

Beau & Bentley send special puppy prayers as well.

With love & sympathy,
Judy & Tom, Beau & Bentley

Wimsey said...

I lift my head in a mournful bay at the passing of your lovely girl.

Wimsey

Cindy said...

I am so so sorry. I hate hearing stories like this. May God bless you.
cindy

Edie and Gus said...

All of our love to you, sweet Marmalade. We will miss hearing about your antics each day. We have heavy hearts but happy memories of you, even though we are so far away.

Rest in peace.

Your forever friends,
Gus, Dimond, Molly,
Edie and family

gaylen said...

I am so sorry. I thrilled to know she was 11 as I have a pair of 6YO bloodhound sibblings.

I will be slowing reading through your old posts and getting to know your girls.

Again, I'm so sorry.

♥Da fambly kitties♥ said...

I came here by the way of another blog only to find that this precious dog has gone to heaven. Oh, I am so, so sorry. I've felt your pain and I'll feel it again because a life without animals at my feet and in my home is unthinkable. Please know that you have my sincere condolences.

Charity, Gary, Katie and Louie said...

We just discovered your blog and are so sorry to hear of your loss of Marmie. We will be thinking of you.

Love and Newfie kisses, Katie and Louie

Bernie said...

Thank you so much for the heartfelt condolence messages. We're all doing OK. I miss my sis a lot but managed to cheer up the humans during the holidays. I will be continuing the blog and will post a new entry in the next few days. In the meantime, I'm working on my baying technique.