Sunday, June 9, 2013

Her Song is Over but her Symphony Plays On


From Foley’s Mom:  Foley went to Rainbow Bridge shortly before 3:00 EST today.   She was in her oxygen cave when we arrived.  They let us visit with her.  She was very excited to see us, but she also started to breathe hard.  We spent five minutes with her.  Then they told us to go into an exam room.  They had to put an IV line into her, but when they had tried earlier she had gone into respiratory failure, so they weren’t sure if they could.  They said if she started to pass during the procedure they would get us.  They were able to get the IV line into her and then brought us back out.  They took her out of the cave.  I held her, Ted put a hand on her and held the oxygen line in her mouth.  They put the needle into the IV line and in two breaths she was gone.  We took her into another room to say goodbye.  We took a lock of her hair with us.  She will be cremated and then buried in our garden with a memorial stone.  We will have her ashes, and paw print Tuesday.  We can’t thank you all enough.  We are going to try to attempt to answer all your comments on Tanner Brigade, Doggyspace, Facebook, Twitter and Blogger but it is going to take time.  Grief is like the shore, sometimes it is calm, and sometimes it crashes to shore.  Right now I am in between waves.  

Foley was the perfect dog for us.  Bossy, demanding, and loud she may not have been perfect for everyone but she was for us.  She loved us so, so much.  The doctors believe her body may have been filled with cancer and she struggled to hide it from us because she wanted to be with us.  She would have walked through fire for us.  She has stayed by my side through so many health scares, operations, cancer.  She saved me.  She saved both of us.  On one hand I wish I could have saved her, on the other hand I believe I did, by taking her pain away.  

Foley’s voice will be heard again.  She is in my head, she is in my heart, my soul is entwined with hers.  I am going to take one of her hairs, put it in a locket and wear it forever.  And when I go, I may ask that the box of her ashes be dug up from the garden and be buried with me so we will be together forever.  As long as I am alive, and Ted is alive, her song will never end.

And now a symphony for Foley.

Keep Me in Your Heart For Awhile By Warren Zevon

Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile
If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile
When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for awhile
There's a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sometimes when you're doing simple things
around the house
Maybe you'll think of me and smile
You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on
your blouse
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you
Engine driver's headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile
These wheels keep turning but they're running out
of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Keep me in your heart for awhile





Company by Rickie Lee Jones
   
I'll remember you too clearly
But I'll survive another day
Conversations to share
When there's no one there
I'll imagine what you'd say

I'll see you in another life now, baby
I'll free you in my dreams
But when I reach across the galaxy
I will miss your company

Company
I'll be looking for company
Look and listen
Through the years
Someday you may hear me
Still crying for company

So now you're going off to live another life
You say we'll dream each other now and then
But we'll never be the same
And I know I'll never have this chance again
No, not like you

So, I'll see you in another life now baby,
I'll free you in my dreams
But when I reach across the galaxy
I will miss your company

Company
I'll be looking for company
Look and listen
Through the years
Someday you may hear me
Still crying for company   

Terry’s Song by Bruce Springsteen

Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind, but many ships have ruled the seas
They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone, but they could build another if they please
Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, are unique I suppose
But when they built you, Foley, they broke the mold

Now the world is filled with many wonders under the passing sun
And sometimes something comes along and you know it's for sure the only one
The Mona Lisa, the David, the Sistine Chapel, Jesus, Mary, and Joe
And when they built you, Foley, they broke the mold

When they built you, Foley, they turned dust into gold
When they built you, Foley, they broke the mold

They say you can't take it with you, but I think that they're wrong
'Cause all I know is I woke up this morning, and something big was gone
Gone into that dark ether where you're still young and soft and bold
Just like when they built you, Foley, they broke the mold

Now your death is upon us and we'll return your ashes to the earth
And I know you'll take comfort in knowing you've been roundly blessed and toasted
But love is a power greater than death, just like the songs and stories told
And when she built you,Foley, she broke the mold

That attitude's a power stronger than death, alive and burning her stone cold
When they built you, Foley they broke the mold

53 comments:

  1. I'm bawling like a baby...so sorry. Just know she will never be in pain again.

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  2. It's always hard. We know how sad you are and send you hugs.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  3. She is breathing fresh clean air all on her own and she is singing loudly for all of us to hear in our hearts!

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  4. What a beautiful tribute to your sweet girl!

    Through our tears, we send you love.

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  5. Sending hugs from Dougall, Floyd and peeps... xoxo

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  6. This is so beautiful.....Hugs and tears .....you gave Foley what she gave you...Years of love and great times....Cappy and Jackie....<3 <3

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  7. We've never been here before, but we know Dougall and Daisy and this comes to all of us. October was our time for Kenzie the Westie. Loves and Scottie kisses, Kyla.

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  8. Sending love and hugs from Andrea and the bassets...Roxanne, Dit and Olivia

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  9. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Boudica, Max, and Dancer

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  10. As the tears fall.we will remember you Foley you touch our hearts.made us smile when we were down.gave us the excitement no other could.you done all a friend could do and more.we are glad to have known and thankful to have shared your Pericous moments here on earth.you go rest now in heaven until we meet again.my friend I will hold to my memories ans remember you always.my prayers and thoughts be with you're family. We love you bunches Foley nubby nubbies Anna Nicole and mommy candy renae Luker

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  11. As the tears fall.we will remember you Foley you touch our hearts.made us smile when we were down.gave us the excitement no other could.you done all a friend could do and more.we are glad to have known and thankful to have shared your Pericous moments here on earth.you go rest now in heaven until we meet again.my friend I will hold to my memories ans remember you always.my prayers and thoughts be with you're family. We love you bunches Foley nubby nubbies Anna Nicole and mommy candy renae Luker

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  12. As the tears fall.we will remember you Foley you touch our hearts.made us smile when we were down.gave us the excitement no other could.you done all a friend could do and more.we are glad to have known and thankful to have shared your Pericous moments here on earth.you go rest now in heaven until we meet again.my friend I will hold to my memories ans remember you always.my prayers and thoughts be with you're family. We love you bunches Foley nubby nubbies Anna Nicole and mommy candy renae Luker

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  13. As the tears fall.we will remember you Foley you touch our hearts.made us smile when we were down.gave us the excitement no other could.you done all a friend could do and more.we are glad to have known and thankful to have shared your Pericous moments here on earth.you go rest now in heaven until we meet again.my friend I will hold to my memories ans remember you always.my prayers and thoughts be with you're family. We love you bunches Foley nubby nubbies Anna Nicole and mommy candy renae Luker

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  14. I am so very sorry for your loss. Dougall sent Me overs and let me know that you lost your sweetie. I will keep you in my thoughts and know that we all are grateful for the years that Foley brought joy and love into your lives.
    {{{{hugs}}}}
    Kisses,
    Ruby

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  15. I'm so sorry about Foley :( I'm glad you were able to be there for her, and she was your perfect little girl.

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  16. We did not know sweet Foley, but our Mum knows how painful it is, mourning a loved one who has passed. May Foley run free over the Rainbow Bridge, no pain, just wind in her hair...

    We are so very sorry for your loss...

    Solo, Krissy and Mum xxx

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  17. You don't know me and we didn't know Foley and her adventures, but we lost a very special pal last year and the grief is still fresh.
    We are thinking of you and your pain. May all the beautiful memories you have help you through the loss

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  18. Howdy All, we've come over from Dougall's blog to offer our sincere sympathy on the loss of your dear Foley. Although we didn't know her, on reading her blog, we know she was loved and gave you love in return. Gentle hugs to you all.
    No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  19. We are just so sad for you both. We know if there had been a glimmer of hope you would have grabbed it. Thus in the end you had to do what was right but still it must have been very hard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry.
    Bless Foley run free and fast over the rainbow bridge sweet one.
    Best wishes Molly

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  20. We didn't know Foley, we just read about her on Dougall's blog. But we feel so much for you, your tribute to Foley is just beautiful. Letting our four legged family members go peacefully is very hard but it's right and Foley will be having a blast in doggy heaven. Our thoughts and big Westie hugs are with you.

    Woof

    Groucho

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  21. We were in so much shock to see this post. We were so much hoping for a miracle to give that precious girl just a little more time. But she was needed at the Bridge for a job only she could do, and she answered the call. But her loving spirit will always be safe forever in your heart.

    With Hugs...
    Amber's Mom

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  22. I just came over from Dougall's blog. I am so sorry for your loss! Foley is so beautiful and is having a blast running and playing over the bridge! My paws are crossed and my thoughts are with you during this sad time.

    ~Higgins

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  23. Oh we are so sorry that Foley had to leave you and we have to say that you did such a wonderful thing by letting her go and now she is running pain fee. She sounds like such a super duper doggie. Wish we had gotten to know her better. We sure understand the grief. Take care.

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  24. I am very sorry for your loss and that I missed getting to know Foley. On a more humorous side, when my aunt passed away 2 yrs ago her daughter and granddaughter snuck her beloved dog Katie's ashes in her coffin at the funeral home. You have made your wishes known and I truly understand your grief. Sandra and Dolly

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  25. We came to paw our sympathy, softest husky woooos from all of us,

    RA, Isis & Nanük

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  26. Foley was such a beautiful little dog...but she surely carried around a great dane size love. We are sorry for your loss
    Run free Foley
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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  27. Oh no! We are sending hugs. Run free sweet Foley
    Benny & Lily

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  28. I am so sorry for your loss and I am sending lots of hugs!

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  29. We came over from Amber Da Weenie's blog. We are so sorry to read about sweet angel Foley and send you all many purrs and hugs. Take care
    x

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  30. I'm so sorry. Run free.
    Nola

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  31. I am so sorry to hear this
    Urban jounds

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  32. We havent ever meet you before but we are sorry about your loss of Foley. Paws crossed her for comfort as you mourn.

    wags
    Jazzi and Addi
    www.jazzis-world.blogspot.com

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  33. We came over from Amber's page we are so very sorry to hear about Foley going to the rainbow bridge, they are never ever with us long enough are they.
    stella rose

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  34. We are all so very sorry to hear about your dear Foley. We send you many purrs and hugs along with lots of love.

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  35. So sorry to hear about Foley going to rainbow bridge. Our deepest sympathy to you.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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  36. Dougall sent me over. So sorry to hear of your loss.

    Arooo, Stuart

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  37. Tears are falling for you here at Casa de Shih Tzu.

    Riley, Katie, Trixie, JoeJo & Chicky

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  38. So very sorry for your loss. Soft woos and gentle hugs from all of us.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

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  39. We came over from Amber's blog. Sending hugs and licks your way!
    Dina and Mom

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  40. We just came from Amber's blog. We are so very, very sorry to hear about Foley. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  41. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  42. With tears in our eyes and hearts, Domeek and I are incredibly sorry about little Foley! She was certainly a wonderful and loving pup! But a beautiful symphony to listen to as she runs along the bridge! Sending lots of licks and love your way!!

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  43. We remember you from Dogs in Brazil blog. Jan let us know and we came over to say how sorry we are for the loss of Foley. Hugs

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  44. So sorry to hear about Foley.
    Sending hugs and love,

    Wyatt's Mom

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  45. So sorry to hear about your loss... this is my first visit here, as I heard about this through another blogging friend. I just got done reading Hobo Hudson's book and am wondering if this Foley is the same one in his story? It seems that way... what a wonderful character from what I read :) My deepest sympathy goes out to you.

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  47. I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my little Weenie during the Memorial Day weekend when he was stung by over 60 bees. My little fella was blind on earth but I bet he saw Foley when she got to bridge and they will be best of friends. She was a beautuful girl.

    The Mommy .... Sarah

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  48. I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful little girl.

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  49. I'm so sorry to hear of sweet Foley going over the rainbow bridge. I know how you'll miss him. Having just gone through this with Brooks, I know how much your hearts hurt now. I can't even say it gets easier. But you know that you gave a great dog a great home and lots of love, and that is all that can help your heart.

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  50. Lady and I got behind in our reading. She had to search your blog to find out what happened, so please accept our belated condolences and sympathy. Lady's face is wet so I will have to dry it for her. We're glad Foley is a part of your garden, and thus a part of what is in it. Her spirit will live on in your heart, in your memories. I guess I'll see her at the Rainbow Bridge some day, but I hope it is not soon. After all, I am over twelve now. Lady's face gets wet when she even thinks about it, so her heart goes out to you.

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