Sunday, January 10, 2016

Peaches is our Pup of the Week

This week my friend Peaches’ Mom, Miss Lily, had to make the hardest decision:  When to let Peaches go to the Bridge.  My friend and Miss Lily only had five years together.  Peaches had a tumor on her heart and lung cancer, a diagnosis so unfair Miss Lily had trouble accepting it but when she saw her beloved friend struggling to breath she knew their duet would come to a close much too early.
When a human reaches the end of their life, as long as they can breathe on their own, their is no decision for loved ones to make.  The dying live in unbelievable pain, they struggle for every breath, their dignity is swept away, until they draw their last torturous breath.  Dogs are much luckier.  We avoid all that suffering.  But our last breath is still torture for humans.
Peaches mother was so tormented by one decision:  When is it time?  Peaches wasn’t eating her food, but was eating treats.  Her breath was heavy and labored.  She had little energy.  Just enough to go out and potty.  Her eyes were sunken but they were still filled with love and devotion.  Miss Lily hated to see her best friend suffer.  But she did not want to send her to the Bridge too early.
My Mom had a lot of experience with Miss Lily’s issue.  I too went to the Bridge because of a tumor in my lung.  My last night at home I could only breathe standing up.  If I laid  down it was too painful.  I ended up sleeping leaning against Mommy.  My Mommy told Miss Lily if Peaches could not lie down it was too painful for Peaches to breathe it could be time.
Miss Lily wanted to make sure that she did not rob Peaches from time they could have together but the truth is that we dogs want to be with you so badly, and we honor the bond to be your devoted friends and angels on the Earth that we do everything we can to mask our pain.  If our pain becomes too much for us to hide then we are in terrible pain.  Many time we can get better, but when we can’t, well, then it is never too soon.
We dogs are ready and willing to meet the same hideous end that so many humans endure.  We will put up with any suffering just to be with you.  And we will hide the pain so we don’t leave you.  So, in the end, we need you to save us.  To save us from ourselves.
Peaches is with us angels at the Bridge now.  She has no physical pain.  She is breathing easily, running freely, and has her appetite back.  She wants me to tell Miss Lily thank you for taking away the terrible pain.  She loves her Mom, and misses her, and is very grateful to the woman who saved her.
So when a parent looks at their pup and know they are suffering know that pup is only showing one tenth of the pain they are truly experiencing, and when you realize that it can never been too soon.  


  1. Oh my thank you so much for honoring peaches this week. I always read these but haven't been able to log in to Google to comment. Last week with Clint I tried again no luck. Oh course I had to figure it out now. I am still suffering the pain of losing mt baby. I'm so thankfull you all were there to welcome her. On DS you would here about them coming to welcome the new dog. I really liked it when Angel passed reading every Angels story of meeting her. This time I missed it so much. Tell my baby I love her. To find her sister Angel .

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  3. This gives my mom sleepness nights, of remembering. Hugs to Lilly.
    stella rose

  4. It is never an easy decision, but the human who knows when it is time to let go is giving their beloved pet the best gift they can. Soft woos and gentle hugs to Peaches Mom.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  5. Now I'm crying. Love to all of us that have loved and lost our beloved animals.

  6. Such a lovely piece about one of the most difficult things we as pet people face. I send Peaches mom much love and support across the miles. Beautiful Peaches will be watching over her always.

  7. It is the hardest decision but the most loving also, to release them from their pain. hugs to Peaches mom
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  8. Give our love and hugs to Miss Lily.
    I didn't know Peaches, but she is free of pain
    now and that is the best gift we can offer our sweet pets.

    Thank you for coming by my blog tonight, Good Luck.
    XO Cinnamon

  9. I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words. I loved her so much.

  10. I wanted to thank all of you for your kind words. I loved her so much.

  11. Life is full of tough decisions, and nothing makes them easy. You got to Try, trust, try, and trust again, and eventually you'll feel your mind change its focus to a new level of understanding.
    Lilly was strong enough to make the decision for Peaches and they were blessed to have the time together that they had.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  12. Crikey ... What a beautiful face. No wonder Miss Lily didn't want her to go but she did the right thing because she loved her so much, aye? Hugs to Miss Lily!

  13. Simply a heartbreaking decision we as guardians of our pups have to make. RIP Peaches and we'll be remembering her Mom in our prayers.