I lost my dog, Henry, almost 12 years old, on Thursday afternoon. He was in kidney failure and had pancreatitis.
I laid on the floor with him and held him in my arms until he passed because I wanted the last sound he heard and the last thing he felt to be me. The warmth of knowing he was safe in my arms and the reassurance that I was there.
You did that for Kona too. You were there for those moments and that’s what was needed.
Our vet has told me repeatedly that dogs don’t pass until they know their humans are going to be okay. She said she’s seen it time and time again....one girl’s dog passed after she got out of an abusive relationship, another one passed after his mom got married, another one said hers passed after she got pregnant....she said it’s like they get you through certain hurdles in your life and then they let go.
I don’t have advice or words of encouragement because I think you and I are pretty much at the same stage, as far as we’ve both lost our babies in the last few days. I have no idea what to expect. But I know we’re both so lucky to have had them.
Thank you for your kind words. I am so sorry for the loss of your Henry. How beautiful that you were able to hold him and be the last thing he felt.
It has been a week now since Bailey passed and the days are hard but getting better. I think of her always. I have been listing to audio books during my drive to work, which have been very helpful. The one I am listing to now is "The Amazing Afterlife of Animals". This has been very comforting to me, along with the support from this forum.
Thank you again and I pray for peace and comfort for you during this difficult time. Hugs!