Saturday, May 25, 2019

Our Dog Crossed the Rainbow Bridge Last Monday - So Sad!

Dear Abby Dabs,

We are so sorry you dislocated your shoulder January of 2017 and that you were in pain for a couple years. You were so tough and stubborn and we just wanted to have as much time with you as possible. It was so hard to watch you not be able to enjoy so many of the things you used to be able to do. Yet, you were a trooper and still wanted to please us! When you finally reached the place where you could not longer get up or walk through the house even, we knew it was time to say goodbye. Tell Mr. Moe and Manny Boy we miss them too and say "hello" to them for us. We know they would be ready to greet you as you cross the Rainbow Bridge.

I came home from work early Monday and we spent the day remembering all the joy you brought us during the ten years we had you.  You were the best dog we could have ever had and are so grateful to God for bringing you into our lives.  We rode through State Rd. park on the way home from saying goodbye to you, then did the Snow Rd. walk even playing the crossing game in your honor and then we went to Fernhill park strolling down memory lane with happy thoughts of you.   We looked at all the pictures of you we had on the computer and our videos as well.  It was fun looking back over you life with us.

Dear Mom and Dad,

I love you both very much.  Dad, I love you most because of all the time you spent with me and always encouraging me to walk with you and giving me lots of treats--even when mom thought it was too much.  I especially loved our walk to Bartells every day for lots of years where I got treats from Beth and Linelle.  It was really fun doing double high five with Beth and then going on through the park and around Parma High School on the way home.  Thanks for all the porch time with you, too.  I especially liked seeing all my loose fur flying away when you brushed me out there!

When I was hurt, you always carried me around whenever necessary without one complaint.  You both gave me a happy life and a wonderful home!  I even liked Spunky Doodle and Manny Boy even though they were cats.   You even laid with me on the floor when I could not longer get up on the couch or my chair even when it was so uncomfortable for you.  You are a great dad--best I could ever have hoped for!

Mom, thank you for your great belly rubs and hip massages and for giving me the Metacam with breakfast every morning to help me cope with my arthritis.  Also, thanks for the radiation treatments you took me to for a while there when I was still going for walks.  It did help a lot.  I loved all the time you took with me teaching me those neat tricks too.  It was fun!   I know it was your idea to let me visit the nursing homes and I really liked that!  It was fun making friends with the residents and brightening their day.  I especially remember Marlene, Ginney, Apple and Olga because they always had treats for me!

Sorry I barked during the night in my last days, waking you up.  Thank you for bringing the water to me so I did not have to get up and walk over to the bowl.  I am so grateful you rescued me and I was able to live with you for so many years!  I will remember you always and watch over you.  I thought I was a goner when I was attacked by two dogs on our evening walk in Jan. of 2012, but your prayers and faith pulled me through.  I knew I just couldn't give up because there were more good times to have.  After all, I made a full recovery and count the 7 years I lived after that as bonus!  I lived to be 105 in dog years, not too bad!  Don't be heartbroken for too long--enjoy life as long as you can and make the most of every day!  Arf!  Arf!

Thanks to all our friends who sent us condolences and sympathy.  It is comforting and appreciated!

Check out Abby's videos on YouTube at:  Abby's Video Playlist

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Sandee said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. I know what she meant to you both, especially dad.

Big healing hugs to you both. The kitties too. ♥

Summer said...

I a so sorry about Abby. Lots of purrs to you. <3

Kathy at the Junk Drawer said...

Karen and Gerard, this was such a lovely tribute and I'm so sorry Abby's crossed over. But I can see what a fun-filled life she led, despite the scary 2012 incident and the aches and pains later on. It was a blessing she found you, and you her.

Hugs to you both,

Lin said...

This is so sweet, it made me cry! What a wonderful life Abby had with you and Gerard. I'm glad you had so many wonderful years and memories together.

Unknown said...

Thank you for always greeting me & Brody with such warmth & love when we saw you on our walks. God Bless You! Love, Janie

Karen and Gerard said...

Thanks to all of you who took the time to read this post and also who commented. They are appreciated!

Poppy Q said...

So sorry to hear about Abby, I know how much you both loved her. She had a great life with you both.

Julie and Poppy Q

Beth Ann said...

Thank you for sharing Abby's life with us --- I loved seeing her pictures on Facebook and on the blog and reading all about her life with her wonderful parents. You gave her such a wonderful home for so many years and she was lucky to have you as parents. I hope each day gets a little bit easier.

Brian said...

Oh dear, that's so sad, it's never ever easy. Purrs and hugs from all of us.

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