Gypsy Rose - My Little Sister

by Karla
(Tuscaloosa, AL)

My sweet "sister" belongs to my widowed Mother. I am an only child so I gave Gypsy the title of Sister. What a great loving girl she was. So sophisticated...and a beautiful German Shepherd. She is the last of all my late Father's dogs to pass. Of all the others, my Mother and I were the closest to her.

The hurt comes in more because another pet died just before Gypsy on May 6, 2011..."Bear". How that boy did live up to his name. Gypsy was such a quiet still loving dog. Now Mother is alone and I am 120 miles away. I hurt so I know she is hurting worse which makes me hurt more.

She held on to the dogs as a way of holding on to the last part of my Daddy. He died 4 years ago and since then 3 of their dogs have passed. My heart is hurting for Mom so much. Gypsy was her "Baby". She expected her to live several more years and then when she passed she said she wouldn't get another dog. Does that change now since Gypsy is gone early? Her passing was totally unexpected. She had not been doing well for the past month but we did not believe it to be life threatening. She was on antibiotics by mouth but couldn't take them so Mother went to the vet's office to pick up shots because she couldn't get Gypsy in the car. She was gone about 20 minutes and Gypsy had died while she was gone. I think she may blame herself for leaving. She said she should have been there when she died...that she shouldn't have left her.

I am now worrying about my two dogs...a 10 year old lab and a 9 year old beagle. When will I be facing what she is facing?

I know she is hurting...I am hurting too. She is hurting for Gypsy plus Bear, T-moe, and Daddy. Please be with her God. Send the comforter to her to help her through this.

Thanks for reading my story.

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Sep 03, 2011
To Karla
by: Julie,Michigan

I'm sorry for your loss. I've also lost a pet, my best friend for 13 years, a mix maine coon cat named Tigger. It will be 2years this February. A lot of people do not understand how hard the loss of a pet can be, but I certainly feel for what you and your mom are going through, and just wanted to say, hang in there. Your mom should not feel guilty for leaving Gypsy to go to get the medicine. It sounds like your family gave your German Shepherds the best home throughout the years. Just remember that. One of my friends that works at a care home said something comforting to me when Tigger passed away. I was driving to work, crying, and she called and said, YOU gave TIGGER a life, a great life, that most of my patients at the care home don't even have. Just hang in there, it will get better.

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