Tammy

by Betty Anne
(Pefferlaw, Ontario)

I got Tammy from the pound when she was (I think) three years old. The minute she saw me she knew I was there for her. She wouldn't even wait until I had finalized the paperwork - she kept running from me to the door of the pound and back until it was time to go.

She never left my side from that day forward. She was always with me - never judged, never got angry - just accepted me for what I was. I loved that girl like a child. She was diagnosed with an enlarged heart two and half years ago and was given only six months to two years - she defied the odds and stayed with me for two and a half years, until kidney failure took her. She died in my arms around 10 p.m. at night and she didn't go peacefully. No vet to help her. I had her buried in a nice casket, silk lined, in a pet cemetery close to my home so I can at least visit her. I did up my dining room table with a kind of tribute to her - pictures, drawings done by my grandkids of her.

I feel so lost, so alone, so sad and absolutely heartbroken. My chest aches from the loss.

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Nov 28, 2009
Love has no bounds nor end
by: David

Betty Anne,

I am sorry to hear of your loosing Tammy. The loss of our closest friends never is going to be easy. They are still very much a part of our spirit and a part of our lives. My girl passed at a specialty hospital without me and I sometimes very much regret leaving her there, they offered NO comfort to her. But I know that if I had not taken her there that I would always feel like I should have done more.

It is a no win situation when you are faced with things that are out of your control. I know that Scooter did her best, I did my best and I have to believe that the vets did their best. What more can be done?

You should take solace that you were brave and strong enough to stay with your girl when she needed you the most. Just because you were not able to save her life or possibly seem to ease her pain, she did have you, the most important person in her life. Please do not think that just because her body trembled, that her soul was not at ease.

Love goes the distance, and that is what we shared with them and what we still and will always have. I too feel like you do. I miss my Scooter Girls more than anything. I feel without direction and completely lost.

I came across another site that helped me put my grief in perspective, maybe it can help you too. It is about a sad story that has an inspiring final chapter. I was able to relate deeply and though I could not give this to my girl, knowing that someones else had the opportunity and took it made me feel more hope for the future.

http://tripawds.com/2009/10/03/remembering-our-jerry-one-year-later/

The story begins over a year before this but this part has helped me with my grieving.

I also posted my loss of Scooter Doopers here. I came here when I could not find anyone around me who could relate or understand what I was going through and feeling. I wrote a eulogy and a tale of our last hours. Expressing what I was feeling has helped me greatly.

Betty Anne, love is so wonderful because it is true and free. To have shared this with another is the most special gift that you can share. Do not be even a little afraid to love again, love can heal all wounds. You would have wanted Tammy to persevere. You are a beautiful person, Betty Anne.

Nov 16, 2009
FOR TAMMY AND HER ''MOM''
by: LOVER OF ANIMALS

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I FEEL YOUR PAIN. I LOVE ANIMALS. THEY ARE GOD'S SPECIAL CREATURES SENT TO US FOR FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE, AND TO ENJOY. I AM TRULY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF TAMMY.
I CAN TELL YOU LOVED HER VERY MUCH.

WHEN YOU ARE ABLE TO, AND FEELING THAT YOU CAN, MAYBE YOU COULD GIVE ANOTHER PET YOUR LOVE AND A HOME. IT WON'T TAKE TAMMY'S PLACE. BUT IT WILL HELP YOU HEAL AND BY SHARING YOUR LOVE WITH ANOTHER SPECIAL PET, YOU ARE A GOOD HEARTED PERSON. IT TAKES A UNIQUE PERSON TO GIVE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO A PET. THEY BECOME OUR FAMILY MEMBER. MAY GOD GUIDE YOUR HEART TO THE PERFECT ONE YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE. BLESS YOU.

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