Thursday, October 21, 2021

It Is Better to Have Loved and Lost


 (Loki giving me kisses.)

Every time we lose a beloved pet, I wonder if having such a big, beautiful animal family is worth the pain of loss. Every time, my answer is yes, yes, yes. Yes, to infinity. My heart aches today, but it is also full of love for my sweet Loki boy. 


Our dogs are always with us. Sometimes, we don't even know they're with us, because we're so used to them always being there.  They're watching. Waiting. Protecting us.


I think one of the hardest parts about their passing is having to make the decision to put them down. Loki refused to eat, which was very unlike him. We began to watch, and he definitely seemed depressed. But by morning, he seemed back to himself, and slept by the fire at my feet, like he always does. Later that afternoon, he was crying, and in extreme pain. We loaded him, and my husband took him to the ER. He had the dreaded bloat--a twisted stomach--similar to colic in horses. After some thought, and consultation with the vet, my husband made the very difficult decision to put him down.

He was 7 1/2 years old, but only 5 1/2 of those years were spent with us. He had been rehomed from his first owner, whose life had become too complicated for a wolfhound. He always seemed a bit sad to us, like he never really got over that loss, but he did love having the freedom to run around our property. He loved our other wolfhound, Riagan. They became like a married pair--inseparable.  He loved us.

I believe that we will see these souls again on the other side, and I believe he was reunited with Riagan, who passed last November, 2020. 

I am very thankful to have loved, and to continue loving him.






13 comments:

  1. What beautiful photos & tribute to your beloved Loki!! So sorry your heart hurts. End of life decisions never get easier. I wish they did, but each life is unique. Unfortunately, true love comes with real pain. I for one, choose love. I wouldn't want to live without it, even with the associated pain {hugs}

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    1. Thank you. Love makes it all worth it. He was a Loverboy.

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  2. It's hard when they have to go, and you are so correct - there love is so worth it. Thank you for sharing Loki πŸ’•πŸΎπŸ’•

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and support. ❤️ They are worth it, and their love becomes dearer the longer we’re with them. Loki had slowed way down this year, and I was enjoying our quiet together time.

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  3. Sight hounds are a special breed; we had Spanish galgos and whippets at one time, all very much missed but so fondly remembered. Sending soothing thoughts your way.

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    1. Thank you. They are a unique breed. They’re so humanish. Loki was just full of love and tenderness, as was our former IW, Riagan. Our remaining IW is a bit of a pistol, and she isn’t taking his loss well at all. I’m sure it will change her.

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  4. I am so sorry that you lost him. It's hard when they go and I swear it's a little harder each time. But life without them would be so barren.

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    1. I think you’re right about it getting harder. I wonder why that is. You’d think it would get easier.

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    2. I think that as we age our ability to feel emotionally deepens as well.

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  5. Awww sending hugs... this has been a hard year for pets. Your dogs area all so beautiful, those are lovely photos.

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    1. Yes, it has been a tough year. I feel a little cursed. We lost Riagan last November, but she was almost 11, and it was a long goodbye. We had time to prepare. Epona was a huge challenge. Loki was showing lots of signs of old age, but I figured we had another year with him.

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  6. Oh Linda I'm so sorry to hear this. Loki looked like a sweet boy and I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a special guy like that. We keep welcoming our animals into our hearts and then our hearts are broken when they leave. He had a wonderful home with you and knew he was loved. Even though you will miss him, think of him playing with Riagan again.

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    1. Thank you. I hope he is with her. She sure loved and took care of him, and he her. It was like it was meant to be, the way he came into our lives. Too short. Always too short. πŸ’”

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