Goodbye to my sweet Rudy

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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On May 1st we said goodbye to our gentle spirited dog, Rudy.

We adopted him from the American Brittany Rescue in December 2007. It’s hard to believe that it has been only three and a half years, he’s become such a permanent part of my heart.

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Rudy was 7 when he came to us, already a middle-aged dog and not a prime candidate for adoption. He was also not a hunting dog, or even a typical high-energy Brittany. What he was: perfect for our family. He did not bark, jump on people, dig, or chew. He only wanted to snuggle up for a good ear scratching and curl up at your feet for a nap. He was the most gentle dog I have ever known.

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I’m still grieving, more than I expected. We knew that he was reaching the end of his life, with his old age and failing health.  But you can never be prepared for how much your heart breaks when you lose a part of your family.

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Waiting at the Gate of Heaven 
by Emery Villeneuve

From the place where He sees all, God noticed the dog sitting just outside Heaven, anxiously watching the road leading to The Gate. "You may enter at any time" God told the creature.
"I am waiting for my master" replied the dog. "He won't be along for a very long time" God answered, " Come in and enjoy Heaven until then." "No thank you" said the dog, "I'll wait, I want to be by his side when he arrives so we can go in together." God touched the dog gently and said "If there is anything you need in the meantime don't hesitate to ask." But the dog said nothing for its attention had turned once again to the road watching hopefully for the soul it loved so well.

23 comments:

Kerie said...

My sincere condolences, I understand how hard it is to say goodbye to a dear loyal companion....

Ann R. said...

I'm so sorry. May you find peace in your memories.

Erica said...

oh tresa...my heart aches for you....we have a dog that we DID NOT WANT...and now cannot live without....thinking of you all!!

Sherette* said...

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Kate Ware said...

Oh, Tresa, I am so sorry. My heart is aching for you and your family, as we have been through this as well. Thoughts and hugs are coming your way, as well as a few prayers for Rudy. God Bless!

Holly Valerius said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Rudy. We had put our Rudy down about a year ago also. It is hard, they are a big part of our lives and families. My heart goes out to you and your family. Big hugs!

Jeanine said...

i know how you feel. you think you know how bad it is going to be til you are there and see it is worse than you can imagine. they become a big part of your heart. God bless you and your family during this time of greif. jeanine mayden

Debby/Darthy said...

Having just said goodbye to our darling dog my heart breaks for you and your family. Tresa allow yourself the sadness but you'll also find the funny happy memories interupting the sadness more and more. Laughter and lots of pictures up around the house, that was my therapy.. Goodbye dear Rudy, please say hello to Pebbles for me..

Haley D. said...

So very sorry for your loss! Pets are such a blessing, and I'm glad Rudy got to spend his final days with you and your family.

Lori (THCEO) said...

Oh Teresa, you have me in tears! I am so sorry for your loss. We just recently lost our Golden Retriever to lymphoma...he was only 8 years old. Not nearly enough time for that precious fur ball here on earth.

Time to scrap those precious photos so you can lovingly display them as a tribute to him! And thanks for sharing that beautiful poem...if you don't mind, I'd love to use it on my blog. :)

Lu said...

Dear Tresa, I am so sorry to hear about Rudy. Our four-leggd family members are so special. Mine have been such great companions to my grown children and to me. Your Rudy was so loved! How lucky for him and for you. Blessings.

Lynnette said...

So Sorry to hear about your loss. We had a very gentle dog adopt us and she lived with for seven years, I still miss her so much. She needed us and we needed her and she loved us for that. Pets are so special especially ones that come to us this way that there sweet souls will be missed.

Fi said...

My thoughts are with you at this time of grief for your family. I sat with tears streamimg as I read your post and the poem. It is such a blessing to have beautiful pets who become part of the family. I hope the happy memories soon outweigh the sadness of losing your dear Rudy.

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

So sorry for your loss. I had my "guardian angel" for 16 1/2 years when, sadly, I had to put her down. Even the 6 cats (4 inside, two feral) have't quite made up for her...Know you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Sharon

Lisa Fowler Windsor, CO said...

With tears in my eyes, I'm sending you and your family condolences. Pets truly become a member of the family and it is so hard when they go. Allow yourself the grieving time you need.
Hugs

~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

Tresa,
I'm so sorry. We lost Sophie, the most gentle-calm-lovable poodle I've ever known March 3rd of this year---she was 10years old and a part of our family for all but the first 2 months of her life. I will say a prayer for your family as you grieve your furry friend!
much love,
Antoinette

Tatanky said...

Tresa, I'm sorry to hear that. You're so right one is never really prepared for this kind of good-bye. But Rudy was very loved and looked after. He must have been a very happy dog.

Christa said...

Tresa,
I am so very sorry for your loss of Rudy! We use to have a brittany as well, and boy was she spirited. I'm so glad Rudy enjoyed his last years in a happy caring loveing home where he knew he was so loved!

Moomin Mama said...

Tresa,

So sorry to hear about Rudy.

It's so sad to lose a pet as they become such a part of family life, they ask for so little and yet give so much.

Sending cwtches from Wales.

SugarGem said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know the pain can be so deep and unbelievable. My heart goes out to you and your family. Here is a poem that my friend sent me when my fur baby passed and I just love it so much I want to send on to you. You may have already seen this, but it is really special. http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

NewYankeeScrapper said...

Tresa, we said goodbye to my precious Bonnie in January. We got her for free when she was a baby, and she was 10 when we had to say goodbye. My husband kept trying to put it off, because he didn't want to have to say goodbye. It wasn't until I made him LOOK at her that he knew what we had to do. She was brave until the very end, and it was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever done. It's funny though, as much as I miss her, I often hear her barking, and my husband and I will look at eachother and say, "Did you hear that? That was Bonnie!"
I know time will help your heart, but remember how much she loved you!

Amy said...

two posts in a row to make me have the sniffles. I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds liek she was the perfect fit for you and your family. Hugs.

Jenny said...

Looking at the pictures of your daughter and Rudy makes my heart ache for you. I know the special bonds kids have with these "Hairy Brown Angels" and the unconditional love dogs give. Your family is in my prayers - especially the kids.

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