My heart is broken right now and I have very little energy to do anything.
We had to put our dog, Schultz down on Saturday. If you recall, he had bone cancer which resulted in his leg being amputated nine months ago. A recent x-ray showed he was still cancer-free. I'm not so sure he was. The downhill spiral over the last couple of weeks was unbelievable. Finally, he just could not get up. We had no choice but to end his pain.
The hardest thing was to watch him go. It was almost surreal. Because of the COVID virus, we were required to wear neon-yellow bandanas with paw prints on them over our faces. I had my sunglasses on because I knew I'd be balling my eyes out. It looked ridiculous. I can't even imagine what poor Schultz thought about it. But I know he was scared. I could see it on his face and hear it in his breathing. He knew. He was such a smart dog. We did our best to comfort him. The process was quick. Almost too quick. One minute there was a breathing creature with energy, feelings, and a personality, and the next, nothing.
There is a great emptiness now. No more jingling of his collar, no more sound of his footsteps against the wood floor, no more barking at the deer.
He was a good, loyal animal. Funny, playful, and smart. I am grateful for the time we had him and for all of the stories about him that I have shared with you. He will be missed. Rest in peace, dear Schultzy!
Here is the last picture I took of him a few days ago when we carried him outside to enjoy the sunshine and being on the grass. Love his little smile!
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Sherry, I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a fur baby leaves a hole in your heart that can never be filled. We lost Traveler, our cat, two weeks ago last Friday. The hurt is still strong. Sending you and your family hugs and healing thoughts. Schult was beautiful and I'll miss hearing stories of his antics.ReplyDelete
I'm sorry for the loss of your cat! It's very tough to lose a fur baby. He was a good one!Delete
I am really sorry! It always hurts when we lose a family member. He brought you much joy and vice versa.ReplyDelete
Yes. I have no idea now what I'm going to write for stories. My kids are grown and all my pets except Bootsy have died.Delete
I'm heartbroken reading this, Sherry.ReplyDelete
We've all become attached to Schultz, but there is no comparison to the grief of his loving family.
He was a bit of a celebrity. Here and on my ex's Twitter page.Delete
We have all loved your stories about Schultz and I'm sure I'm not the only one who had tears reading this. It reminded me of having to say goodbye to Trisket, in November 2017. He'd been with us since my daughter was a toddler--he lived just short of 18 years. Hugs. And thanks for the giveaway! Blessings on your new publication.ReplyDelete
btw, I posted in my Sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com blog for the first time in over a year!Delete
That's a long time to have a dog! Never easy to lose a pet like that!Delete
I will check out your other blog, too.
Oh, noes, rest in peace, Schultzie, you were a proper media star!ReplyDelete
Yes, he was. My ex also wrote a lot about him on Twitter. He's missed there, too.Delete
I'm so sorry. ❤️ReplyDelete
Dear Sherry, I am shocked and saddened to learn that you needed to put down your gentle giant, the lovable Schultz, over the weekend. I am very very sorry, dear friend. Your family has lost two pets in a brief time span, and I know the grief must be terrible. When Schultz developed cancer and needed to have his leg amputated he fought on valiantly and adapted to his new normal in good spirits. I am deeply sorry to know that things took a turn and his life has ended. You did an excellent job of eulogizing your dog in this post. Schultz was a wonderful companion and he will always be remembered.ReplyDelete
I wish you much success with your next release Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure.
Take good care of yourself and your children, dear friend Sherry. You have my email if you need further support. I will be happy to do whatever I can to help you through this dismal time.
Thanks for reaching out. Yes, lots of sad stuff!Delete
So sorry, Sherry. I could cry just thinking of how hard that must be. I entered your contest. Fingers crossed that I win.ReplyDelete
Good luck on the contest!Delete
So very sorry to hear about Schultz. It is always so hard when they have to go. I recognize that suddenness of they are there and then poof--gone. I have been with a few pets who were put to sleep. Schultz was one of the good ones.ReplyDelete
It's strange, isn't it? I just wish he hadn't been so scared. That really bothers me, even now.Delete
Goodbye, darling Schultz. I'll miss sending Christmas cards to you.ReplyDelete
We'll miss your Christmas cards, too. Schultz appreciated them!Delete
I am so sorry for your loss. It may have been necessary, but that doesn't make it any easier.ReplyDelete
Definitely not easy! But at least he's out of pain now.Delete
My heart is breaking for you and your children, Sherry.ReplyDelete
Your tribute touched me. I still remember the interview Indy did on Shultz way back on February 9, 2013. Indy barks his farewell ... R.I.P. Shultzy.
Uplifting you and your family in prayer during this difficult and sad time, Sherry.
Thank you, Tracy. And thanks to Indy!Delete
So sorry to read of Schultz' passing. What a big hole they leave, our patient, loving companions. Stay safe.ReplyDelete
It is a big hole. They're part of the family.Delete
As an animal lover and former dog owner, my heart breaks for you. I know what it is like to lose a beloved pet and member of the family. So glad you shared so many Schultz stories with us. Sending you hugs!ReplyDelete
I'm glad I have those stories. I had thought about writing some books with him as the main character. We'll see.Delete
I'm so sorry for your loss, and I thank you for letting us get to know him a little too. He was a wonderful friend.ReplyDelete
He was a good friend, and I'm glad I had those stories to tell. He was very entertaining!Delete
Its lovely that amongst your pain at the loss of Schultz you can find such joy. Thank you for sharing your stories of him with us, my heart goes out to you at this sad time.ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear that Schultz' passing ...… my heart breaks for you.ReplyDelete
This was a difficult loss, for sure.Delete
I am very sorry Sherry! Big Healing Hugs! Thanks for the giveaway! Keep Safe!ReplyDelete
Oh, no! So, so sorry to hear about Schultz. He was clearly well-loved... :(ReplyDelete
Yes, he was. We miss him!Delete
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Sorry to hear about Schultz. Never easy and always emptier when they pass.ReplyDelete
My condolences.. It is always hard to lose one of your family members.ReplyDelete