Friday, October 7, 2011

Goodbye old girl

**warning, emotional post ahead**



Yesterday Josh and I had to make the hard decision to put Bentley to sleep. She'd been sick been almost all summer. I'd taken her to the vet, and the meds helped at first, but then she slowly got worse again. And it was just too sad to let her suffer any more. So we did what had to be done.

Bentley, named after the car we drove away from our wedding in, was our first "baby". We got her in the summer of 2002 when she was 6 weeks old and we'd just moved to Chattanooga. She was a great dog, wonderful with the kids, didn't mind being poked, prodded, or have her nails "polished". She also LOVED the lake and the water. Dad determined that she would never tire out. He'd throw her stick in the water and she'd forever go and fetch it--literally she'd do it all day long. And she loved catching frisbees in the air too. Even in the end she'd come and drop a frisbee at my feet wanting to play though her legs were too swollen and it was too painful. She loved to play.

She was there through the birth and toddler years of all three kids.

Caroline

Sarah Kate

And obviously, McClain

She would herd them when we were out playing. It was the German Shepard in her.

But most of all she was loved. Well loved. Deeply loved. And we'll miss her.


Goodbye old girl. You've been a better dog than we could've asked for. You will be missed.


16 comments:

Jason and Gretchen said...

Sorry for your loss! The first three photos are great pics with the kids!

Sherri said...

Aww, my heart aches a little for you all Deanna. So sorry for your loss.

Megan A. said...

I am so sorry for your loss!

ashjoy said...

Oh Deanna, I'm so sorry.
Hugs and Prayers.

Umenorskan said...

Sorry for your loss!

Monique said...

Oh I'm so sorry Deanna! the photos say it all, she was perfect. Big hug girl!

Helen said...

So sorry for your loss! This brought tears to my eyes. She was well loved.

Amy E said...

Oh this post just rips my heart out. I'm SO sorry for your loss.

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

Oh this post brought me to tears - she was well loved. I'm sorry for your loss.

teacher jessy said...

So sorry to hear bout ur furry pal :(
It brought tears to my eyes :(
Lots of XOXO to you and your family!

Kate Vickers said...

So sorry, Deanna! It's terrible to lose a pet. (((hugs)))

Daniela Dobson said...

I am so sorry. This is so difficult and makes me sad thinking how we had to put down our dog that was sick, too. Hugs.

Pam said...

I am so sorry Deanna:( That is so sad and I know how hard it can be to lose a pet:( Big hugs your way...

Samantha said...

Hugs to you... I've been there and making this decision is NEVER easy. Thinking of you :(

Danielle said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! She seems the sweetest dog, how she plays with your kids. Those are the hardest decisions to make :-(

Princess Poodle said...

My heart is with you! I am so sorry about Bentley, what a lucky doggie to have belonged to your family. Sending a hug your way.