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RIP Sitka (post #49663)

Our very, VERY old husky died tonight. Sitka Marianne (familiarly Sitty-Soo) was an old lady when we adopted her a year and a half ago, but apparently she was older than the five years the shelter told us. (At our shelter, ALL dogs are either six months or five years old--nobody is two years or eleven months, EVER.)


A couple of days ago, she started showing some lameness, which I thought was the usual hip dysplasia or arthritis. The vet said to put her on doggie glucosamine chondroitin, which I did, and she rallied somewhat. When she couldn't walk, my precious son carried her around--reminded me of those cheesy illustrated children's Bible pictures of the young shepherd carrying his lost sheep. (Bad art, sweet concept.) Her mood never changed--she remained sweet, tranquil and just precious. She ate and drank and nothing was different except she couldn't walk--or couldn't walk much.


Until tonight. On my way home, I got a VERY distressed call from a tearful little boy, who said she was immoble and unresponsive. I broke a few speed limits getting home; by then my mother and son had called animal control because she was gone.


Poor son had a concert tonight, which he played through tears but acquitted himself VERY nicely. I think he worked out some of his grief and sadness on the timpani, because seriously, he's never played better.


So we are without one lovely, precious, beautiful, blue-eyed lady dog and I miss her terribly. The other dogs are starting to grieve and mourn and Gillen and my mom and I are all just a wreck. God help me, all I can see are those trusting blue eyes.


Hug your critters, all of you.


 


 


Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

kathymcmo's picture

(post #49663, reply #1 of 43)

I'm very sorry you lost your dear dog and member of the family. It's so hard to say goodbye to one who is so woven into the fabric of our life. Hope your son is OK.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #49663, reply #2 of 43)

Oh, so sorry for your loss, Jill. The problem with dogs is that they just don't live long enough. Still, I am glad you and your son had the joy that was Sitka, and that Sitka had the great good luck to have you two in her life.





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Lazio1954's picture

(post #49663, reply #3 of 43)

I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your sweet lady. I hear your pain; Gillen must have let his pain and love for Sitka express itself through his music this evening. He sounds like a wonderful young man. Grieving together will help heal the pain.

Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
KitchenWitch's picture

(post #49663, reply #4 of 43)

I'm so sorry, sweetie.

I lit a candle after you called and asked Cassie to guide Sitka. Hopefully it worked.
I know (all too well) the pain you are in - but Sitty-Soo is now free, and feels no more discomfort. And your family's love for her will buoy her until you are together again.


gentle, tearful hugs to you, G, and IdaMae. And the critters.


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~RuthAnn

Jillsifer's picture

(post #49663, reply #6 of 43)

I think it did, and how can I ever find words to thank you, my precious friend. (Check your e-mail.)


The rest of the crew keeps sniffing around; I think they're looking for her.


Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm going to need a lot of strength to get through the night.


 


Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

avak123's picture

(post #49663, reply #5 of 43)

Oh Jill...


I am so sorry about your furry beast--many, many hugs to you and all of those you hold dear!


Much love and compassion to you and yours.


--Amy

Jean's picture

(post #49663, reply #7 of 43)

So sorry! Hugs to all.



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Glenys's picture

(post #49663, reply #8 of 43)

Oh, Jillie, my heart breaks for you.  I'll give a good cry for you tonight. 

KarenP's picture

(post #49663, reply #9 of 43)

  I'm sorry Jill to you and each of your family the not so furry and the furry. 

debe5t's picture

(post #49663, reply #10 of 43)

I am so sorry for your loss.She looks so young and healthy in your photo.


I have been noticing my 11 yr.old golden,Clyde,getting creeky and slow lately and it sends terror to me heart.


We send licks and hugs to you and your family.


Deb

assibams's picture

(post #49663, reply #11 of 43)

Oh no! I'm really sorry for your loss, poor Gillen. Sending comforting hugs across the pond and continent.


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tones's picture

(post #49663, reply #12 of 43)

It is so sad to lose a trusted friend, and my thoughts are with you and your family.  What a loving, caring family you are!  I wish you could physically feel this family of C.T.ers' arms around you.

Wolvie's picture

(post #49663, reply #13 of 43)

So sorry to hear about Sitka - but you gave an older dog some great care and companionship and that means a lot.


Best to you and your family.


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Canuck's picture

(post #49663, reply #14 of 43)

Oh Jill, I'm so sorry. I know you gave Sitka wonderful times, and that she couldn't have had better human friends.


Karen

DeannaS's picture

(post #49663, reply #15 of 43)

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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AnnL's picture

(post #49663, reply #16 of 43)

I'm so sorry to hear this.  Hugs to you and Gillen and your Mom. 

Ann
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Gretchen's picture

(post #49663, reply #17 of 43)

So so sorry. We had that with both our "puppies" (aren't they always?!!) last year. It's hard to have to be the "big person", and let them go. Memories are sweet.

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MadMom's picture

(post #49663, reply #18 of 43)

I'm so sorry, my friend.  I'm weeping big tears for you and your family this morning, but know that Sitka is much happier where she is, and you gave her some wonderful times for you all to remember.



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Risottogirl's picture

(post #49663, reply #19 of 43)

I am so so sorry, it is so hard to lose a furry friend, they love us so unconditionally.

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #49663, reply #20 of 43)

So sorry. Bless you for adopting an older pet from the pound-you gave her many good years.

Perhaps you and Gillian can make a photo collage of his favorite pictures, so you can keep seeing those blue eyes.

PS It's too late for this pet, but one thing that has helped me is getting my pets cremated and getting their ashes back. The ashes come back in a nice little box. I find it strangely comforting to keep their ashes on a shelf, w/ a few pictures.

moxie's picture

(post #49663, reply #21 of 43)

I am so sorry, Jill. Big hugs to you and all your family.

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DJ's picture

(post #49663, reply #22 of 43)

I'm so sorry, the passing of a beloved pup is so hard. I'l tell my Samoyed girls,Klister and Sasha, to look for Sitka and show her the best places to play in the snow, while they wait for their humans to catch up.


 


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chiffonade's picture

(post #49663, reply #23 of 43)

My springer is 10 and gray around the eyes.  He gets spurts of puppy-ness and bounces around but he's definitely slowing down.  I'm trying to prepare myself.


I think on the whole, pounds will err on the side of youth when estimating the age of a pet.  In any case, she was obviously still viable and made a wonderful family member.  Let me add my applause for adopting an older shelter pet.


I loved reading your beautiful words about Sitka.  Give your son and mom and any other critters you have around a big hug from me.


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Marcia's picture

(post #49663, reply #24 of 43)

So sorry for the loss of Sitka, Jill, but she was fortunate to have you, Gillen and your mom.

Condolences to you all.

annieqst's picture

(post #49663, reply #25 of 43)

Oh Jillsifer! I'm so sorry...and isn't it your birthday too? What a sad combination, but what a wonderful loving home you provided for Sitka. Lots of hugs to you and your family and your other pups.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #49663, reply #26 of 43)

I am so sorry, Jill... right on your Birthday to have so much sadness....

many hugs going your way, she was a beautiful gorgeous dog

 


 


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Quilter's picture

(post #49663, reply #27 of 43)

I just saw your post.  I'm typing this through tears.  I am so very sorry.  When beloved pets pass away a part of us goes with them but we are the better for having known and loved them.  Rest easy Sitka.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #49663, reply #28 of 43)

I am so sorry to hear about Sitka.  Big hugs to you, Gillen and your mom.


Carole4's picture

(post #49663, reply #29 of 43)

So sorry. DH had to put his dog down several years ago and he still talks about him! Sitka is in doggy heaven, I know...

roz's picture

(post #49663, reply #30 of 43)

Sorry for the loss of your beloved pup...I guess we never get over losing a pet.

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