Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tator's Spirit is Free

We set Tator free yesterday. She was our older Greyhound. She had been sick for some time, but recently had gotten worse. Over the last couple of weeks, her appetite had dropped rapidly and by yesterday, she couldn't even stand. We took her to the vet and he agreed that she would be better off if we ended her suffering.

We're still very sad about it and Ace (our male Grey) and Luke (our son) haven't really figured it out yet. This morning, though, Ace raced out the outside door and looked all over the place for her. When he came back in, he looked over the living room and back to our bedroom where she spent her last hours before we took her to the doctor. He walked to his bed and stood there, looking at me. I tried to tell him that she was gone and at peace. He looked at me while I spoke and then looked away and laid down. He'll miss her.

I'm glad that we had the strength to let her go, though. Even the Bible teaches that animals have a spirit of life. While I don't believe that animals have souls, Greyhounds probably have the closest thing to a soul in their big, sweet hearts.

She'll run through the stars, now. Run on, Tator girl, your spirit is free.


Jamison said...

that is a nice blog Sip, sorry for the loss. Josie, my chocolate lab, had stomach ulcers, and while laying under the shade of a tree in my parents back yard, she gave them the "It is time for me to go" look.

One good thing, the cell phone blog is now long and buried due to this blog... it is in the running for a blog award of 2006, so congrats!

bigsip said...

Yeah, it was time to let that blog go, too.

Tator was giving us the "look" a couple of days ago.

I'm just glad my Mom was here so Rachel could go with me to have Tator put to sleep.

After we left our sweet girl, Rachel took care of paying the bill. I was crying too hard to do anything.

Brewster said...

Sorry Josh and Rachel.

I miss having a dog.

bigsip said...

Thanks, Brew. I miss Tator a lot. I hope Ace lives a good while longer. But, when he passes eventually, I don't think we'll have another pet.

It's just too hard to let them go.

tnmommieof2 said...

I am sorry Josh. Letting go of Lil'Girl, the dog I grew up with was really hard.

I'm sure you all know, but we gave Banjo away a while back, and when I got home that night and all his things were gone, I cried and cried

It's amazing how quickly we become attached to animals..we only had him 6 months..

bigsip said...

Thanks, Julianna.

It still hurts some, but we're alright.

We're just glad that she is at rest now. She was so sweet and deserved to be free. I'll always remember and miss her, though.

Jamison said...

good dog... very very smelly breath, but otherwise a fine beast.

Ace, I thought, was older than Tator...

bigsip said...

No, we got him first, but he's younger by 2 years.

He's healthier, too. He wasn't at the track as long and therefore wasn't exposed to all of the hormones and steroids she was for so long.

She did have sour breath, but the sweetest disposition I've ever seen in a dog.

Diana said...

That's really sad, you guys. I'm so sorry. She was sweet.