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We lost our beloved Mady Girl last year 3 day before thanks giving. She was only 5 when we lost here to a freak illness. We spread her ashes in her favorite field near our home and read a poem (below) that perfectly described my relationship with her. We have 2 Vizslas today but, we get emotional when we talk about ou Mady Girl. She was very special.

Marc

MESSAGE TO A FRIEND
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I miss you so much; my four-legged friend
I ask myself each day; if the pain will ever end
Your loss is so hard; for one person to bear
because we were a team; an inseparable pair

You were by my side; when I got up each day
waiting so patiently; to go out and play
You were there each night; when I got home
waiting to go to the park; where you could roam

You always knew; if I was having a bad day
so you'd snuggle up close; and try to get me to play
If that didn't work; you'd put your head in my lap
then make yourself comfortable; and take a nap

One way or another you; would brighten my day
like only you could; you had a special way
You gave me a lifetime; of memories to hold
through all the years ahead; till I'm gray and old

I promise I'll see you; again one day
when we'll be together again; to go run and play
Your loss is a cross; I will just have to bear
because you and I know; we're an inseparable pair
 

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Nice tribute to Mady.

We had to put our Maizie down two years ago right after Memorial Day weekend. Even now hardly a week goes by that I don't think about her.

How wonderful that you were able to spend 5 years with her. Your life would not be what it is today if she hadn't been there to show you what you were missing.
 

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To Mady and the humans that loved her.
RBD

A Dog's purpose seen through the eyes of a 6 year old.

"Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,

''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''

The Six-year-old continued,

''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
 

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So sorry for your loss of Mady Girl almost a year ago. I am very familiar with that kind of grief, and I know how it can cut like a knife. :'(
 

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To Mady's folks

I've had to put three down, two earlier than should have been, yet still today I remember them all clearly and can still them running around like demons.
These dogs give so much, and ask so little. It humbles me.
Keep her memories in your heart always.
 

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Marc, I know this is an old post and we express our condolences for Mady. We 're going through the same experience having lost our vizsla - at 2 yrs - to a rare disease. Just curious, you mention a freak illness. Can you say what the illness was? Thanks
 
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