Monday, 11 March 2013

A Sad Goodbye To Our Sweet Gentle Giant, Cookie

Hello everyone.  Sorry that I haven't been around for a few days. But our family have been trying to come to terms with the loss of our beautiful sweet gentle giant, Cookie.
She started to be ill on Saturday afternoon, sickness and losing blood. We phoned our vet and they told us to monitor the situation, as it could be something that had upset her tummy.  We sat up with her all night. But by 3.00 am Sunday morning she had become much worse, she didn't even have the strength to stand.  Michael and Ross had to carry her to the car. She weighed 120lbs!! We rushed her to the vet, and they said her vital signs were very bad. After watching her go down hill fast, and with no positive results from any treatment, we couldn't bare to see her suffer any longer, we had to say good bye.  Fortunately, being that time in the morning, we were the only ones in the surgery, so we had some quiet time to lay with her, gently hug her and tell her how much we loved her. It was absolutely heartbreaking.  It upset us even more when the vet couldn't find a vein to insert the cannula, her pulse was so weak.  It took 30 minutes of poking and prodding before they finally managed it.  But, Cookie being the beautiful girl she was, didn't make any fuss.  She just let them get on with it...Bless her! She finally went to sleep at 6.00 am.
I'm still feeling very weepy and even finding one of her hairs in the carpet sets me off. I know some people may think it's stupid when she was a dog.  But to us she was a big part of our family and we all loved her and miss her so very much.
She's free of pain and suffering now, and in my mind she will be running and playing in beautiful green fields, with sweet smelling flowers, which she loved, and I know we will meet her again one day.
Here is our beautiful girl Cookie in happier times...


Fun in the park!
Patiently waiting to go for walkies.
Her favourite place in our garden, sleepy in the warm sunshine.
And finally...with our son, Ross...they adored one another!

Please forgive me if I don't get around to visiting you all in the next few days. 

Thank you for stopping by
Lots of love, Sasha xx

51 comments:

Marie-Louise said...

So sorry Sasha. I do not have any animals but growing up we had dogs and a pony - so I know how much a part of the family they become.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Sasha what a terrible experience you had to go through.Must have been so heart breaking when they couldnt really help her. May Cookie RIP.

Craftilicious said...

So sorry to hear your sad news Sasha - I've had to go through that twice (a dog and a cat) and it's just heartbreaking. Sending you a huge hug.
Tara
x

Pat K said...

Oh Sasha, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Cookie. I'm crying as I type this as it brings back the pain I have felt. Our Son has a Bull Mastiff and yes, they are very, very special. May you be comforted by the wonderful memories you have. Sending big hugs, Pat K x

Marlou McAlees said...

Sasha, i'm in tears :( :( this is so heart breaking, I don't know what to say to you as they are such a big part and important part of the family. Thinking of you, take care, love Marlou xxx

Thea said...

Hello Sasha,

I am so sorry for the loss of Cookie. When you have animals at home (we have a cat) it is always a part of the family! Someday you will give a place and you have lots of beautiful memory's.

Big hug
Thea
xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Sasha I am so sorry to hear your sad news ...I know exactly what you are going through as we have been there also...it's going to take a long time .i still miss my little girl 8 years on.
Sending youa big hug...

Anne dx

Crafty Lark said...

So very sad, sending you loads of hugs to share. xx Flora

Gibmiss said...

Hello Sasha
What a beautiful dog .... It is so sad ... Just reading your post to Roy... And my voice went....
Lots of love
Sylvie xxxx
Thinking of you all at yhis very sad time......

Ria Gall said...

They are our babies and we love them dearly. Sending you loving thoughts at this very sad time
Ria

Pauline said...

Oh Sasha, I'm so sorry to hear this very sad news. Do not be apologetic for your feelings because he was 'just a pet' he was a part of your family, and your feelings are normal. I am not a pet owner myself (3 kids!) but I know from friends who own dogs and other pets how important they are to their families. So sorry for you and your family, he looks like a lovely dog. Big hugs my friend ((xxx))

Mary J said...

I'm crying as I write this - I am so sorry for your loss Sasha. We have two Yellow Labradors (3 and 6 years old) and I can't bear the thought of them dying. I know your sweet Cookie will have given you years of happiness and I hope those memories will comfort you.

Take care sweet friend and know that I am thinking of you.

Hugs
Mary x

Valerie said...

Heartbreaking news Sasha, the loss of a family pet leaves an enormous hole in your life, sending you a big hug!
Val xx

Katina said...

Oh, Sasha, I am so very sorry to read this. It all happened so fast which I'm sure must add to the shock. Sending big hugs to you all.
xxx

Sue - bearhouse said...

Oh dear Sasha. My heart goes out to you, I am deeply saddened to hear about your beloved Cookie. You are certainly not stupid for being so upset. Our beloved pets become a big part of our families and it is always so hard to say goodbye to them.
Thinking of you and sending you big hugs.
Sue xx

Annette said...

I'm so sorry Sasha. X

Jenny said...

Sasha, losing a pet is losing a member of the family and I'm so sorry for your loss. It's hard when you have to make that decision but you made the right decision by Cookie. My heartbreaks for you... sending a big hug to you and your family xxx
Jenny x

Deborah Frings said...

I am so sorry for your loss! Keeping you all in my thoughts. Hugs xx

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Hartbreaking the lost of your Cookie. He was such a time a part of your family. Lots of love Sasha
Marja

kathi17 said...

I'm so sorry Sasha. I've always had animals until a year and a half ago. One of the reasons we didn't get any more was because of the heartbreak of losing them. Like you, I've always held my animals at the end. I know that they know I am there and giving them love until the very end.

pam said...

oh Sasha, my heart is breaking with you , I know just what your going through, we have been there four times now, could not speak to anyone for days, last one was 3yrs ago, luckly we had a one year old as well, that helped so much.
take care pam

Anneke said...

Dear Sasha.
what a heartbreaking news that you lost your sweet dog.
i know how that feels because we lost last year also a doggie and i am still missing him.
your dog is your soulmate and just like a child , a part of your family.
but you have the memories and photo,s from him and he will always stays in your heart.
take care and a big hug to you.
Ann

aussie aNNie said...

Tears in my eyes a sad moment Sasha and I would hate to see the time when I lose my girl...Your son looks so like mine...and he had a staffie with these colours, gentle as well. Keep smiling we are all with you.xxxx

brenda said...

Oh dear Sasha, I've read through your post and I'm shedding tears with you.

It's the most heartbreaking thing ever and although I know it's the kindness thing we can do for them at times like this, it doesn't make the hurt any better.

I lost my beautiful Buffy on 21st of September, so I really do feel for you I know exactly how you must be feeling.

They play a huge part in our lives and are one of the family so it's only natural they leave huge void when they go.

Sending you big hugs and love.

B x

Chris said...

Oh, Sasha, I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. xx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

So sorry Sasha, it must be heart breaking for you and your family.
Sending {{{hugs}}}
jacqui xxx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh Sasha ... I'm am crying here for you ... and for your family ... I know only too well the pain and loss you feel and no words can ease the aching. I miss my dogs every single day and it's not stupid or silly to feel the way you do ... I'm here if you need to talk ... sending you a hug my friend xxx

sheila said...

Oh Sasha, I feel for you. It is so hard to lose a pet. They truly do become one of the family and are so important to us humans and our everyday happiness. My own two dogs are such comforting companions for me and I love them dearly. I can only imagine how you feel with Cookie gone. Thinking of you!

Monica said...

Oh Sasha, I am so sorry to hear about Cookie but as you say she is dancing with flowers around her, free of all the pain. What a patient lady she was. Bless her and I hope you can get down to craft to take your mind off.
We used to have dogs when we were kids because my dad was a dog lover. One can get so attached to them and then it is so sad to see them go.
Love,
M

Sarah said...

Sending you my love Sasha, our pets do become members of the family, so loyal and gentle, it's heartbreaking when we have to say goodbye.

Hugs
Sarah xx

Viv said...

Oh Sasha I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet Cookie. They come into our lives and steal our hearts away don't they.We have lost a cat and a dog so know how you feel. It took me ages before I could even look at their photographs again. Sending you lots of gentle hugs :( Viv xx

Gay Peplow said...

Hello there Sasha, I'm so sorry for your loss. Cookie (in the photographs) was a beautiful dog and a member of your family. I'm sure she will be very sadly missed. Big hugs to you, Gay x

Maria said...

Am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved pet, Cookie! My cocker spaniel passed four years ago. He was my little sweetie. I dearly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Thank you for sharing those sweet photos...take care...hugssss!

Patricia said...

Aww!! Sasha,
Here are some (((((HUGS)))))
I am so sorry to here about the loss of your beloved Cookie.
We don`t have pets but my son has 2 dogs one of which passed away almost a year ago. The boys still talk about him and say they miss him. We actually miss him coming to the house he was such a gentle dog. He was old but still he was part of the family and sadly missed. We do have some great memories that we all treasure.
Take care

Patricia xxx

Chris said...

I'm so very sorry to read your post Sasha and sorry that you've lost Cookie. I know it's an awful time to get through having lost my gorgeous dog eighteen months ago. Thinking of you and sending you a big hug. Chris x

Anneke said...

dear Sascha.
i hope you are doing better these days .
you have the memories from your sweet pet , and it take a while to get over this lost,.
you are in my thoughts.
take care my friend and hugs to you.
Ann

Joan Ervin said...

Oh Sasha...I am sooo sorry for the loss of your furry friend, Cookie!!!! I know how hard it is to loose such a loved pet...we lost our Jake several years ago and I swore that I wouldn't get another dog but a few months ago we adopted little Pumpkin. We are so in love with him!!! I'm sending lots of hugs and prayers to you and your family for comfort and strength to get through these hard times!!!

Marge said...

So very sorry for your loss, Sasha!

baileyrosy.com said...

Oh Sasha, I have tears running down my face as I type this, how utterly heartbreaking for you and your family. I feel your pain as I have been there on so many occasions I miss all of my beautiful babies.Cookie was such a beautiful girl and can never be replaced I know but the only thing that could console me a little after each loss was to choose a new puppy. None could ever take the place of the previous baby but it did help our family to laugh again. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Take care

Marie

JunieC said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved pet Cookie. When we lost our last dog my husband said no more pets but after three and a half years I decided to surprise him with a puppy for his Christmas. Things never looked back and the only thing I regretted was waiting so long as Macy brought so much love and fun to our family.You will never forget Cookie but the pain does ease in time. Love to you and your family. xxx

Inkyfingers said...

Oh Sasha, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely Cookie. No words can express how it feels to lose someone you love but I hope the happy memories you have will bring some comfort.

Viv said...

Just to let you know I am still thinking of you Sasha. Sending you gentle hugs, take care of yourself.Email me if you want to talk :) Viv xx

Patricia said...

Good evening Sasha,
Just popped by to see if you were Blogging again.
Thinking about you, take care, hopefully your pain will start to ease a little soon.
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Teresa Kline said...

I am so very sorry for your loss, I too had to lay my sweet baby to rest around the same time...March 13. I hope you will find comfort in the days ahead!

hugs *~*

Patricia said...

Good afternoon Sasha,
Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers,
((((HUGS)))))

Patricia. XXX

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Sasha, I was just visiting Patricia and your comment was just before mine I couldn't help but notice that you've been a bit unwell:{ I hope that you feel better soon, thinking of you and wishing you well, hugs Gay x

Patricia said...


Just popped in to see if you were OK.
Obviously you are still under the weather and in pain.
Thinking of you
Hugs

Patricia xxx

Bridget said...

Sasha, I just came across this post and I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Cookie....it's heart breaking, and you are in my thoughts...what a very lucky dog to be cared for by such a loving family...

Heather Jensen said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your pet. My little miniature pinser had to be put to sleep a few years back and I was terribly upset. I think that animals are just as much a part of the family as anyone else and it is so hard to lose them. I am sending you a big ((HUG))!

Marybeth said...

Sasha,I am so sorry for your loss,and heavy heart! A dog is a huge part of the family! I lost it when I saw the picture of Ross with Cookie. She was a gorgeous dog! I know the pain, and hope your heavy heart will lighten soon. HUGS !

Anne-Elise said...

Oh, Sasha! I'm so sorry to hear your sad news.... Thinking of you! Take care, big hugs