Monday, January 24, 2011

set free

At 2:00 AM, Misty's sweet soul was set free. She was in congestive heart failure. Despite my sadness, I immediately felt a huge sense of relief. Misty's pain had come to an end. 
I'm having a hard time finding words.  I want to honor Misty, remember her for all she was before she got sick.  Then, I realized, I had already written everything to sum up my feelings about my special dog.

So, please read "misty's story" to find out how Misty came into my life.  Somehow, someway, I ended up with the best dog in the world.

Then read a post I wrote about Misty in 2007.  Nothing has changed since I wrote that post, except for her illness.

We will never have a dog as sweet as Misty.  

I miss you baby girl. Wherever you are, I hope you find squirrels to bark at, woods to walk in, some cool rocks to make a bed in, and a "food lady" who will give you lots of bacon.    Thank you for every enthusiastic welcome home greeting, being my blanket in the winter, waking your daddy every morning (it's cheerio time!), letting us know when it's snack time!(7:30PM, on the button), and annoying the neighbors when they were building yet another playhouse.  I hope you know how much we loved you.

60 comments:

Diana said...

Oh god Sara, I started crying as soon as I saw the post title. Im so glad she got to have a wonderful life with you all. Im sure she knew how much you all loved her. Such a sweet girl. I hope Oreo will be ok, Im sure he is missing her too. Im going to sign off now because I cant stop crying and Im at work. Take care

Lian said...

OH Sara! I dreaded for this day to come! Misty had won my heart since I first drop by at your blog. I am so very sorry. My heart goes to you and Jeff and Oreo. I just can't stop crying! WE love you very much Misty girl! RIP.

Helen said...

Oh Sara... I knew when I saw the title of the post. Misty is free now of any pain and I'm sure she's having fun chasing squirrels. Take care of yourself. Give Oreo a big hug. I'm at work so I'm trying to hold back the tears. God Speed, Angel Misty.

Helen, Tucker and Beckett

Abby and Aiden said...

So sorry for your loss of such a precious fur baby.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Sara - I am so very sorry. Misty was a once in a lifetime sweet, sweet girl and she will be missed so much but I'm also glad to know she is no longer in pain. I read your special Misty posts and smiled through the tears. Sending you and Jeff and Oreo the biggest and most sincere hugs ever - although I can't be right there with you know that I am there with you in spirit.

Chris

Rob said...

Oh Sara, what a terrible shock this post is to me. I haven't been around to keep up with what was happening. This is just so sad. Well I know your terrible pain right now and I know there is nothing I or anyone else can say to make it go away. I think I will not be able to work this afternoon - I am so sorry.

Ludo van Doggy said...

I really didn't want to read this post when I saw it on my reader. I had to click and look away and build up the courage to read.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't know what to say, but she was a great girl and I know how much you'll miss her. I'm pleased that you felt relieved, it shows it was the right time and I think Misty was probably ready. She's taught Oreo what he needs to know to look after you now. It really is a testament to Misty's wonderful nature and her life with you that we will all feel her loss as well. I felt like I knew Misty and watching her and Oreo always reminds me of Ludo and Penny.
My thoughts are with you and Ludo sends his biggest kisses.
~Dee

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

My pal Ludo shared Misty's khrossing -

We are furry sorry but also feel the same relief -

We'll light a khandle fur her this evening to help her find The Next Room akhross The Rainbow Bridge -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra and Her Mom

LauraK said...

OH Sara, what a beautiful post. I am so sad for you and Oreo, but happy that Misty is pain free chasing squirrels, having fun adventures and watching over you two. Misty has totally won my heart, and I haven't even met her :) Such a sweet soul who was so lucky to have you and Oreo as her comrades in life. Homer, Riley, Penny and l will all be thinking of you and sending love your way :) Hang in there!

Two Dogs, One Camera said...

:( Sara, I am so sorry, I saw the title and my heart dropped, I have to hold back the tears :( You gave her the most wonderful life a dog could ask for! May you find peace that she has crossed rainbow bridge and she is no longer in pain, running in fields of green, and chasing all the pesky squirrels!

RIP Dear Misty

Priscilla said...

Tears flowed down my eyes as soon as I read the title...Sara, we want you to know that we are with you throughout this grieving process. Misty girl won our hearts too. The posts you wrote about her made me cry. Eva even looked at me and asked what's wrong.

You were both so lucky to have each other and we are so lucky to have known her too. I know she's in heaven with Munchkin, Hana and Laura now and I'm sure they will take good care of her up there.

My heart is with you, Jeff and Oreo. Hope Oreo is ok.

Dawn said...

I have no words for you right now. I was afraid to open my computer this morning before work, because somehow I knew.

Hugs to you and your husband...and especially to Oreo.

Jules said...

oh Sara, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to all.

Jake of Florida said...

Hello. We didn't know your sweet Misty -- but just one look at her photo and we understand what a love she must have been.

We're sorry for your loss and hope the support from all her friends will help comfort you in this sad time.

Jake and Just Harry -- and Mom, Joan

Joan said...

Oh Sara. Tears, tears and more tears are flowing. Misty was truly a very special dog. I am so sorry. Hugs to you, Jeff and Oreo.
Love "the Bacon Lady".

Brittany said...

Sara, I am so very sorry for your loss of such a special dog. Misty will be remembered and loved by so many people. Hugs and happy thoughts to you and your family.

Kathy said...

OH Sara, Jeff, and Oreo I am so sorry for your loss. I cant even tell you how i am feeling right now, I am sitting here bawling and I never met Misty in person but gosh it is hard to think of coming here and not seeing her again, it seems so unreal, I can not imagine how you are feeling. On the other hand how wonderful for Misty to never feel more pain, and be comfortable and running happy and free on the other side of the bridge. I cant read her stories right now, but will later this afternoon after the shock wears off a little. Wish I was there to give you huge........What a special girl that touched more lives then you know ;-)

AC said...

No no no!!! Oh Sara, I'm so sorry. I haven't been around much lately but felt a strange urgency to stop by your blog before work today. I wish it wasn't to say bye to Misty.

What a precious girl you had. I feel a sense of peace in your post and truly hope that that supports and surrounds you during this hard time.

Kona and I will pause at sunrise tomorrow to send wishes to your sweet girl.

Sam said...

OK, I'm all kinds of leaky after reading this post and the old posts (which I have read before, too). I did not want to come to your blog and see this news. I am so, so sorry Sara, Jeff, and Oreo. I feel as if I've really grown to know and love Misty over the years that I've been reading your blog. What a kind, sweet soul she was. Godspeed, little girl, go chase every squirrel there is up there at the bridge....

katie said...

There just are no words to really bring comfort. Through your stories and pics Misty came to be our friend too, and she will be missed.

Please take care of yourselves and of Oreo. I'm sure he will be grieving too. Perhaps you can find comfort in his hugs and kisses. Our thoughts are with you.

vici whisner said...

I am very sorry for your loss, but happy you have such wonderful memories of your little girl.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

We just heard this from Eva's blog. We are just so sorry about your loss. She is pain free now and running and having a wonderful time while looking down at you. My last dog, Alex, had congestive heart failure and I finally had to let him go. It was very hard to do but I knew he was suffering trying to get his breathe. I an sure Misty will run into Alex along the way! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Lacy said...

sad w00fs, sooo sorry on your loss of ur precious girl...Dee and Ludo shared it with us on facebook...sending u love and support as u go through this difficult time..RIP Misty, run with the wind..

a sad,
rocky and bear
jodee and angel lacylulu
and mama...

betty said...

Misty is yours forever. Forever in your heart. Forever in your history and an important part of Oreo's history, as well. She has made you laugh and cry. She has got you wet and kept you warm and dry. She has amazed you with her good nature and spirit. Misty rewarded your love with her love. She is a very precious memory. Hugs and lots of love to you, Jeff and Oreo. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful stories about Misty. This furry wonder touched our hearts and kept us in smiles.

Reilly / Bree said...

Words can never truly express how much it hurts to lose a loved one but I am sure Misty is at peace and happy over the rainbow bridge.

Love and Lickies
Reilly

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you. I know what is like to look into their sweet gentle face, so trusting, and you know they trust you to do what is best. I will keep you in my prayers.

Vonnie said...

Read this on Evas blog. So sorry to hear of your loss! She was gorgeous and didn't look 12! Run free little one!

verobirdie said...

Oh Sarah, I had understood yesterday what was coming, and I saw the news on Eva's blog, but still, I'm crying for Misty. I did not know her for her long time, commented even less, but she had become part of my life too and I'll miss her too.
I'm sure you did the best for her, and she has had a happy life with you until the very end.
I share your sadness tonight.

Martha and Bailey said...
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Martha and Bailey said...

We were very sorry to hear about Misty, from her friend Ludo.
Run free Misty
xxxx

MntSunShine said...

I am so very sorry for your loss and the loss of Oreo's companion. I think she is in that perfect place with my Kayo, Rob's Tippy, and all those other special companions no longer here on earth, playing, jumping, chasing their tails, jumping for joy free from pain. What a gift to have known her through your writings and beautiful photos. Thank-you for sharing that gift.

Stella said...

Hello Sara,

Our mutual friend Ludo said I should come and learn about Misty. What touching stories you have told! When we get a dog, we know our time will be limited, but we do it anyway and bear the grief when they go. My heart is with you
and I love what you have written.

Jo and Stella the dog

andrea said...

(((((HUGS)))))
my heart aches for you and Oreo ...
Misty is in a better place :)

George the Lad said...

Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time
Run free dear Misty
George and Jan xxx

Coco said...

Dear Oreo, I'm so sorry that you have lost you best friend, at least she is not in pain any more. Please make sure you give your mummy plenty of hugs.
Love Coco.

George the Lad said...

Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time
Run free dear Misty
George and Jan xxx

madcobug said...

Awww Sara this made me cry. May she rest in peace with no more hurting and pain. It really hurts to lose a beloved pet. They become like family members. Sending up prayers that God will help you two to cope with this. I will have to come back later and read her story from her.
Hugs, Helen

Helen said...

"Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in Heaven where the love of those we have lost shines down upon us to let us know they are happy." Praying that the stars are extra bright for you.

The Thuglets said...

We are so sorry to learn of your sad loss of Misty.

Our thoughts are with you.

Run free with the wind in your face Misty!

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

nologic said...

Run free sweet Misty.
I am so sorry.
She was a sweet, wonderful dog that brought smiles to many faces.

labradorknitter said...

Sara, I have just read about it, and I am so so sad! It's always so hard to see them struggle and it breaks your heart to let them go. She won't be forgotten, at least she'll stay in your (and mine) heart forever. Wherever she is, she is surely happy.

HUGS xx

Manu

Dot Baxter said...

I am so sorry for your loss. They are never with us long enough. It sounds like she had a great life with you. RIP Misty and run free with my angels at the Bridge.
Mom to 5 rescues and 6 angels.

madcobug said...

Sara I came back and read Misty's story. I am glad that she had a wonderful life with all of you. Poor Oreo will miss her so much. I remember how one is so lonesome after another one is gone. It just plain hurts to watch the one left behind. Rest in Peace Misty. You will suffer no longer. Helen

Asta said...

Ouw heawts go out to you
Youw Bootiful good giwl Misty is wunning pain fwee ovew the wainbow and I know I will see and kiss hew thewe someday, but I undewstand how hooman heawts bweak when they have to say fawewell(not boodbye)to theiw beloved fuwwkid.
I wewead all about Musty
And I think bof she and you wewe vewy lucky to have found each othew. Twy to wemembew the wondewful times ..I know you will aftew youw teaws dwy
Sad smoochie kisses
ASTA

Kristine said...

I am so so so sorry. I am so shocked as it seemed like she was doing so much better. I can only imagine what you are going through. Thank you for sharing the news - even though I never met her, I feel I have gotten to know a little part of Misty through your blog. And so do many others. Misty will live on in all our memories.

Take care. My thoughts and hugs are with you.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss....this made me cry... My heart goes out to you . I do not have a blog, however I have been reading your blog for some time and enjoy it very much.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Painter Pack said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know the pain of loss but words can never make it sting any less. Misty was a beautiful girl who had a fantastic life with you. And in your heart, you know someday you'll be together again.

Painter Pack

KEY WEST COLLIES said...

We read Reilly's blog and had to stop over. We know Misty was a special dog. Know that you always have friends in the dog blog world.

We know Misty is meeting new friends across the bridge. It seems dogs have so much to teach s and so little time to do it.

Dog Speed

Essex, Deacon & Dog Dad

Kim said...

What a beautiful tribute to Misty. May she forever run pain free. May all the wonderful memories she left you with help ease the pain of her having to go on without you.

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi, we just came from Eva's blog and wanted to paw our prayers for you and family. We dont know Misty but thank you for sharing her story with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She sure's special.

Maxx and mommy

Sam said...

We are new to your blog, and didn't know your girl very well yet, but we are so sorry to hear this. We are sending hugs your way.

Sam

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

Heard from Sam & Marge about your sad news. All of us here are so sorry for you loss.

Pretend like each of us can take on an ounce of your grief, and if a whole bunch of us do that ... maybe you'll feel a bit better sooner.

XO

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're sure Misty knew how much you loved her, but it is hard to lose a furry member of the family.

Marie said...

I am so sorry to hear about Misty. I agree with so many others that commented before me, that even though many of us never had the privilege of knowing Misty in person, we loved her nonetheless.

Lorenza said...

Our thoughts are with you.
Take care
Lorenza and mom

Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

Hi there,
Eva told us about your sad loss. Misty knows how much you love her, and must be very glad to have belonged to your family.

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Godspeed, Misty.

Woofs,
Pepsi

Lindsay said...

I am so very sorry! She was such a sweet girl and my thoughts are with you.:'0(

Nicki said...

This brings tears to my eyes as I feel your pain and remember my own. Your are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only kner her via the blog world but she was beautiful and sweet and very special She will truly be missed. Give Oreo hugs and love from all of us. I know Misty and my Oreo much be having such fun now looking down at us and playing!

Freda said...

Have only just checked in. So sorry, and thank you for sharing so much of Misty with your readers over the years. RIP Misty

ra husky said...

We came to paw our respects; peace to you & godspeed to your baby. Soft husky woooos,

RA & Isis