Sunday, September 19, 2010

Goodbye, Sophie (1997-2010)

Today the 1st Mate, Dr. Salomon, the Vet, and I concurred that it was time to let go of our 13 year old Maltese mix family member. Two weeks ago she stopped eating, started to stagger when she walked, started losing weight. We've been making daily visits to Dr. Salomon for the last week for injections, instructions, IVs, and prescriptions. Two days ago the infection moved into her lungs and that pretty much meant the end of the game.

Before her illness, sleeping on her favorite cushion.

When the sea breeze comes up this afternoon, we'll go out to the ranch where the Green Flash sits, and find a place to bury her mortal remains. Digging in the desert is hard, but when you live in a condo development there's no place near the house. The 1st Mate and I will take the air compressor and an air chisel along with the shovel to create Sophie's resting place. The desert doesn't yield easily.

Emotionally, I'm a wreck. And with almost 10 years without a drink, I want one now.
Maybe tomorrow.


Jan said...

Oh Jim and Bliss - i am so so sorry. I am so glad I got to know Sophie. These pets are our lives. I am glad she is out of her misery. Sending love to you and Bliss.


Chrissy y Keith said...

Oh Jim and Bliss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. You gave Sophie a wonderful life.

Mic said...

Forever in your hearts
....and only as far away as your thoughts.

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Sorry about your dog...

rob said...

I know how you feel, I still have tears in my eyes when I think of our old Labby " Gemma" (who was "put to sleep" 10 years ago) They are such a loss, when we finally manage to make up our minds, that they have suffered enough. Our latest family Labby is funnily enough called Sophie! Best of luck with the internment (I guess its all over and done with now, sorry for being so late with my wishes)