Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Goodbye

I promise my New York post is coming. It's just about done but we've been interrupted over here by the death of our larger than life (literally) dog Hershey. We had to put her down yesterday and I've been pretty useless ever since. I haven't cried like that in years. She was our compromise for moving here, as in I'll-move-to-the-desert-if-you-get-me-a-dog, and so a week after we arrived, so did Hersh. She was our first-born and has been with us for our kids whole lives. Lots of tears were shed last night and Spence, Hannah and Sienna all slept in our room. Spence tried to be incredibly brave and the first thing he said upon hearing the news was "I'm glad she's healthy in heaven instead of sick here with us." Man I love that kid and after he went to everyone's room to collect something cozy for everyone to cuddle as they slept, he silently started crying. Brad laid with the girls on the floor and I stayed with Spence until everyone had calmed a bit. It was heart-wrenching. Who knew that a dog who's entire existence was made up of sleeping in every room of the house would be so missed?

Actually, we all did.

Thanks Hersh, for making us laugh, for being unbelievably patient and gentle as each of our kids climbed and pulled all over you, and for keeping us safe. We will miss you.




9 comments:

Mimi said...

ah Karen, I am so so so stinking sorry. Everyone loved the bersh. Now I am crying and kids are looking at me so I am going. My heart goes out to you guys.

dandee said...

Losing a family pet is so heart wrenching. I'm so sorry for your loss, Karen. I'll be thinking about you all + praying you find comfort.
xo.

Sarah said...

I feel for you and your family! Hugs!

Cathy said...

I'm so sorry! Just about two years ago I had to do that with our Ellie dog. It is such a hard thing. Anna talks all the time about how Ellie is doing in Heaven. Thinking about you guys.

Andre said...

Sad!

Dallin, Ashley and Claire said...

So sad. It's amazing how animals just get into your heart without you even realizing it. I hope you all have a better day today! Lots of love coming from the Calaway's!

Shayla said...

This just broke my heart. We've had to say goodbye to two pets in my life and I never thought it would be as hard as it was. Watching your children mourn them is even worse. Kenzie slept in our Cocker Spaniel's bed on the floor in our bedroom for two weeks until we got a puppy to "replace" her. They still miss their dog, though, even with a new one to try to help fill the void. Sending hugs your way!

tharker said...

I love The Bersh. I am so sorry, Karen. Yesterday, Hannah (mine) came home from school and was so sad when she asked if I had heard about Hershey. My kids sort of adopted Bersh as their own surrogate dog too.

Loves to you all!

Amy said...

I'm so sorry, for all of you. I love soft, gentle dogs who let you put your bare feet on them and Hershey seemed like that kind of dog. But I like what Spencer said about her being healthy in heaven. Hugs to all of you!