Sunday, September 08, 2013

Rest in Peace - Alex; 10/24/2002 - 9/8/2013

Today, we had the sad task of letting Alex go. Just a few weeks before his 11th birthday, he was in too much pain and too weak to let him go on. In the end, the lymphoma got him, but he put up a very brave fight for a couple of months. 

He was fine just a few days ago. Well, "fine" given that he was undergoing chemotherapy for the cancer. But, he was eating, running around, playing with his toys. Here is a video of Alex with his toys.

Sometimes it seems like it just isn't worth it having pets and losing them. But, I've come to believe that a few hours of crying, a few days of pain, and a lifetime of occasional sad reflections is really a small price to pay for the all of the companionship, joy, laughter and unconditional love they provide.

PS: Here is a cross link to Lynne's post:

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Posted under: Dog Stuff • by Rick on 09/08/2013 at 10:06 AM
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  1. Alex was, as all your dogs, just beautiful. So glad he was still happy and playful until near the end.

    Posted by Debra Mickelson  on  09/09/2013  at  06:37 AM
  2. Sorry for your loss.  And well-spoken.  Every time I lose a bird I think it isn’t worth the pain and then I find joy and solace amongst the living ones and I realize that pain is a part of living.  To not have the birds would be to eliminate a lot of joy, wonder and companionship.

    Posted by Susanne Cochran  on  09/09/2013  at  07:10 AM
  3. Thanks so much for the video, Rick. I cried and I laughed.

    It’s true, it hurts so much to lose a pet, but the joy of sharing their lives is worth it all, in the end.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/09/2013  at  10:19 AM
  4. Thanks for all your nice comments. We are still grieving, but time will heal, I’m sure. Still, he will always be in our heads and hearts as he was the best ever.

    Posted by Rick  on  09/10/2013  at  06:54 AM

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