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Miss Betty the Basset, 1999-2012

Sometimes in life it falls on us to make the most difficult of decisions, and that’s what happened to me last week.  I’ve talked about Betty, my darling, elderly Basset hound, a couple of times, and how she’s been suffering from Megaesophagus for nearly 2 years. It finally got to the point where her body was beginning to shut down, and while I don’t think she was in constant pain, she was clearly miserable. As hard as it was for me to let her go, I could no longer be responsible for prolonging her suffering. She deserved better than that, but even more so, I just love her too much.

I’m so grateful that we were able to find a vet who would come to our home and help Betty to pass over where she was most comfortable and surrounded by her entire family. I hope it was also helpful for our other pets to be able to smell her after she had gone, I hope that gives them some understanding of what happened, and that their sister is gone.

I’m going to take the rest of this week off from blogging to be alone with my memories of Betty, but in the meantime please give all of your pets a big hug because the only thing I know for certain is that they always leave us too soon.

Goodbye my sweet Betty. I’ll miss you forever.


Weep Not For Me

Weep not for me though I am gone

Into that gentle night

Grieve if you will, but not for long

Upon my soul’s sweet flight

I am at peace, my soul’s at rest

There is no need for tears

For with your love I was so blessed.

There is no pain, I suffer not

The fear is now all gone.

Put now these things out of your thoughts

In your memory I live on.

Remember not my fight for breath

Remember not the strife

Please do not dwell upon my death,

But celebrate my life.

-Author unknown

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  • Ellie October 15, 2012, 8:04 am

    So sorry for your loss…that is never an easy thing. I hope you can find comfort in the wonderful life you provided her and the beautiful memories you get to keep. She was so lucky to have someone to make the hardest choice for her when she needed it most. I’ll give my pets a hug for you.

  • An Unrefined Vegan October 15, 2012, 8:26 am

    Barb, I’m so sorry for your loss of Betty. It’s just heartbreaking. Big hugs.

  • Gloria Kersh October 15, 2012, 10:08 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. It is never easy letting loved one’s go. Hugs to you!

  • Somer October 15, 2012, 10:27 am

    Lots of hugs for you Barb. Loved those gorgeous posts about Betty. I’ll be making my dog some of your dog treats in her honor. xoxo

  • Lindsay October 15, 2012, 10:49 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful girl, who I’m sure brought much joy to your life, and you to her’s. The decision to say good bye is the hardest decision a pet’s family ever makes. We said a very painful good bye to our boy Jack two months ago, and while the grief we felt was horrible, we reminded ourselves that the happiness he brought us had to out weigh the grief of saying good bye.

  • Robin October 15, 2012, 10:56 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Epicurean Vegan October 15, 2012, 11:48 am

    Barb, I’m so sorry for your loss! My dog is at the vet now after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. I know he’ll be ok, but I was still in tears after having to leave him at the vet. Our pets are so important to us and my heart goes out to you.

  • Vegan Thyme (Kelly) October 15, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I am giving our kids hugs right now, and tearful over your post. I am so sorry and know the hurt from losing a family companion is the worst kind of grief. We never have “enough” time with them. I will keep you and Betty in my heart this week. Hugs to you all. oxox

  • veggie4ayear October 15, 2012, 1:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! RIP Betty. Hugs to you and your family.

    I know it is so hard to let go, but at least you were able to be strong and selfless enough to be the best Momma you could be.

  • Megan @ AnnieOak Designs October 15, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Wags, snuggles and sloppy noses from my pack to yours. Take care.

  • MMSD October 15, 2012, 5:45 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our sweet Boxer mix, Jayden, had megaesophagus that was complicated by esophagitis and we had to say goodbye to her last month. It’s such a monster of a disease but our pups fight so hard against it. Rest in peace, Betty.

  • Kay October 15, 2012, 6:33 pm

    I’m so sorry you lost somebody so beloved. This really hits close to home. You made a very selfless decisioin.

  • Starr October 15, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Betty’s beautiful soul was obvious in every picture of her that you posted. My heart goes out to you.

  • Sophie33 October 16, 2012, 12:54 am

    Dear Barb, I am so soryy for yothe loss of your lovely dog, Betty! She looked like a lovely dog! 🙂 Hugs to you from Belgium! xxx

  • Rainey October 16, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Basset hounds bring so much joy in life. May the rememberance of many years of happy doghood comfort you in your loss.

  • Kristy October 17, 2012, 3:45 am

    Your pictures of Betty always moved me- she was a sweet soul. I am so sorry for your loss- my thoughts are with you and the rest of Betty’s family.

  • gail October 17, 2012, 6:01 am

    so sorry for your loss Barb. glad you were able to give Betty a peaceful end, though it does always come too soon 🙁 lovely poem. thinking of you.

  • kat October 17, 2012, 10:24 am

    I am so sorry for your loss – you can tell by your words that you loved her very much and it was both brave and unselfish of you to make the decision to free her from misery. What a beautiful soul!

  • Heather October 18, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Barb I am so sorry to learn about Betty’s passing – losing a family member is never easy, thank you for giving us a little glimpse of Betty’s life and how wonderful of a Pup she was.

  • Kelcey October 20, 2012, 3:35 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Two years ago I lost Syndil, my 10 year old shih tzu. Hold on to your friends and family. You made on of the hardest decisions a person has to make. My heart goes out to you.

  • narf77 October 20, 2012, 10:11 pm

    You are so right…they leave us too soon. A dogs love is unconditional and a more true form of love is hard to find. I hope that your other pets will rally around and give you the sniffing, licking, eyeballing love that you need right now and that you take your time to mourn your beautiful Betty as I will do for mine when the time comes.

  • Erin October 29, 2012, 9:55 pm

    *hugs* <3

  • Bex @ Vegan Sparkles October 30, 2012, 8:30 pm

    Nawww, that’s so sad, Barb. Sending you huge, huge hugs. Enjoy your beautiful memories of your time together. xxx

  • Kaycee November 1, 2012, 1:16 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Growing up my family had 7 Basset Hounds that have all since passed. They are the sweetest, cutest little guys. Betty seemed wonderful and was lucky to have such a loving mom. Take care.

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