It is still surreal to walk in the house and not see her here. She was with us for so many milestones. We got her when Marty was only 4 and Joey wasn’t even a year old. She was here to greet Gabe when he came home from the hospital. I can still remember heading in to Greensboro almost 14 yrs ago. We were headed to the animal shelter to find a dog to join our family and we found her. Jolie girl was in the last cage we looked at and she was the only dog there that felt like an instant fit for our family.
Like every other member of our family (2 legged or 4 legged), Jolie gave zero shits and bent life to fit her agenda…never changing her agenda to fit what life threw at her. She was such a good girl. When Marty and Joey were little, she did not let them leave the house to play without following closely behind. If you heard laughing and playing outside, all you had to do was look towards our hill and you would see Jolie at her post, watching over her kids and keeping them safe.
Jolie adored her family and was always available to comfort us if we were upset. She let the kids love and hug on her whenever they were upset about something. And, she was an incredible source of comfort and frequently listened to me rant and rave and cry when we suffered miscarriage after miscarriage after miscarriage. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her furry coat drying my tears.
Jolie girl lived a long and happy life but she had been slowing down for a long time. Recently, however, her decline became more pronounced. Although she didn’t seem to be in any pain, she also wasn’t able to enjoy life. It hurt to see my girl like that. Selfishly, I hoped she would go to sleep one night and never wake up but she was too damned stubborn for that. She was determined to stay with her family to the bitter end. Vic and I always promised that we wouldn’t watch any of our animals suffer just because we didn’t want to say goodbye. So, last Monday morning, the kids all said goodbye to her and Vic and I took our Jolie girl on one last car ride.
I simply can’t say enough about the wonderful staff at Mayfair Animal Hospital. This was the first and only time they saw Jolie (I had a major issue with our former vet office and couldn’t bear to take her there) and they were wonderful. They let us stay with Jolie through the whole process and I was holding her as we said goodbye.
I will miss you forever, sweet girl.
If I should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this–the last battle–can’t be won.
You will be sad, I understand
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes,
Please, let me go.
Take me to where my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close–we two– these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.