Lily, November 22nd, 2015
Friendship makes you do many things in life, one of them is dropping everything you are doing to be at the side of your friend during a difficult time. There is nothing harder, (in my eyes), than knowing that you have to put your dog to sleep because they are ailing and are terminal.
Lily had bone cancer and her veterinary tech mother knew she would get progressively worse, and rather quickly, and it hurt her to think that her 14 year best friend was close to her end of life. But even in pain, this pup still looked at though she was strong. Maybe she wanted to be strong for her human mom, most dogs are so loyal they neglect themselves for their families.
Brianne and I were in Facebook messenger and I could tell that she wanted me to come photo but knew I was so busy with other things at the time. I could see in her writing that the time was coming near. I told her point blank, "I am coming". Brianne felt bad, but also I think really felt good to hear me say that because she wanted memories that she could save besides the ones in her mind. Time fades the mind but pictures always make it feel like yesterday. It was the least I could do for my friend in need. So, the following morning I was on her doorstep at 11am and she had coffee waiting for me in her hands! We chatted a bit and then we were off to freeze time with Lily. Her sibling Wally tagged along too and
why not...he is her "brother".
Wally and Lily are like peas and carrots and you can even tell with them that Wally understood that Lily was not feeling quite herself. Dogs never cease to amaze me with how instinctual they are as well as empath. They can sense and feel things in almost another realm, way before us humans do. Wally wasn't into pictures too much, but he sure was not far behind where his sis was.
I spent a few hours with Brianne and her pack and then it was time for me to leave. What hurt me most is the fact that I just met this pup and now I will never have that moment again. It really didn't hit me till I came home and sat with all my images to review.
Rest in peace dear Lily.
O God, you are infinite, unbounded Love, and will not allow the love which exists between your creatures to perish: We pray for those animals who have died.Comfort all those who mourn, especially those who have lost a beloved pet. Amen.