Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Ryker

It was today. It was our decision. It was awful, and my heart is broken.

16 Comments:

Blogger Who is this Dave? said...

So sorry.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 3:50:00 pm  
Blogger Undercover Angel said...

I am so sorry for your loss. When I was younger I learned a poem that Lord Byron had written as an epithaph for his dog. I hope you find comfort in it:

"When some proud son of man returns to earth,
Unknown by glory, but upheld by birth,
The sculptor’s art exhausts the pomp of woe,
And stories urns record that rests below.
When all is done, upon the tomb is seen,
Not what he was, but what he should have been.
But the poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his master’s own,
Who labors, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonored falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth –
While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,
Debased by slavery, or corrupt by power –
Who knows thee well must quit thee with disgust,
Degraded mass of animated dust!
Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,
Thy smiles hypocrisy, thy words deceit!
By nature vile, ennoble but by name,
Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.
Ye, who perchance behold this simple urn,
Pass on – it honors none you wish to mourn.
To mark a friend’s remains these stones arise;
I never knew but one – and here he lies."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 4:08:00 pm  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Jona. Here's what I would do, first chance: as a family, go someplace (the park, the beach) that Ryker loved, and have everyone say a little something about him. Have a good cry.

Best of luck to you.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 6:07:00 pm  
Blogger Internet Wombat said...

So sorry Jona.

Think of him in doggy heaven with an unlimited supply of balls to chase, a juicy bone buried every 500m, and the ability to do all those things he use to do.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 7:15:00 pm  
Blogger mm said...

Oh Jona - I'm so sorry. I'd like to think of Ryker and Phyllis together running on a beach somewhere - unencumbered by arthritis and bad hearts and bad kidneys.

XOXOXO

Maureen

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 8:01:00 pm  
Blogger rdl said...

I'm so sorry. It's been 2 years since we had to put Sam down and I still remember how hard it was to do; but know it was the right thing to do for him.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 9:06:00 pm  
Blogger Tim-tambolini said...

Oh, Jona, I am so sorry. My heart is hurting for your loss. Take your time to mourn your loss. Remember him fondly. The love of a dog is unconditional...we could all learn something from a dog.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 1:38:00 am  
Blogger Latin Lover said...

I am sorry for your loss.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 1:45:00 am  
Blogger Meow said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. It is incredible the love we have for our pets, and how hard it is when they leave us. Think of all the lovely fun things you shared with him. Know that he is now in a pain-free place.
Take it easy, take your time, take care, Meow

Thursday, April 06, 2006 9:20:00 am  
Blogger MarkD60 said...

I'm Sorry.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 11:40:00 am  
Blogger Karen said...

I am so sorry!!! Sending BIIIIG HUGS your way, my heart is breaking for you too.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 12:49:00 pm  
Blogger Anduin said...

My condolences to you and your family. I know how hard it is.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 1:13:00 pm  
Blogger Sam said...

(((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))

Thursday, April 06, 2006 5:45:00 pm  
Blogger g said...

The image you posted this week shows a noble dog. There is nothing I could say that would make up for the loss of such a personality in your life. May he rest in your heart forever.

Friday, April 07, 2006 6:04:00 am  
Blogger Daisy Mae said...

Oh no, I am so sorry. Ryker is in a far better place. I'll be thinking about you and your family and keep you in my prayers.

Sunday, April 09, 2006 3:08:00 am  
Blogger Me Over Here said...

Jona--so sorry for your loss, and the late condolences. I will keep you and your family, as well as Ryker, in my thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:40:00 am  

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