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BrooklynMom
9th August 2011, 07:07 AM
This morning I took Brooklyn down to the beach for a change of scenery on our morning walk together. We took this little path up away from the town and along the rocks. I cannot walk too far as I have a bone and nerve disease in my right leg (hard to explain), but I spotted a bench overlooking the water and thought "what a perfect place to walk to and have a break". I plopped down, happy that I had made it that far...coffee one hand and Brooklyn sitting ever lovingly on the bench snuggled into my right side. We were alone, it was quite. All I could hear was the ocean and I thought how lucky I am to have this little furry being sitting next to me. What a gift. Life cannot get any better, she has completed the little hole that needed filling in my heart and now, with my husband, we are a family.

Then, I thought. I just sat there and thought for a while...thought about Brooklyn, her health, her future, her upcoming neurologist appointment...thought about all of you with your loving companions that have to struggle sometimes. I got out my iphone to take a pic of Brooky on the bench and post it up here, but then...that is when I read the post about Holly heading to the ER. I fell back. My heart sank. I held Brooklyn and just started to pray, really really hard. I asked all the angels to surround her and comfort her. Then, before I could stop them, tears just fell down. The world was so quiet up on this bench and it just allowed me to get out a lot of fear and feelings that I have been keeping in about Brooklyn's health (I feel if I worry in front of her, she will worry...so I stay happy, and her tail wags instead), about all our cavs, about why people have to go through things with such beautiful animals. I thought about little Gracie and her surgery tomorrow and I closed my eyes and prayed again. I hugged Brooklyn so hard, told her I loved her, I would always take care of her, and we walked home.

For those that are struggling with their little ones right now, from ER's to surgery tables, I just wanted you guys to know that I was thinking of you. xx

Brian M
9th August 2011, 08:10 AM
HI

And this morning there are so many of us thinking of you two ,stay strong and keep your belief you two will overcome.

Sabby
9th August 2011, 10:19 AM
What a sweet post. I know how you are feeling and sometimes it is so overwhelming to think of our sweet Cavaliers going through so much and they are still wagging their tails. Like my Ebony has been through a lot since April and then when I am upset she turns her head to one side looks at me like to say cheer up mum itís a beautiful day out there, no time to be sad.

Thinking of you and Brooklyn
:hug::hug:

jigglymarina
9th August 2011, 03:02 PM
What a beautiful post! I am personally going through a premature loss of a beloved Cav and each day is a struggle. Fortunately, I have a new baby to help me through it. The truth is, Cavaliers are the best friends a person could wish for. And when they're gone, the hole they leave in our hearts is so huge that only another Cav could fill. We are all blessed to have such amazing friends in our lives, but should also bear in mind that they will someday leave us. We can only hope and try that their time with us is as joyful and happy as can be :)

Sydneys Mom
9th August 2011, 03:55 PM
Your post made me cry. You put into words so beautifully the things I had been wanting to say on this board for the past few days. Instead, I just stared at the blank screen and cried. It's so amazing how, con Cavalier Talk, we have become our own little community and family. We are spread out across the world and still have a wonderful connection.

Keeping you and Brooklyn in my thoughts as well as all of our Cavalier family.

Zumie05
9th August 2011, 05:01 PM
Such a well written post, I think it is one we all needed to read. Thank you.

GraciesMom
9th August 2011, 05:59 PM
I now order everyone to give their doggies a big tummy rub from me and one from Brookynmom! That is two long tummy rubs!!!!! No word yet to give you on Gracie...she is still in surgery, but she would tell you all to do the same. I must have kissed and rubbed her tummy last night until it was bald!

mommytoClaire
10th August 2011, 03:18 AM
Beautiful post! Yes, it is hard, because so many are going through really tough stuff. It's amazing to me how we can come together and be comforted, as someone else said, from around the world. It'd such s wonderful thingl

Thinking about Brooklyn, in these days leading up to her appt.....and saying a prayer for you both.

BrooklynMom
10th August 2011, 01:48 PM
Yes, we are all very lucky on here...such support and friendship...one would never know it comes from "strangers" :)

Desrae
11th August 2011, 08:51 PM
So beautifully said, we are thinking of you and keeping paws and toes crossed.

Anyone who has the love and loyalty of a furry friend is truly blessed, I'm very glad to have found like-minded doggy people like at a place like Cavaliertalk, because doggy people are typically far better people than non-doggy people... if you get what I mean!:wink:

Jay
11th August 2011, 10:45 PM
When I am feeling especially happy or sad about my dogs, those who came before, those who are here now and maybe even those who will be, I am reminded of this quote. I think it is one of my favorite quotes about my relationship with dogs.




"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."---Unknown





Blessings to all who are going through difficulties right now.

J.

mommytoClaire
12th August 2011, 04:41 AM
I love that quote Jay, thanks for sharing.

jigglymarina
12th August 2011, 06:53 AM
This is one of the most amazing quotes I have ever heard:) Thank you for sharing it, Jay :lotsaluv:

BrooklynMom
12th August 2011, 07:41 AM
I love this quote too! If we could all be so lucky as to have the heart of a cavalier one day!!

Nicki
12th August 2011, 08:46 AM
That's a lovely quote Jay, what a shame the author is unknown :(


Just found it attributed to Cheryl Zuccaro

GraciesMom
12th August 2011, 03:02 PM
My eyes are a bit teary because the words are so perfect for me right now with little Gracie asleep beside me on the bed after serious surgery. Thank you for sharing

Jay
12th August 2011, 11:44 PM
with little Gracie asleep beside me on the bed after serious surgery.

So glad to hear that she is home with you! Give her a gentle hug from me.

J.

GraciesMom
13th August 2011, 03:20 AM
The contacts on FB are not from Sydney area but one of them suggested you get involved in this group to get to know other Cavvie owners. You probably already know about them but just in case:
http://www.cavaliersnsw.com/
Not sure if this is helpful but posted just in case.

BrooklynMom
13th August 2011, 03:28 AM
Very helpful, thanks Debra! And thank you for your continued thoughts, you have so much to worry about these days, so I really appreciate it!!

I hope little Gracie is going well today...as best she can at least! It always amazes me when animals go through surgery. If that was a human, we would be in the hospital for a month, and in bed for months after that...but with animals, they just take it and keep going the best they can. What an outlook to emulate. Thinking of you guys!

keekycat
13th August 2011, 04:39 AM
Such a very touching quote and how true. Brought a flood of tears to my eyes.

anniemac
13th August 2011, 06:14 AM
Your post made me cry. You put into words so beautifully the things I had been wanting to say on this board for the past few days. Instead, I just stared at the blank screen and cried. It's so amazing how, con Cavalier Talk, we have become our own little community and family. We are spread out across the world and still have a wonderful connection.

Keeping you and Brooklyn in my thoughts as well as all of our Cavalier family.

I have to be honest, I avoided this post b/c I knew I would cry. I agree with others and above. I also pray for sydney. I'm so sorry you are going through what you are with brooklyn. You get to know people (or feel you do) like family even if you have never met anyone (except debra gracies mom). Like karen wrote on another post about life changing, my friends and people that supported me are virtually. Hugs and kisses to all

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GraciesMom
13th August 2011, 02:29 PM
As a tribute to someone who lost their Cavalier two days ago after several years of fighting illnesses. It seemed like the perfect thing as she also lives in a tumultuous country in Asia and also major illness in other family members. Thank you again Jay for sharing.