Saturday, December 18, 2010

Goodbye To Our Lovely Spike..



This evening Spike still wanted some of my cashew nuts, and gave me looks until he got some too, I am going to miss sharing little treats like that with our lovely dog.

Later on it became obvious that Spike had reached the end; at first he howled and barked in pure frustration and rage that he could no longer move.

This went on on and off, for a couple of hours until Richie took the dogs to the dog toilet and when they returned Spike was extremely quiet.

As if he had used up his last energy at the dog toilet and after that there was nothing left, really nothing.

For the first time ever, he did not want to eat his chew when they got back, nor did he want anything else either.

He was suddenly very quiet, tiny and very withdrawn and obviously in alot of pain, have never seen him so still. 

It is 01.00 in the morning, Richie has just taken Spike off to the Emergency Clinic for Animals to have him put to sleep and put an end to his pain.

We got an appointment for a quarter to two this morning, Richie phoned me to say he had arrived safely at the clinic; it took him about 40 minutes to get there in the snow.

It had became very obvious tonight that Spike was totally finished, it was really heart breaking seeing him go off with Richie, obviously in so much pain as he was so totally still.

Before they went Richie brought Spike into the bedroom to let me stroke him for one last time and to see him look at me for one last time with his sweet eyes.

Heartbreaking to think that Richie will soon be back without Spike, poor Marleen was quite distraught after they left.

 Running around barking hoarsely before standing up on her hind legs to look at me and then sat quietly near my bed while we waited for my darling Richie to return.  

Richie just phoned to say that Spike had died being cuddled in his  arms 5 minutes ago, it is now  2.35 and Richie is  on his way home.


Stan said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss Herrad and Richie...I have to believe Doggy Heaven is a better better place now with Spike joining the pack.

You all are in my heart of hearts, caring thoughts, & prayers at this time my friend.

Karen said...

Herrad and Richie, I am so sorry to hear about Spike. Spike is at peace now, and he has had the most loving parents. May your loving memories of your little guy Spike, help heal your heart at this time of loss.

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JC said...

I am so so sorry. You did the right thing though. They do let us know. He had a grand life with you and those memories will get you through these hard times.

Thinking of you ....

Peace Be With You said...

I am so sorry, Herrad. I am sending you many virtual hugs. (())

Webster said...

I'm sorry that Spike is gone. It is good that he is in no more pain. Richie is having a long and cold trip coming home alone in the snow. My thoughts are with you both.

Gareth said...

I,m really Sad to read that Spikey is no longer with us. My deepest sympathy to you Folks @ Marleen. Will light a candel and remember those wonderfull mischivies eyes and his entusiasim for life.

Tracey's Life said...

I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this.

I am sorry you had to say good bye to your friend, buddy and companion, but glad that you had him in your life.

Hugs and prayers to you

Jeanie said...

HOw sad for you all.
At least the little angel didn't have to suffer too long. Bless him!
Wishing you and Richie fond memories of days gone by when he was fit and well.
I feel for you terribly.

Jeanie xxxx

Cranky said...

Ah, crap! Sorry for you and most especially for Marleen who will never know quite what happened to her great and good companion.

Comfort to you three ...

Amrita said...

I have had to say goodbye to 3 dogs an d it was so painful, I still feel the hurt. And in India vets can 't put animals to sleep, they are not allowed by law to keep lethal stuff in clinics so one has to wait for nature to take its course, which is so heart breaking.

Hugs for both Richie and you. I don' t have words to say.

Herrad said...

Hi Stan,
Thanks for your sweet words, we miss him very much.

Hi Karen,
We have lots of memories, lovely ones but better would be Spike here now.

Hi Stephany,
Big hugs back to you.

Hi JC,
Thanks, you are right he let us know right away when he had enough.

Hi Judy,
Lots of hugs to you too.

Hi Webster,
As soon as he was in pain, last night, we made sure it was not for long.
Until he was so quiet he had been loud and frustrated and suddenly he had nothing left.

Hi Gareth,
Thanks also for your description of the boy.
Take a look at the clip of Spike and Marleen in may this year.

Hi Tracey's Life,
Thanks for your kind words.
We are glad he has been here with us for 8 wonderful years

Hi Jeanie,
Thanks for your sweet comment.

Thanks all of you dear friends for coming by.
We have masses of great memories of our 8 years with our lovely brave Spike which stopped quicker than we hoped.
Glad we could take swift action so his suffering was not too long last night.
It is so very quiet here without him making something happen.
I Miss him so very much, my sweet lovely Spike.
Keep warm.

ADB said...

I'm not a regular commenter on your blog, but would like to express my sadness that you have had to let go of your faithful companion. As pet owners, we may all be called upon to take this ultimate responsibility: to end pain where there is no other way out. You have both done well; Spike will await you beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Herrad said...

Good to see your comment, glad you came by.
Last night we did what we had to end our little friend is no longer suffering.

Hi Amrita,
How dreadful the vets in India can not end an animals suffering.

Hi Cranky,
Thanks for coming by and summing it up so succinctly, it really is crap losing our gorgeous Spike, Marleen is being very brave.
And so are we in-between copious tears.

Thanks you 3 dear friends for coming by good to see tour comments, we need lots of friendship and support right now.

FrankandMary said...


You & Richie loved him & comforted him as much as anyone could want, canine or human.
He's at peace & I hope you two will soon be at peace with the decision as well.

kmilyun said...

Herrad, Richie,and Marleen,

We are so sorry.

Catfish, Annie, and Jan

Suzanne said...

Dear Herrad and Ritchie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Spike. It sounds like you were all blessed to have each other. May he rest in peace.

ρομπερτ said...

I'm so sorry.

Yet as love does negate time and distance he surely will find a place in your heart and thoughts.

Che koala said...

dear Herrad and Richie
So sad to read of your goodbye to Spike Richie's last journey with him.

It's been wonderful to read about him in so many of your posts along the way. I know he'll still be in your thoughts and no doubt find a way into plenty of blogs still to come - just in different ways.

Yr all in my thoughts
take care

Patrick@Caregivingly Yours said...

Our hearts go out to you all.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Nancy said...

My heart goes out to you and Richie, Herrad. I'm so sorry for your loss. It truly is heartbreaking when we lose our darling furry friends. I'll be thinking of you.

Bibliotekaren said...

Oh Herrad,

So sorry. Our furry pals are so important to us when life is whacked. Hold on tight to Richie and Marleen. Hope you and Richie can share some good and funny memories about your spirited Spike.


Libby said...

herrad, i'm so very sorry to read this...but, really, it was probably harder for all left behind here than for him. once again, i am sorry.

Ellen said...

Tears roll down my face everytime I think about having to let my last dog go.
It still hurts when I get confronted with other dogs or stories like this.
It's very fortunate you have still one dog with you, believe me.
My thoughts are with you Herrad.
Love and Strength.

Muffie said...

Oh, Herrad, I'm just reading this now and the tears are rolling down my face. I'm so sorry that little Spike's life is over. Poor you and Richie. You'll both be in my prayers.

janis said...

I sent you an email.
love janis♥

Have Myelin? said...

I am so sorry about your Spike... I mean it.

Herrad said...

Hi Mary,
We are at peace with our decision, just miss him.

Hi Jan,
Thanks for your kind thoughts.

Hi Suzanne,
Having Spike in our lives was very good.

Hi Robert,
You are right Spike will never be far away from my thoughts.

Hi Che koala,
Thanks, you are right Spike is in my thoughts and posts.

Hi Patrick,
Thanks for your kind thoughts.

Hi Nancy,
Thanks for thinking of us.

Hi Donna,
Agree our furry friends are very important to us, we have tons of stories about our Spike.

Hi Libby,
You are right easier for Spike than us, boohoo.

Hi Ellen,
Thanks for your kind thoughts.

Hi Muff,
Tears are rolling here too at every comment about Spike.

Hi Janis,
Thanks hugs.

Hi Sherry,
Thanks for your comment.

Thanks to you 13 lovely friends for coming by, appreciate seeing your comments.
Keep warm.

Kris said...

I'm so sorry Herrad and Richie! I've been behind on blogging and I was sorry to read through all of this. He is in a better place with lots of bones and treats to gnaw! :o)