Monday, February 7, 2011

Bye bye Luke

Last October, our crazy labrador Luke had his first stroke. It was scary, he was yelping and seemed 'stuck', not able to use his legs, no bladder control.. By talking to him and stroking him, he came to. It took him about half an hour and then he seemed back to normal.

The vet said older dogs get these, and other than doing what we were already doing, there wasn't a lot he could do.

Last night, at 11pm, he had another one. This one was a lot lot worse than last time, lasted a lot longer and seemed to have effected him for much longer. It took him 45 min. to get up and walking again. Then at 2am he had another one, at 4am another one.... just before Tye came home from work he had another one... Before we could take him to the vet he had another small one and one big one at 10 this morning.

It was time.

Thank you Luke, for being a great dog and for showing me that not all dogs are scary (before I moved here I was so scared of dogs I'd rather cross the streets in busy traffic than to walk past him, but with Luke I even dared to walk him at the park, meeting all kinds of dogs!). I already miss you terribly, but it's good to know you are no longer in pain.

Bye bye Lukey-boy...


  1. I'm so sorry Eveline :( I know it's so hard to loose a loved pet, they are with us for such a short time, it's just never fair. I'm glad Luke is free of his pain and fear, you guys did the best thing for him by being there for him like that. You have my love and hugs and I hope the fond memories you all have will comfort you in your grief <3

  2. I'm so sorry Eveline....they are so much a part of us its hard.
    There is a great poem I was sent when we have had our pets pass away - its called Rainbow Bridge.

  3. When an animal leaves us that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown.

  4. Thank you so much.

    I've been scared of dogs since even before our own dog was put to sleep when I was 10. I'd rather cross a busy road than walk by one. I had not been to a park in years because of my fear. When moving here, it's like I just decided that I was no longer afraid, and Luke made it so easy. He was so gentle and sweet. Even though he had a loud bark which beforehand would have freaked me out, it never scared me when Luke barked.

    Deciding that it was time was the worst thing ever, but it was to prevend things getting worse... He's no longer in pain and no longer afraid. It was the best for him, even if it hurts us.

  5. Heel veel sterkte meid. Deze beslissing moeten nemen lijkt me ontzettend verschrikkelijk.

    Veel liefs,

  6. Eveline,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. These wonderful furry creatures provide us a love unlike no other.
    It was the right choice, even though very hard. Luke is at peace and resting, smiling down upon you.

    here is a link about my Scotia, and when we made a similar choice.
    Big Hugs,

  7. Eveline my heart goes out to you. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that it was the right thing to do for Luke and that sometimes Love is hard

    Mandy aka WyldCat