“Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is forever friendship. When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confusing times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end.”
So today, we had a scare – we thought today would be the day. We were aware that with her heart murmur going up to a Stage 5, that she would show signs of difficulty in breathing but we were not prepared for the part where she actually collapses and starts yelping for help.
It started with a cough which we thought was a normal choke on saliva so Chels tried to soothe her throat and the next thing that happens – she collapses on the floor, body went limp and she yelps for help. I can’t get over that image, because I never know when it’s really her time to go. And I don’t think I can ever prepare for that moment, as mentioned in earlier entries. It’s hard losing a dog because dogs become part of your family. They have journeyed with you through many years and bonds have been formed between them and yourself. They open our hearts up to love, deep love and deep friendship. It’s never easy to say goodbye to that.
Suzie is the best thing that happened to us. She’s a Rodrigues. I hope we will still have a few more years with her left, and that when the time comes for her to go, she’d have as little suffering as possible. Deep in my heart, I know that when she does go, she never truly leaves us. She will always remain in my heart and like the quote says, forever has no end.