On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Good-bye to Trudy

I have shared several times about our dog, Trudy. One of the sweetest dogs we ever had and a great little fun-loving companion. The way she came to us in the first place was remarkable in itself. After our Miniature Schnauzer Allie died, we thought maybe we shouldn't get another dog, but of course, after you're used to having a lovable dog around, you miss it and the house just feels empty. After a long search to find one exactly like her, it just wasn't happening. That is, until one day after looking at a number of possible dogs to adopt, we showed a pic to the lady at the humane society to tell her this is what we are looking for and the dog has to be like this. We left and about 30 minutes later, received a call saying that a woman and a little girl had just found a dog wandering about their neighborhood. The dog matched our description and would we be interested? Heck yeah! We went over, found this sweet dog and loved her from the beginning.

This docile looking little dog was quite deceiving. We discovered early on that she was a bolter and most likely, that is why she was out wandering the neighborhood where the little girl had found her. We spent many, many times chasing this dog down because she could sneak out of a barely open door faster than anything. She loved going for walks, chasing rabbits, and swimming in the pool.

Let's walk!

The past two years have been difficult as we watched her go silent into a world of old age and dementia. The last year has been especially trying as I have had to carry her to the places she needed to be - to her bed, her food and water bowls, and outside to take care of business. She never made a peep of complaint, just wagged that little tail expressing her happiness at being with the people she knew loved her. Friends and family suggested gently many times that it was time to let Trudy go, but we just couldn't do it. I prayed that she would go peacefully because it would have broken DH's heart had I taken her to be put down. Especially these last two weeks it has been hard to deal with because DH's surgery is getting closer now and I didn't know what to do about her.

Wednesday night I attended a special memory care support group and the pastor asked for prayer requests. As I explained my DH's love for Trudy and his denial about her condition, my prayer request was that Trudy would die peacefully before Friday morning because I had decided we could wait no longer and she would have to be put down.

That night, DH held her in his lap for the last time. As I tucked her into her bed, she was barely breathing and I told her we loved her and it was okay for her to go.

On Thursday morning, I went to take her from her bed as usual, and discovered she had passed away.

We loved this dog and I knew how much she meant to DH and I was never convinced that putting her down was the right thing to do because of my concern for him. I share this to say how thankful I am that God does care about the events and concerns in our lives and He knew this would be best. I am so thankful to You, Lord for letting Trudy go peacefully in her sleep.

My friend Bettye and Trudy had a great friendship and so it just seemed fitting
that she be buried in Bettye's back yard out in the country.


NanaDiana said...

Aw...Connie- I am bawling reading this. I am so sorry you lost your sweet Trudy but glad that she went quietly in her sleep. It is so sad to watch our pets slip away from us day by day---hard to know the right choices to make--do we try to preserve their life or let them go. I think, in the end, we try to do what is best for us and them. God bless you and I am praying for your hubby's upcoming procedure. xo Diana

Pamela M. Steiner said...

(((HUGS))) to you and DH today. My heart goes out to you as I know you will miss this special little friend. Praying for you both, and for your hubby as he has surgery. May the Lord give YOU the strength YOU need in the upcoming days as well.

Lea said...

Awe, what a sweet, sweet story and I am soooo glad it all worked out and she didn't have to be put down. Abundant blessings during this difficult time.

Mary Hutchins said...

It's so hard to loose a dear pet, so sorry for your loss.

Jill said...

So very sorry for your loss... I know the pain of losing a pet all too well and it never gets any easier :-( A blessing indeed she went in her sleep, bless her soul... sending big hugs to you, she had a very good life!


Susie said...

Nonnie, I am sorry to read this about Trudy. God knows best..even thought it breaks our hearts. I am praying for you, DH and your family. Sending hugs, Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Terri D said...

I always say it makes my heart hurt when anyone loses a beloved fur-baby, and it is true. There is no better way for one of them to go than peacefully in their sleep (humans too!). Prayers for you all. Blessings.

Dianna said...

Dear One,
I am sorry that Trudy has passed, but am blessed that God honored your request of allowing her to pass peacefully. What a blessing for your husband, too.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

My heart aches for you. Sending love and prayers your way. ((HUGS))

Elizabeth Day said...

What a loving post, Connie, not only for your beloved pet, but for your beloved DH. What type surgery is he facing? Know I will be thinking of all of you during the days ahead. Yes, God is faithful and cares about our concerns.