Tuesday, January 24, 2017


"Don't cry because it is over.  Smile because it happened."
Dr. Seuss

This is a photo of our two beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.  Sophie, in front and Skyler behind.  Soph...as we call her is 14 and Skyler just turned 5.
These two pups have given us such joy it is hard to describe in words.

Today, unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to put our older girl, Soph, down.  It is one of the hardest decisions a pet owner must make but we know it is our final loving responsible act.

Tomorrow morning we will have the vet come to the house and lay our girl to rest.
I know it will be the saddest of days but one that any pet owner must ultimately face in the end.
 I titled this post as I did choosing the words I chose for these reasons.

I need God's HELP in seeing me through all this sadness:  just as God helped me pick Soph as a puppy all those years ago.

I want to THANK God everyday for having Soph in my life all these years.  She has helped me through the most difficult of times with her unfaltering love and devotion.

And finally, WOW, for knowing that I had the pleasure and privilege to have known the finest dog on the planet!!  She was the first dog I chose as my own and raised her from a puppy (I know we all say that about our dogs...and it is the truth). I will miss her every day from here on...but I KNOW I WILL SEE HER AGAIN ON THE OTHER SIDE.



  1. My heart aches for you and brings tears. We lost our Scooter last year and it seems like yesterday because the pain is still there. But you are doing what is best for a beloved friend and companion and she thanks you for that. I know she will be waiting for you. Run free and swift Soph.

  2. You are giving Sophie the last of many loving gifts throughout her life -- a peaceful and pain-free passage. Thinking of you now, tomorrow morning and in the days to come.

  3. What a sweet and sad post and moments as you do what you must do. My friend has two of these adorable spaniels and twice brought them to our Christian writers group lunch meetings. Such soft fur they have and very lovable.

  4. Dear Jo,
    What a beautiful tribute to your dear Sophie. I am so sorry for your loss. Your love for her is shown in giving her a quite and peaceful journey. I understand you heartache, Jo.
    I know how difficult is was to let her go. I know she must have brought you years of joy, and there will come a day when there will be smiles when you think of her, more often than tears.
    I will keep you in my thoughts.

  5. Oh Jo, I've had to say goodbye to my dear pets in the past and it is so dreadfully hard. I know that you will see her again for I find it impossible to imagine that one so loved and who has brought such joy and comfort over the years will not be reunited with the one who loved her most. Sending healing hugs.

  6. Dear Jo, I am so very sorry to read of your wonderful Sophie. You are right, there could be no harder decision to make and I am sure you wavered just as we did, thinking of how you might prolong the days, taking heart in the slightest possibility of improvement. We can all take heart that in those final moments, they were with us, as it should be, feeling the love as they passed into our hearts once again and onwards to their final resting place. Thinking of you and Sophie... xx

  7. I do hope you are moving thru the stages of Grief successfully... may all of the wonderful Memories sustain you. Hugs... Dawn... The Bohemian

  8. I just saw this Jo...My heart goes out to you...we lost our little Molly last March so I understand the pain & sadness...we will always carry them in our hearts tho...always! it just is not the same... Keep you in my thoughts...
    XO Linda


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