Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy even when it’s so clear it’s time for them to move on. You always want one more day, one more moment, one more kiss, one more whisper of I love you, One last meal.
It became clear that Harry’s time had come after cancelling 4 appointments to euthanize him. We came to terms with the fact that we needed to do it soon so we scheduled it so the kids could be here for our final day together and share one last day with him.
The kids were due to arrive Saturday and our vet we have had for years who has euthanized more pets than I like to remember was planning to come over so we could be at home and enjoy one more day together until out vet came but those were the best layed plans.
Life rarely happens the way we plan;
Babies come before their birth date,
death comes knocking at our door before we’re ready.
There’s no preparation
or school that teaches us how to deal with the fragility of life.
It’s only walking into it, where we learn how to navigate,
while the boulders come crashing down upon us
and leave us in the depths of despair even if and when we think we’re ready.
Savor the moments while they’re here;
Reach out and tell those you love them how much they mean to you.
Never take for granted what you think might come tomorrow because as we plan tomorrow it very well
might not be what we expected,
if it comes at all.
Out of no where Harry took a turn and it was clear the time was NOW. We called our vet and put him in the car with his brother Hunter the H & H team and off we drove. He loved his car roads and we have had many over the years packed like sardines in the car for road trips. My son prepared a final meal of steak and chicken his favorite. Our vet Mr. Bill came out to the car and as he sedated Harry, Harry enjoyed every morsel of his meal.
There is never the perfect time to say goodbye but putting off the inevitabe for a picture perfect ending is only a script in a movie.
He has been lame for 2 years now. First with his front legs and we used wheels for him for his back legs. When his front legs started to go, we got a help em up harness which he’s used ever since. Still he could swim with help, go on stroller rides daily and always loved every meal and treat.
We have been his arms and legs and he always told us what he needed when he needed to go out to go to the bathroom etc. No matter how much relief it was to sleep all night without getting up or leaving our chair umpteen times to cater to his needs, we are still so sad but his memories live on in our heart and we chuckle at so many fun memories. Harry was a beach comber and ran up to people and stole their sandwiches but he was so darn cute they couldn’t get too mad. He loved food and even would try to get in the litter boxes to eat the cat poop. GROSS!
His favorite activity was chasing the ball which he could do for hours and he wouldn’t let it go. His back condition was a heredity condition and his mother and sister died paralyzed as well. He may have exasperated his condition by his running after the ball and long hikes.
It’s empty here without him and quiet and it was so nice to sleep in for the first time in 2 years and not be up and down. It was a constant interruption but we miss hearing him bark and bossing us and his sweet love he gave us.
I will be your arms and your legs when you can’t move and carry you through the desert and across the rivers and sea. I will love you enough to take you with me wherever we go and I will love you enough to let you go when it’s time.
Right after I was scheduled for my 1st vaccine so the day came with a double prick. One event that took me down and one that looks promising to keep me and others protected. No side effects but a sore arm I’m happy to say.
If you have to get a prick, Stanford Unniversity in Palo Alto, Ca is a beautiful place to be. There’s no line up on the court for basketball, only people waiting in line for Covid vaccines.
The kids came down Saturday and we had a celebration of his life and told many stories through tears and prayers and buried him with his ball which was a nice closure. We had to go 6 feet down, cover him with rocks and wire and even threw in some lye since the coyotes have been visiting so much so there’s about 0 chance of him digging him up.
Hunter sat in the field the whole time we buried him on look out duty for the coyote. He’s a little out of sorts at the moment as he continues looking around the room and sniffing for him. We all sat in our yard by the pool remembering how much Harry loved to swim after the pool and had a nice meal in his memory,
I know lots of you aren’t animal people and I’ve been posting so much about animals lately but continue to support me and I’m very grateful for your support!
Happy Monday and have a great week!
Many Blessings of Love,
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Life is losses and gains. I am sorry for your loss.
It sooo much is Betul!
Thank you sooo very much! 💖
Cindy, I am glad you got your first vaccine dose. I am sorry for your loss of Harry. It is tough to lose a beloved pet. Best wishes for remembering him fondly. If you are like us, you will look for him around the corner of the sofa or say it is time to feed….. Keith
Oh thanks Keith, Me too Keith with no side effects!!! 👏👏👏 Yay!
I appreciate your kind thoughts about Harry and I think you are so right. I keep thinking don’t roll on Harry when I’m sleeping, 💖🌷
Ohhhh Cindy, you got me crying over your loss..Harry is by niw happily playing somewhere…i am so sorry for your loss and i feel you as i lost my beloved Macky, my dobberman months ago and the sad part was i wasnt there for him because of pandemic. He got sick and due to travel restricrions the vet didnt arrive immediately….losing a loved one is always always devastating.
Thank you sooo much Mich!!! awww I bet and no doubt remembering the pain of your beloved Macky. I am soooo sorry about your separation and loss. That is so difficult. He is definitely in a better place and lived a full life. It is always devastating even when you know it’s right, I think it continues to hit us in waves.
Sending you love at this time of loss: there are valuable lessons at such times as you said. Glad you got the vaccine 🙏❤️ 💪
Thanks so much Ingrid and yes always lessons in love and growth.
Thanks, I’m glad I got it as well!
I am so sorry about Harry. I am sure he is happy wherever he is and he remembers you. You’re such a sweet person and I am sure he knows it as well. ♥️♥️
I am glad you got the vaccine.
By the way, do you mind if I call you Aunt Cindy, you just feel familiar that way😃
Oh Dear Akshita, I know you are and you have been a great source of comfort and support and I know you are right. We will always be connected through our hearts.
Oh thanks so much; I’m glad I got it as well.
I would LOVE you to call me Aunt Cindy!
I am so touched!
Big hugs and always love,
I understand the pain of giving a final goodbye to your Harry. 😔😔 Am sure you all had great times with him. ❤️❤️
You are still left with memories to cherish.
Good that you got the vaccine! Stay safe Cindy. Much love to you 🤗🤗
Yes, I was surprised it was so painful even though I thought I was ready it was. But whatever is worth having and loving is worth any of the pain you go through and at the end, you’re right… all that;s left is love and fun memories!
💖💖🌷 Thanks Preeths! I’m glad I got it as well!
Love to you dear one!
Sorry for your loss, Cindy. Those are lovely pictures of Harry. Take care.
So much appreciated Joyce and glad you like the pictures of Harry.
I will and you take care as well!
Beautifully written. I am so sorry for your loss. 😔
Scott, I’m very apprecitive of your kind message and condolances.
Thanks friend! 💖
It’s sad indeed.Take care.🌹🙏
It really is Francis… thank you so much for checking in. So much appreciated!
I will and You take care as well!
thanks so much!💖🌷🙏
I’m so sorry for your loss, Cindy. Pets become our babies! I get it. Much love and light sent your way. <3 <3 <3
Thank you sooo much Penny! You are so right and our fur babies love us so unconditionally. I appreciate the love and light which is delightful today! Take good care as well!
I am sorry for your loss. Take care and stay safe❤️.
Thank you soooo much Olivia! It’s very kind of you to stop in and I appreciate your kind wishes.
You take good care of you as well!
Somewhere Harry is taking a rest and feeling delighted by recalling how he was adored by an Angel and her family💞💫Goodbye Harry😌🌹
Those are such kind wishes and thoughts Rosida and I do believe you’re right. It makes me happy to hear from you who knows so well. Blessings and love friend!
Cindy, I am sending love and support from afar to you; I’ve never owned a dog of my own, but I have always loved dogs – and losing one is incredibly sad.
Thank you so much David. I truly appreciate your kind words. You would be a great dog Dad David. Maybe one day you will. The love they give to everyone in the family is the biggest gift we’ve ever had. When the kids were sad, there was always an animal to give them care and attention (especially if they were mad at us lol).
I appreciate your love and support so much!
so sorry for your loss, have a nice trip Harry ❤️❤️
That’s a sweet message Manuel. I’m sure he’s off to his next journey free at last.
Take care Cindy. You took the shot. Harry was and still remain an important part of your life!
Thanks Nawaz! I did! Yes, soooo true, he will.
I am so sorry, we do miss them terribly when they are gone. But the memories live on.
Thank you soooo much Rebecca! Yes, we sure do but you’re so right, their memories live on forever in our hearts!
We love you Cindy! Your friendship is one of life’s great treasures. Our hearts are with you in your loss 🙏Ellia & Matt 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕🦋
Oh Ellia, I soooo love you ALLLL! As is yours mine! Thank you so much for your very heartfelt message. I appreciate you so much and out hearts connect no matter what the distance!
This was a beautiful tribute to Harry. ❤️
Oh thank you sooo much Michele!
My heart is with you, Cindy. I find difficult to write about it such events, You are brave.
Thank you so much Joanna! I appreciate you and your kind comment!
Thank you so much! 💖💖
very beautiful lines up there Cindy 😍 !!! Lots of love to you
Thanks much Vani and your sweet message you sent me directly. Soooo kind of you!
So sorry for your loss- Harry surely knew that he was loved!
Thank you Lisa!
You are soooo right, I’m sure he did… xo
Cute Harry’s soul is resting in peace….energy can’t be destroyed….lovely & heartfelt sharing….what a beautiful poem you’ve written, dear Cindy…..”There is never the perfect time to say goodbye but putting off the inevitabe for a picture perfect ending is only a script in a movie.”….the truth….I’m glad to know you’re feeling ok after the vaccination….much love ❤️ ✨
Thanks so much Dear Navin: Yes it is and it’s good for all concerned. You’re so right, he lives on in ll of us and soooo glad you liked my poem!
Thank you, I’m glad I’m feeling well too!
Big hugs and love always to you as well! 💖🤗
You’re welcome dear Cindy….I’m glad to read you’re feeling well….have a peaceful evening….🙏❤️💫
Thanks Navin. I appreciate you and you do the same!💖
I’m so sorry for your loss, Cindy but very happy you got the first vaccine shot.
Awww thanks John.. appreciated,
Thanks, I’m happy too!
Cindy, a day lived with grace by you and your family…a fitting farewell to your beloved Harry! <3
Yes indeed Dearest Cheryl and that is the best we can hope for! It was a very good day, thank you so!
Such lovely tributes, Cindy, both this write-up and the celebration of life with your family. RIP Harry. My heart hurts for you and Hunter. Many blessings for healing to all of you. 😘🌞🙏
ohhhh Thank you so much Lisa. This is very kind of you and we appreciate it. Hunter kept looking for him for the longest time. The nerve… they put you in spam twice! hope I can find the other comment i just approved. 💖🌷🌷🙏🙏🙏
You are so welcome, Cindy. Yeah, spam likes me very much for some reason. 🌞
Big Hugs for a Great day!
Well, I gotcha out!!! 💖💖💖
Thanks for posting my bail! And hugs backatcha, girlie! 😘🌞😘
hahhahaahha always. you might need my phone number some day. 🤣🤣
💖 Stay out of trouble. 🤣🤣🤣
Losing pets is hard enough, let alone when we make the decision to do so. I’m not sure if ever encountered a more difficult decision. Your words took me back to my times of doing so – plus I could imagine my tears if I was the one writing this post. But, it’s a necessary exercise – so good for you! Cheers to Harry, your strength, and for your first vaccine shot.
Thank you so much Frank! I really appreciate your kind and knowing words of support. Ahhhh it surely is a tough one and when you’ve been through it, you really get it! It was a necesary write for sure.
Thanks, I’m glad I did to!
Your poem reminds us how fragile life is and that we should embrace each day with an open heart and open arms. Hugs to you and your family during this difficult time.
I’m glad you liked my poem Michele and sentiments. Thanks so much for your very kind support!
A MONDAY FULL OF TEARS AND CHEERS~! SORRY CINDY!
Thank you so much Johnnie! It’s always soooo hard and I apprecit your support! 💖
I DO WHAT I CAN, <3
😀 <3 😀
I AM YOUR SERVANT…SOME OF THE TIME! 😀
We all need a Servant for some of the time! 🌷
Ohhhh, what a lovely post, Cindy! SO much heart and feeling comes through in your words, my friend. Love and support to you and your family during this difficult time.❤️❤️❤️
Thank you so much Dear Jeff. Your loving kindness means so much and I Thank you deeply!💖
You’re welcome, my dear friend. Always. Thinking about you and the fam. ❤❤❤
awwww that’s tons Jeff!
He knows what is the best
For Harry, me and Cindy.
I too lost a dear friend on Monday evening 🙏🙏 He was the bravest and the most grateful person I have known 🙏🙏
Beautiful truth hear Ashok!
Oh, I am soooo sorry to hear this and I’m holding your heart as you grieve and honor is spirit and soul! He must be needed elsewhere. It is still so hard.
I had covered his story in the Pillar 2 😊💖
Thank you so much Cindy
I have your book on my bedside. I thought I was to 3 which is beautiful. I’ll have to revisit it.
Yes Cindy I had covered him in Pillar 3 too 😊
It’s the silence of their absence <3
thank you Lolsy!!!💖💖💖
Sorry to hear about your loss. It never gets easy. This reminds me of my cat that was decades gone but I still want to cry now that I am reminded of it. Oh, and I am glad you have been vaccinated, really important.
Thank you sooo much Markus and Micah. You are soooo right, it’s always so hard. So sorry about the loss of your cat. I’ve always gotten a new dog or animal when one passes but we won’t this time as we need sometime to chillax since this was so time intensive and hard.
Yes, I’m glad too, thanks! 💖💖🙏🙏🙏
So sorry to hear that. Though i am not a animal person, but i know the feeling of a family member leaving.
Thank you so much Ashish! It’s exactly the same feeling when someone you know leaves. So even though you’re not an animal person you are a compassionate, loving person with lots of heart that knows the feeling of loss. I appreciate your visit and kind words! 💖🌷
Yes, i have seen people when their pets leave them forever. The memories do stay. Let’s cherish the memories! ❤️
Yes indeed! 💖💖💖
Glad you got your vaccine and have no side effects Cindy. Very sorry to hear about Harry. It’s always a difficult time. Sending lots of love. Take care ❤️
Thank you Radhika! Me too! Ahhh yes, thanks so much! It really is always hard the finality but he’s in a better place and life carry’s on. I appreciate your kind words and heartfelt love. You take good care as well! 💖💖🙏
So sad for you and your family, Cindy. I confess to a tear or two. What a beautiful memorial, and how lucky Harry was to have such a loving family. May he rest in peace with his well-loved ball.
Congratulations on your shot! Peggy and I got ours in February. One of the advantages of being older. We’ll take what we can get. Better times are ahead.
Take care my friend. –Curt
Awwww thanks so much Curt. I really appreciate you support and sensitivity. I’m glad you enjoyed the tribute to him. He was worth the time and love and although some days felt like eternity, it was a short time in the scope of a dogs life.
Yes, happy I got the shot and glad you did as well! You know, I would agree with you but I was the last one in my house to get it and I qualified in the Health Care field. My youngest at 29 ( almost 30) got it before me. Hello? I raised cane but it didn’t get me anywhere ( wait till I hit them with it… 🤣)
Thank you so much for your kind message and check in Curt! 💖
So sorry, as well. I’m sending you lots of love, Cindy, and many, many hugs! 🌸
Oh my dear friend, please accept my sympathy. We lost our dog a few months ago and called Lap of Love a place that sends out a vet right to your home. Gizzy, our Lhasa Apso was on the porch, he was happy to meet a guest and was also eating his favorite thing. I still sometimes see him out of the corner of my eye. My husband’s parents moved to CA about eight months ago now from Washington State, they had been married for 57 years this year. She was misdiagnosed and was not being treated for cancer which she had. She died about two months ago. I feel sorry for my husband’s father who is close to his eldest son who got them to CA but is angry with his dad. So he is alone, hoping to some day go back to the place that they called home for 40 years and raised their children. We call him and offer our place to come with their dog but he is still stuck in his grief. I know that everyone doesn’t understand especially those who have never loved a dog like part of your family because they really are. What you wrote was beautiful my dearest friend who is never too far away. Know that I love you and I am remembering our Gizzy tonight, he loved everyone, perhaps they are playing together now, that is how I will see Gizzy tonight playing with your loved one. Take care of yourself Cindy and morn your own way as long as you need too. Sending so much, love, light and hugs to you right now xoxoxoxo Joni
It’s great to hear from you Joni and I so much appreciate your kind hearted words and sympathy from somone who knows well, the love and joy of a dog. They are our family and furry beloved children. Oh, I’m sooo sorry about Gizzy who sounds like a love down to th elast meal. What a sad state of affairs for your father in law. He is so lucky to have you who totally gets it my friend who is closer than far.
Thanks you so much for your heartfelt condolences and invitation to take my time in my own way. I appreciate you!
Love you Cindy and I will be sending blessings your way. Grieving is an individual process and that is ok. Something told me yesterday I needed to get into your site and I am so grateful I did. Love you closer than far friend. 🤗❤️💕🥰
You intuited me and thanks for that and the love!
big hugs and love always!!! Stay well dear friend and love you back! 💖💖💖🌷🌷
❤️🤗💕🥰 yes I did and I am sure you and I could have quite an interesting conversation about that topic my friend. You know you are part of my radar.
You are so welcome. Love you Cindy. 🤗❤️💕🥰💝😘
It’s always sad when a pet moves on because they really become part of the family. So happy that you got the shot though- can’t wait for mine!
It’s so true. They give so much and ask for so little. Yeah, I am too. It’s great you’ll get it soon!
Oh so sad to know that you lost your pet dear Cindy. A beautiful post and nice to see you taking your shots.
Oh Thank you so much Kamal and so kind of you to visit and pay your kind respect.
Yes, glad the vaccine is underway for all. 💖
You are always welcome dear Cindy❤️❤️❤️
Let’s try to stay in touch Kamal!
Yes of course we sure will Cindy. Love and light to you. Take care dear.
Awesome, sounds good!
Such a beautiful telling of a life, thank you for sharing this Cindy, very moving.
Thank you so much Paul for your kind word and visit. I’m glad you are here and found it moving!
Always a difficult part of the journey – saying farewell.
It so is Paul, thanks kindly!
I felt like I’ve read this post ….don’t know why..
I’m sorry for your loss Cindy. God bless you with grace and peace.
I’m glad you got your first shot.
We are on a second lockdown here because healthcare is over flooded with no beds and oxygen….so far it’ll be until month end. I hope it ends soon….
I loved your poem at the beginning….nothing goes as planned….i can really see that ….like crazy…in my life …especially right now….so crazy so crazy…
Love and hugs…
Love love and more love, my doll
I think my comments are going to your trash Cindy ;(
So sorry about Harry:(
awww thanks sooo much
Love and hugs to you Cindy ❤ the loss is your heart’s gain as Harry lives on forever there. Beautifully written tribute to your fur baby ❤
Ohw my friend cindy it’s very sad to hear.😔😔 and good that you got the vaccine. Stay safe. Sending hugs. 😊😊🌹
Thank you sooo much. It was sad but he’s in a better place right now. It was time. Me to and you be safe as well💖❣️❣️
Losing our pets is like losing a family member… Imagine how long we’ve been with them and how much time we’ve spent with them… perfectly understandable Cindy. You are loved. <3
It’s soooo true Janis and so good to see you. We’ve been out of touch and this is a lovely morning to see you here. They sure bring so much joy. Awww Thank you so much❣️❣️💖🌷
I haven’t had much time in wp than before given some family situations here plus the fact that when I am on it, I see my reader and check the unread ones, but I still don’t see yours on mine, even though I follow u of course… It’s really a big puzzle to me… nevertheless, good to see you here as well and I hope our pets get to live for as long as we do… we have 4 at home and they are the most precious to us… sorry you had to go through such loss…
oh life does get in the way alrighty and I soooo get that💖❣️. That’s sooooo weird. I haven’t seen you in mine either. Maybe I’m in spam… I wrote a funny piece last wed on spam… yikes. Is it a setting do you think?
I tell you… wow, 4 animals is a lot and I soooo know and appreciate it. Thanks for the love. 💖❣️🙏🤗🌈😎 and to you too❣️
This is saddening. Hope Harry is well and more blissful now, in the arms of God. He looks like such a dear (so does Lady!). It’s not easy to let go. A pet is a best friend who listens, but does not respond. A diary with limbs, eyes and ears. It’s not easy at all… Pets are so precious 🤍
Thanks so much for your kind hearted message. it was sad and hard even when you know it’s time. You are so right about how wonderful they are… 💖
soooo true and thankful for your kind message. Soooo much appreciated. you are so right it’s sad and they give so much and ask for so little. Love your analogy. very sweet. 💖