Saturday, May 12, 2007

Loss of a wonderful family member

Yesterday was a very, very sad day for me. Our wonderful protector and friend had to be releashed from his very old and broken body. Ranger has been with our family for 13 years. He was a beautiful, gentle, giant part Mastiff dog. He was in our back yard and no one came in the back yard if they didn't know him.
He had been going down health wise for the past few months. I came home yesterday afternoon and he couldn't get up any more. When Daniel came home we managed to get him up the hill and into his little manger(dog house). We called it the Ranger Manger. Daniel always had fresh straw in his manger. I called our vet and he knew that we couldn't bring Ranger down to him at the clinic. He lives right down the road so he came up here after work.
Daniel and I stayed by Ranger in his nice, peaceful backyard. He gave him a shot to make him go to sleep and then another to release him from his old and broken down body. It was very peaceful and gentle. Daniel and I were pretty tore up but we also were glad that he wasn't suffering any more. Right after the vet left we had the nicest Thunderstorm with alot of lightening and thunder and rain. We talked about how it was our Ranger up in Doggy heaven Rocking and Rolling and enjoying being in a brand new doggy world, free of pain.
Today we will bury him in the backyard. He had a favorite place he laid in all the time. It was a little place that Daniel kept sand in and it was in the shade and very nice and cool during the hot summer time. So thats were his remains will be.
Good-bye my wonderful friend, thanks for being an Awesome pet and friend.

11 comments:

Naturegirl said...

I am deeply touched by this post!I am sorry that your sweet Ranger now has ~wings~.
If we measure lives not in time but grace,in the jOy with which they are lived, and in the love they leave behind, then we have much to learn from our pets.Peace to Ranger and to you and Daniel. I understand..
I also have a dog and 2 cats planted in my memory garden!Hugging you NG

Gerry said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. When a furbaby is a true member of the family, the loss is so great. Be well.

Rosa said...

I am so sorry Bethy. I know how hard it is to let go but you did the very best thing. I enjoyed the thunder storm and now I know it was Ranger give us his best. Big hugs my friend. xoxo

vicci said...

Oh my Very Sweetest Friend...I am so very very sorry about your dear friend Ranger...I started to cry....at least he is in doggie Heaven....and he will greet those that he loved one day....
You were a good Mom to him Bethie...Happy Mothers Day Sweetie...I love you! XXXOOOO

CattyCat said...

Ah Beth I am crying so hard. To me loosing a pet is harder than loosing a person. I'm not sure what that says about me, but I am so sorry for your loss. He looks like the greatest friend. The look on his face is nothing but love for the person behind the camera. My heart goes out to you and I do believe it was Ranger celebrating the new found home and comfort. Sweet Beth. Big hugs, and I don't just say that easily like many do, so know I mean it and do indeed send them to you.

Janet said...

Oh Beth, I'm so sad to read this. I know you must miss Ranger and my heart goes out to you. Losing a beloved pet is so difficult. I'll keep you in my thoughts, and I'm sending you some extra big hugs.

Mary Timme said...

I'm crying and sniffling, because it brought back the two dogs we had to 'put down' and it was awful, but it was good that they could go. Both had been the best dogs in the world, (are there any other kinds of dogs?) and were ready, in fact beyond ready. We always cry for ourselves as that is how we are made, and I think it is okay. We cried and dug, and cried and dug. Ranger's final place will be peaceful and beautiful. Enjoy, Ranger. Go ahead and weep, Beth and D. It is okay, for you loved him well.

Jeanie said...

I join you in mourning your good friend, Ranger. He sounds like such a wonderful and dear friend for many years. He was lucky to have good "people." I'm glad you were able to be together to say goodbye.

I am so very sorry...

Hugs to you,

Aladdin said...

I am deeply sorry for the bad news! I remember when my ex-girlfriend told me about the loss of her 'friend' dog!

As a matter of fact, I didnt seem quite supportive cos I have never had a pet in my entire life, but later I was convinced to have one. I got a little kitty which was quite a refreshing experience.

Anyway, I've learnt that a pet can even be of great help and joy more than humans!!

LisaOceandreamer said...

Oh Beth I am so sorry to read about this and I am so sorry I didn't see this earlier. We had to put our dog Cherokee down when she was 14, it was so hard but we had to because we loved her. We couldn't bury her as we had our cat before her...so her ashes are in a lovely cedar box here in the house. Someday when we have a lovely memory garden we will lay her there.
My heart is with you and Daniel, just cherish the time you had with him and how much he meant. He will always be protecting you!
XOXO
Love and hugs,
Lisa

Cat said...

Ranger was a beautiful dog, such a concerned loving face. I'm sorry for your loss. He reminds me of a dog of mine many years ago - same deep eyes, same color & size. He saved my life once. It is hard when we say goodbye.

Hugs to you, your family and also to Lady, who I'm sure feels the loss too.