Friday, September 24, 2010

Saying goodbye

Thank you to Erin who sent me this quote - I can't seem to get it out of my mind, it's perfect.

"Even the most domesticated animals remind us what it is like to be wild, to be gentle, to be loyal, to trust, to flourish, to slow with age, to die. They connect us with something fundamental in our beings -- and we are the caretaker of that connection."

Last night was perfect, everything we needed. Calm waters, the beach to ourselves, a pitcher of margaritas and the tide heading out to take her away.

I can't express the sadness we felt, but also relief that we were able to give Miss Abby what she deserved after the best possible life she could have. While it was short and unfair she absolutely lived it up while she was with us...

My boys playing together, priceless.

Somehow this boy of mine knows exactly when I need him.

It was exhausting for all of us - after we got b ack to the house Baxter fell asleep with his baby "Abby" given to him by the sweet sweet Kate who thought he needed it more than she did.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Abby... This was the baby we just gave her just 2 days before I took her into the hospital. Baxter has now adopted it as his own.

She truly loved nothing more than she loved her Baxter....moments like this made my heart melt.

Not one for too much sun or heat, she was always looking for some shade at the beach.

I haven't had clean floors for 5 years......

She was such a baby here - she really never lost the puppy look

Happy dog at the beach!

You all know this "busy bee" was more for our entertainment not hers

This is exactly how she fell asleep for the last time, only she had a baby under her head. So peaceful.

Hence, the margarita toast :-)

Goodbye Baby Abby.... you are missed and will always be in our hearts.


stronger said...

Sweet...and hugs back to you (we always need some spare ones for when we really, really need them). Love you!

Erin said...

Oh, Krista. My heart breaks for you still. I'm so glad you liked the quote...they are ours to take care of, but somehow, they always end up taking care of us. I hope you're finding peace in Baxter and your wonderful memories of Abby.

momo said...

those pictures of abby make me smile. she was such a sweetie and she touched all of our lives with her gentleness. hugs to you three, k.

Brandi said...

Beautiful tribute Krista. Abby could not have had a better mom and dad. I'm thinking about you guys XO

Lisa said...


My heart goes out to you. She will always be with you in spirit. Hugs,

SingletrackJenny (formerly known as IronJenny) said...

I'm so sorry Krista! You guys were so wonderful to each other and shared so much joy. Hard to tell who was the luckier. Hugs from Minnesota. xoxoxoxo

TriGirl Kate O said...

My most sincere condolences. What a sweet sweet dog. You were very lucky to have her in your life.

Peyton said...

I came across your blog looking for others who share a love for dogs! I'm sorry for your loss...I lost one of my dogs in February of this year and it was so, practically, traumatic! I hope you have wonderful memories.