I chose Peanut (Beagle mix) at the SPCA because even though the sign said "I Just Had Surgery," she was so cute ,and when she trotted off,her hind legs looked like chicken drumsticks. Something in me wanted her. We brought her home in January 2009. She was approx 3 - 5 yrs. old. Today, 4/6/2017, I had to make the very difficult decision. She was diagnosed with CHF in Jan of 2016 and was quite chubby (40lbs). Last Thursday, she twisted her left knee going down the few steps outside. We took her in Friday, and because of her weight and heart issues, surgery was not an option. She was to have limited movement for 8 weeks. I was fully prepared to carry her to go potty. I never thought twice about it. Yesterday, when I brought her back inside and petted her, I noticed the middle of her back was damp. I talked to her vet today and she asked if I could bring her in. Unfortunately, Peanut had developed a horrible skin infection. The vet believed it was caused by all of her medications. She was in pain. Being 11 or possibly 13, with all her issues, things can happen. I was there to say goodbye. She was so calm and peaceful, like she fell asleep. We gave her a home for 8 years and I hope she knows how much she was loved. RIP my sweet Peanut! I will never forget you!
I purchased Angel of Comfort in memory of my dog Jaspir. I had her cremated and her ashes put in a small cedar box with her name engraved on top. I had many people tell me that I would feel better and have some closure once her ashes were home but I just don't feel like there's any part of her there. I was looking for a nice picture frame to put beside the box when I came across this beautiful little sculpture of an angel hugging a dog and ordered it right away. It's perfect. I look at it often and think of her, and my grandchildren have to touch it and say her name whenever they come over. It's given us all something to hold and remember our best friend. Thank You.
In November of 2013 my mom lost her youngest brother to cancer. He was taken very suddenly and was the first of the 11 siblings to pass away. Everyone in the family was very devastated, I know my mom misses him everyday. She's here in the US and the rest of her family is in Mexico, so she's taken it a bit harder than the rest. He was a lover of dogs and in almost every photo of him as a kid he always had a dog with him. I've been given a Willow Tree figurine in the past and I started thinking that perhaps they'd have one with a boy and a dog which would be perfect for Martin, and here I found the Angel of Comfort, my mom said even the name "Angel of Comfort" is perfect. When I go to Mexico in a couple of weeks I am taking this with me to have my cousin put it with my uncle's ashes. I know Martin would love it and it will give us here in the US comfort knowing it's with him.
Tomorrow will be a week since our 12 year old Stormy went to Rainbow Bridge. She was our first dog and the most faithful, loyal companion we could have hoped for! Our lives feel so empty without her but we received this beautiful gift from a sweet, thoughtful friend just two days after we lost Stormy. We were comforted not only by this beautiful piece, but by the thoughtfulness of a friend who knew our heartache.
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.