Nova: Goodbye.

She was a month old when I found her at the shelter. Tiny black body, with puppy blue eyes. She was so timid at first, and when I sat on the shelter floor to calm her, she curled up in my lap. That has been her favorite place ever since. Even 11 years later, arthritic legs and back, grunting when she tries to sit, she still crawls into my lap.

She did, until today, when our family decided to let her go. It was the right thing to do—she was in pain. But damn is it heartbreaking.

I couldn't even bring myself to go to the vet, so my wonderful husband took my mom there. My mom couldn't go inside, so my very wonderful husband, with love and tenderness, escorted Nova (our loyal protector and warrior, playmate and friend), to her last breath. He sat with her there as she fell asleep, taking with her a piece of all our hearts.

Goodbye Nova.


  1. Oh man, that really sucks. Having to put an animal down always = teh sux0r. Sorry to hear about your loss.

  2. Aw, man.

    Someone once said that in Heaven, if there is such a place, the first thing you see as you walk in is all the dogs you've loved coming to greet you.

    I'm sorry for your loss.

  3. I would take a little of your grief on myself if I could. It's hard to give them peace when they need it.

    The greatest thing is that Nova had people who loved her and cared for her. That's the best anyone, dog or otherwise, can ask of life.

  4. yo woman, sorry to hear about your doggle =( I lose it just thinking of the day Coops will leave me... sweet, sweet puppies.

    If you need entertainment, you can read all about my lack-of-sex life at redheadedprude.blogspot.com

    the ex had the old addy, so I needed a new one. Should be interesting!


  5. thanks all. your thoughts are very much appreciated.

  6. My Shih Tzu, Thor, is like my son. I shit you not. I'm a total pet parent. The day he leaves is gonna be rough. Sorry for your loss, Boo.

  7. OMG, no. That is the worst thing ever. Sorry for your loss.


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