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Good bye to my best friend

by JK
(Gainesville, Ga)

I had to say good bye to Kapler after 10 years of companionship. He was the best friend I have ever had. On my second date with my husband I introduced him to Kapler and let him know, Kapler was part of the package. Jeff came to love Kapler very much.

4 years ago we learned Kapler had cancer. Our vet removed the mass and he healed quickly. Kapler loved life, he loved to lay in the sun and warm his bones. He would roll over for me to rub his belly if he wanted to stay out when I needed him to come in. Kapler would bark at me to let him out or give him a bone. He would bark when I came home and we loved to talk. I have no clue what we talked about, but we talked. Kapler and I would bark back and forth. He loved it!

Kapler developed another mass. We did not know about in his belly. We do not know how long the mass had been there but the other night Kapler had a difficult time walking, he was panting and his gums were white. We took him to the emergency vet and they confirmed my greatest fear. The cancer was back and it was too far developed for us to do anything.

I had to let him go. It was so hard but I did not want him to suffer just for me. It was not fair. He loved me so much and trusted me to take care of him so I had to do what was best for him.

The house is quiet. I miss hearing him walk down the hall on the hard floor. I miss our talks (even though I have no clue what we were talking about). I miss rubbing his ear. I miss his smile and his loving eyes.

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Jan 12, 2011
From Friend to Friend
by: Anonymous

I send you my deepest sympathy. you did the right thing.

You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.
(c) Karen Clouston

Dec 03, 2010
So sorry for your loss
by: Angie from South Africa

your story has touched my heart in so many ways. I am dreading the day when I have to say goodbye to my sweet Shannon and beautiful Basil. I had to smile when you wrote about your conversations because I also "talk" to my 2 babies. We bark and howl like there's no tomorrow x

Nov 30, 2010
So sorry for your loss...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Sounds like you and Kapler were best of companions. Thanks so much for sharing him with us. Again, really sorry.

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