Goodbye, Brandy

Dog sleeping in pools of light from a windowTomorrow, I will say goodbye to my 16-1/2- year-old sweet Brandy.  In September 2014, I published this photo on Monochromia, and tonight, I felt the need to share it again.  Back then, I wrote:

She’s mostly deaf, losing more of her sight weekly, turning grayer each month. But this soon-to-be 15-year-old miniature pinscher is still my loyal companion. And I love watching her as she curls up and naps in the little spots of light and warmth that she finds around the house. Love you, Brandy, old girl…

She did end up deaf and blind, and especially lately, she has begun to struggle more and more. I have prayed for her to go in her sleep, but apparently this is not to be. And so, two days ago, we had to make the difficult and painful decision to help her go. Perhaps, in the end, Brandy knows best: she will be surrounded by those she loves and who love her, and that really does give me peace.

Yesterday, a friend shared a long-ago quote by Roger Caras, the host of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: “Dogs are not our whole life,  but they make our lives whole.” To  Brandy, thank you for enriching our lives with laughter, cuddles, and above all, your unflagging love. My heart is heavy, but I know you will rest among the angels.

40 thoughts on “Goodbye, Brandy

  1. I’m sorry for your loss and understand how difficult it is to loose our pets ‘family members’ as I face similar circumstances watching our Flopsy struggling with age. Sending you hugs..


  2. Beautifully written, Stacey. I know it’s difficult, we went through it a few years ago, but you have become richer and been rewarded with many memories.


  3. So sorry for your loss. My heart still hurts for my Golden retriever we had to let go of in 2012 but I smile at all of the joy he brought to our lives. Many blessings to you, Stacy.


  4. My heart goes out to you Stacy. It’s such a difficult decision to make for our pets. I too have often wished they would peacefully go in their sleep. Just like we wish for any loved one. Know you are making a loving decision for Brandy. I’m sending you all big hugs. 🐾💕


  5. Dear Stacy, I am so very sorry to learn of your family loss. I don’t know what the loss of a pet feels like just yet, but know how you must be feeling at this moment. Time heals. I pray for your strength through this sad time.


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