Saying Goodbye To A Faithful Friend and Furbaby

MIA UP CLOSEA funny looking dog–like one of those in Lady and the Tramp–Mia was up for adoption for weeks (maybe longer) before daughter Elise and I came across her. She’d been left tied up in an abandoned house, so was traumatized from abuse, but very sweet. The workers at the animal shelter liked her so much they’d decided to keep her until she found a loving home. Meanwhile, the debate ensued as to what breeds made up her parentage–Welsh Corgifox terrier/ African Basenji. mix, maybe. We were told she was likely mute, but might someday yodel (the Basenji part). Mia wasn’t in the least mute and never yodeled, just needed reassurance, and remained on the nervous side. I could identify. Years later, when I brought home our little pom-poo, Sadie, Mia mothered her (also several kittens) and the two have been extremely close. Although Sadie was the dominant one. Mia never understand she was far bigger, so Sadie bossed her around.

Mia and Percy--Tabby kitty and Corgi MixWhen we got Mia, the shelter guessed she was 3-4 years old, and that was over 12 years ago. This fall, (past year, really) it became increasingly evident she was declining. She still enjoyed ambling about the farm with our lab-mix rescues,, Lance and Luca, but she increasingly snoozed inside on her favorite blanket. Then she began to limp, and that got worse. Before Christmas, we discovered the place on her abdomen we’d hoped was a cyst had morphed into a tumor the size of an orange. Pressure on a nerve caused the worsening limp. She wasn’t gonna get better. Before she grew unbearably debilitated and in pain, we made the decision to let her go. With the help of our kind farm vet, we gently put Mia to sleep in our home today, and didn’t traumatize her by taking her to the animal clinic which she hated.

Colin and baby kitty and SadieSadie was quite upset during the goodbye process, but as Mia grew still, she calmed after I told her ‘Mia nighty night.’ Lance and Luca saw Mia borne to the grave dug in one of my flower beds, and understand she isn’t coming back. Animals have a way of knowing. Small people came this afternoon to ask about Mia. Everyone is sad. She was a good dog. Sadie will really miss her. She’s snuggled on the couch with me. I let her have her favorite blanket, which is also mine.

“Dogs have given us their absolute all.  We are the center of their universe.  We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.  They serve us in return for scraps.  It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.”  ~Roger Caras


My favorite pic of Mia, taken years ago. All images are from her younger days.

“Dogs’ lives are too short.  Their only fault, really.”  ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.” ~Gilda Radner

*Image of Sadie and grandbaby taken a few years ago.

20 responses to “Saying Goodbye To A Faithful Friend and Furbaby

  1. awww they truly are part of the family…hugs and love to you and your family.


  2. Beth I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful dog. What a wonderful life you gave her. Hugs for you and give your kitty extra kisses from me.
    Sue B


  3. This was a lovely goodbye for Lady Mia. Thanks for sharing. I will someday face the same with my beloved dog. I hope I only manage half so well.


    • I hope so too. This is the inevitable parting every time we risk loving any creature, great or small. I do not look forward to having to say goodbye to Sadie someday. It’s so wrenching.


  4. So sorry you had to let Sadie go. We have had to do the same and it never gets easier. A year ago we had to let our 16 year old lab go. She was having trouble getting up and finally couldn’t even walk. I wish we had had a vet like ours. I made an appointment which was supposed to be at a time where we could walk in and not wait. My husband ended up sitting in the waiting room with her for over a half hour. Very hard on both of them. Even though we have 3 dogs at home, we dearly miss her. They are certainly members of the family and really good ones always take a piece of your heart with them when they go.


    • They each do claim a piece of our hearts that remain theirs. Thanks so much, and for sharing your story. Yes, we were very fortunate to have the farm vet come to the house with all the expertise so she could pass away peacefully here.


  5. I’m so sorry, Beth. My heart is with you. 😦


  6. Sorry to hear about your Sadie. Pets become such a part of our family.


  7. So sorry for your loss. Those furry friends do have a way of wiggling into our hearts. We had to put our Shakespeare to sleep a few years ago. It was very hard on everyone, especially for our son. Shakespeare slept in his room. And even though we have other pets, the void was felt. He was part of the family and is forever missed. Take care.


  8. *sniffs and passes out tissues* I’m so sorry. I have two furry, four legged brothers and I don’t know how I would handle something happening to them. *BIG HUGS FOR ALL*


  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s never easy. I’m so glad you were there for her to the end and were able to make it as painless and unscary as possible. Bless you.


  10. A beautiful tribute to Mia, Beth, and how nice she could stay at home for this difficult time. My condolences.


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