Me heart is breaking

The best dog. EVER.
Journaling reads:

“Cassius is my best friend and he’s been my best friend my whole life.”

— Shelby, Feb. 6, 2012
Β 

Our beloved boxer, Cassius, is terminally ill with cancer that has left him with uncomfortable tumors, the inability to digest food and a generally depressed disposition. He’ll be euthanized on Wednesday. We’re all heartbroken, most especially Shelby. So, I decided to make this scrapbook page for her, because that’s what I do πŸ™‚Β  I’m going to print it out and frame it so she can put it up in her room. She’s so sad and I hope this helps her, even if just a little bit …Β 
I have kept it together until today. It’s suddenly so real and since the kids are at school and can’t see me … the tears have just been pouring down my cheeks. Last night, Shelby said to meΒ  “A girl shouldn’t have to go through this.” And she’s right. If I could have stopped this or protected her (and him) from this, I would have. But I can’t. I couldn’t. And now, as my heart breaks, I have to figure out the answer to her latest question, “Mom, what’s it going to be like without Cassius?”
I just don’t know.Β 
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44 Responses to Me heart is breaking

  1. Miranda says:

    Oh this is so sad for all of you. I am sure you guys will miss her lots. I will be thinking of you. And you are the best mom ever making this page for Shelby and putting it in a frame for her.

    Thinking of you all!!

    Big hugs Miranda

  2. Lydia says:

    My heart is cracking for you. Our boxer is almost two and such a huge part of our family. I hate to think how the boys will take it when her time comes. Tears streaming down my face. Huge hugs for you and Shelby. You are a great mom to frame that page for her. Does she have a journal/notebook/diary where she can write out some of her feelings?

  3. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  4. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  5. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  6. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  7. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  8. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  9. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  10. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  11. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  12. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  13. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  14. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  15. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  16. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  17. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  18. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  19. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  20. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  21. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  22. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  23. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  24. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  25. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  26. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  27. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  28. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  29. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  30. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  31. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  32. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  33. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  34. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  35. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  36. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  37. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  38. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  39. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  40. Stace&Lis says:

    I’m in tears for you. In tears, looking up at our framed photo of Somer. πŸ™

    If it feels authentic to you, you can tell Shelby that life without Cassius will be sad. And then it will be less sad. And then it will be happy again, with sad spots when you think of him. And then, later, thinking of him will make you happy for all the joy he brought you.
    And someday, when you’re ready, you’ll have a new dog, who won’t be the same, and won’t be as great, but will be fun and loving and a good friend in a new way.
    (At least, that’s been our experience with Spencer and Sebastian coming into our lives.)

    Still, in tears for you and your hard hard day/week ahead. Nope, she shouldn’t have to go through this.

  41. linda says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss…it’s never easy to say goodbye. I think it’s beautiful that you made a scrapbook page for your daughter…remember all the good times.

  42. justtssol says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s such a traumatic experience to lose a family member. Our dogs and cats are exactly that. A member of our family. I had a bulldog for 14 years. Last year we had to go through the same thing as you. He had cancer, a heart murmur, was very swollen, couldn’t eat and we had to euthanize him. It was the single most painful decision I ever had to make. It tore my heart out. Then, I had to look at my 5 year old daughter and try to explain it to her. It’s been a little over a year now. We have slowly moved past the pain. We talk and laugh about our “bubby” quite often. We have recently adopted a boxer. He is full of energy and lots of love. My daughter is happier now. I think I still mourn my sweet baby. (I have tears now.) But life goes on and we remember and smile about the wonderful times and consider ouselves blessed for having them. Thank you for allowing me to remember today. For you, take the time and do what you need to- to celebrate Cassius’ life. You all are in my thoughts.

  43. LCD says:

    Sorry to hear about Cassius. I lost my boxer, Joker, close to 20 years ago and still think of him and miss him. He was a great dog. I have other dogs I love, too. But, you always hold a place in your heart for each of them. Unfortunately, lost is part of love. I wouldn’t give up the love I had for them to avoid feeling the loss when they are gone. This is helping Shelby in the long run to realize how wonderful it is for the time you have with them…our animals or people, too. This is something good to go through though certainly painful at the time. My thoughts are with you.

  44. Hugs! I’m very sorry to hear about Cassius. My dog has been experiencing declining health for the past year. She’ll be ten this year so I know her time with us is short. Very sorry about this difficult time for you and your family.

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