My heart aches…


You may remember from my post at Christmas that we had been fostering a special little basset that had been found wandering the highway outside of our city.

On Friday night we lost our sweet little girl Hope.

From the moment she came into our lives she has been a part of our family.

In the two months that she was with us she had more than her share of health struggles and her ups and downs. Despite all of that, her sweet little disposition always shone through and you couldn’t help but want to try to do everything in the world to make her better. She never complained, was so easy going and made us smile all the time.

Everyone that met her couldn’t help but see she was a special girl. She was so sweet and gentle.

I’ll never forget the first time she howled, her walking in her oversized little cheerful striped sweater, the first time she gave me a little kiss on my nose, or her figuring out that the boys got treats every time they came in from outside and that she should join in on that action too.

She was a trouper and a fighter when it came to her health issues. But on Friday she took a turn for the worse and by early evening was struggling to breath.

As hard as it was, I’m glad that Matt and I were with her to the very end. For the last two months she had a warm bed, whatever food she wanted, and lots of belly rubs. Last night we held her, told how much she was loved and that it was okay to let go.

We are forever grateful to the Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba. When I called them about this little girl being found walking on the side of road they agreed to help without hesitation. At every step along the way they have been there for Hope, trying to find the answers to her health issues, stopping by to visit with her, doing everything they could and then some.

We are also so thankful to everyone who followed along on Hope’s journey and offered support in whatever way worked for their context. And to the doctors and staff of Southglen Veterinary Hospital and Transcona Veterinary Clinic for their expertise, guidance, care and compassion.

The house seems a little emptier today without her bright spirit.

You will forever be a part of our family sweet girl. I hope you have a full belly now and are running and playing and enjoying the best spot in front of the fireplace on your fluffy little pillow.

— “… all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

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8 thoughts on “Heartache

  1. Suzanne G

    It is so heartwarming to read this story and you made that dog’s last days the best ever. I do not understand how people can just abandon their dogs in time of need. I believe it is a major tell of a person in how they treat animals in general. Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. Kathy E.

    Trina, I am so touched to be a new friend and hear your sweet words. What an amazing kind act you offered to give Hope a home…a loving, warm, comforting home. You were as much blessed to have her ans she was to have you!

  3. Kate

    So sorry to read about losing Hope but take comfort in knowing that you gave her a good home when she needed one. You’ll meet again on the Rainbow Bridge. ♥

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