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Gavin left this morning

Discussion in 'Sheltie Angels' started by Cindy, Feb 8, 2023.

  1. Margi

    Margi Premium Member

    Nov 2, 2012
    Corona, AZ
    My heart hurts for you. Tears for your pain. When you see him, see him whole and free, as he is now.
    RikyR, Ron Atkinson, Cindy and 4 others like this.
  2. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    There are no words to ease your pain, but we will all miss precious Gavin along with you. He was truly a special boy, and will always be there in your heart until you see him again. :hugs
    RikyR, Ron Atkinson, Cindy and 3 others like this.
  3. SheepOfBlue

    SheepOfBlue Premium Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    17 great years, you are both blessed. Sorry about you missing him but remember the 17 years of joy.
    RikyR, Ron Atkinson, Cindy and 4 others like this.
  4. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    Truly a one of a kind Sheltie. What a blessing in your life, and of course his absence is huge.
  5. RikyR

    RikyR Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2013
    Baton Rouge LA
    One day your sadness will be replaced by all the fond memories you had with Gavin. You will smile, probably shed a few tears, but he will forever be in your heart.
  6. Cindy

    Cindy Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    So much of my life included Gavin. COVID meant we were together 18-20 hours day. We were so bonded, he loved and trusted me so much; his loss of overwhelming. I only have good memories of him, I just don't know how to live without him. It feels wrong. I have a Gavin shaped place in my life and heart that is a huge gaping void.
    He had a chair, his chair, that I kept when I moved to this place because he loved it so much. When he hurt his leg, I built a ramp for him to get up there. He hasn't been able to get up there for a few years but I still kept the chair.

    Calliesmom, woof, RikyR and 5 others like this.
  7. woof

    woof Forums Enthusiast

    Jul 13, 2008
    Sooo very sorry Cindy, what a loss. It seems so unfair that we only get to have these wonderful creatures in our lives for such a short period of time. You were so fortunate to have Gavin for such a long time but I know that also make the loss harder. So many here have experienced that final goodbye and you know we are there with you in heart and mind. Your tribute to Gavin was wonderful.. and he had ever dogs very dream of heaven-- a very loving home.
    RikyR, SheepOfBlue, Ann and 2 others like this.
  8. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Forums Enthusiast

    Jun 17, 2010
    There are never any great words when you lose a dog but it is even harder after a long bonded beautiful relationship. I wish you peace and healing.

    I found your posts so inspiring when Katy was sick and failing. They kept me pushing through when I felt so overwhelmed and just sad knowing her end was coming and you reminded me to enjoy what ever time we had in what ever way she was able to participate. As I read your posts about Gavin I spent more time not thinking about what we were losing but enjoying the time we had in the way she was able. I thank you for that.
    RikyR, Sandy in CT, woof and 4 others like this.
  9. Cindy

    Cindy Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA

    thank you. it feels so good to read this. Cause that's why I posted so much about Gavin's issues. I think My posts are the longest ones on here, and there were multiple ones too! I wanted people to celebrate what their dog can do, not focus on what they can't.
    Gavin lived a good 6+ years after cancer, 4+ years after his leg started failing him. He had a full and happy life. We did most everything we had before, just a bit differently. My most bittersweet memories are of him in the past 4 years, when he had mobility issues but never let that stop him (slow down yes, but not stop). He was a special boy who will always live in my heart
  10. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    I'm sure lots of us have been inspired by your journey with Gavin, the adjustments and work-arounds as he aged and had some physical limitations. His spirit was always shining bright though. I'm so glad he had extra time with you during Covid and your stay with your mom. I think having that backyard to hang out in was something he really enjoyed, and a precious memory for you.

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