Saying goodbye to an old friend

In a few minutes, a kind veterinarian is going to arrive at our home to help us say goodbye to Zoey. She’s lived with us the past 13+ years which is more than half of Wildebeest and Zebu’s lifetimes. This morning Wildebeest said goodbye before  heading back to his home that’s a six-hour drive from here. Zebu will be with Zoey at the end.

Zoey’s last trip to Westcliffe. August 12, 2017

We’d originally hoped to say goodbye to Zoey tomorrow because it’s my birthday today. But when the vet offered to come this afternoon it seemed the best option. Zoey’s tired and has had enough, and it felt wrong to delay the inevitable. We’ve definitely made the right decision for her, but the mood is less than festive.

Rest in peace, our sweet Zotato.

18 thoughts on “Saying goodbye to an old friend

  1. I’m so sorry, and hope that you are all OK at this time.


    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

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    • Thank you, Amy. I know you fully understand the gaping hole in the heart. My mate said that very thing this morning, that there’s a Zoey-sized hole in his heart. We’re grateful she’s no longer tired and in pain.


  2. What a beautiful girl, and I know how much you and your family will miss her. Even when we know that we’re doing the right thing for our pets, it’s still heart breaking. Every day will get a little bit easier, of course, and you have years of wonderful memories together:) Hang in there, Tracy!

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    • Thank you so much, Becky. It helped a great deal to know it was the right thing to do for her. She was very tired and ready to leave us. She had one last walk on Saturday and that makes us all happier knowing she did her old-lady barking at three dogs before passing over. 🙂

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