Monday, October 25, 2010

Rocky Westbrook 11/13/2002- 10/25/2010

You know what I have learned? I have learned that we Natural Mothers don't handle loss all that well. This morning at 9:10 AM, we said our last goodbyes to our beloved Rocky and released him from his suffering. We had to do what was best for him. Keeping him alive even though he was having great difficulty breathing and was bleeding internally from the Mast Cell Tumor cancer that had spread throughout his system would have been the ultimate cruelty. My husband and I are making our way through this day in a haze of tears and grief but knowing that no love, however brief, is ever wasted or without worth.

What we received from Rocky in the 23 months he was with us was unconditional, exuberant and priceless. He was a joy of a little guy who had very bad luck with his health, but good luck finding people who would fight for him. I don't feel that we lost the fight. We set him free and that is a victory, especially when we wanted so badly to try anything to keep him going.

Now one of my children would argue with me, but I am going to hope and believe that there is something after this life...maybe not the way it is presented in the churches...but something that keeps going after the body fails. I want to believe that his spirit is running free, digging up gopher tortoise holes, barking at doorbells and sniffing his way through the woods. I want to believe that he is waiting for us to throw his cow hoof so that he can fetch it and then play "keep-away" with us. I want to believe that there will come a time when he will play "race to the bed" with us, again. And I hope, in that place, wherever he is, there are all manner of garbage cans to investigate.

Go with our blessings, Rockmeister. You carry a big piece of our hearts with you. Rest now..the bad part is over.

We love you, Little Guy.

On the death of the Beloved
by John O'Donohue
(1956 - 2008) Timeline

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or might or pain can reach you.
Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of colour.

The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.

Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.
Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was alive, awake, complete.

We look towards each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
As close to us as we are to ourselves.

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul's gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.
May you continue to inspire us:
To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.

(Sent to me by a friend "Down Under" who is also dealing with canine cancer.)


Lori said...

I am sorry for your loss. Blessed will see him again.

Sandy Young said...

Oh, Robin, I am so sorry. Ths is a sad journey that you are on now, but you are not alone. Darrell and you have many who love and care and will help you on the way, but I suspect that Rocky's spirit is bumping your hand, licking your tears, and loving you both as well. As much a gift as he was to you, you were to him also. Love is ALWAYS a gift and the benefits to the giver are equal or more to the gift to the receiver. Peace, My Friend.

Just an interesting capcha word is "lessn" learn a lesson but it doesn't lessen the experience. Just my thought on this synchronicity of loss. Love you, Friend.....

maryanne said...

I am so sorry. I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet. My sincere condolences to you.

Angelle said...

He was a trooper. I am sure his spirit is with you.

carol said...

I'm so sorry Robin. I know the loss is felt so deeply.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear this news. I know how hard it is to do everything possible and then have to make that final decision. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing Rocky lived his life knowing how much he was loved and left the world surrounded by that love. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Robin, my heart goes out to you and your husband, my deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved, Rockmeister. Rocky was a good boy, and well loved.

KimKim said...

Aww sweetie my heart goes out to you. I will have to face this one day with my little beloved dog. I'm so sorry.

SUE G said...

We will miss you HERO Rocky....but never forget you...Godspeed....(((HUGS)))) sue and angels