Goodbye Sky Dog


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Oh, my beautiful Sky. You were SUCH a handsome dog.

Our beloved family dog, Sky, affectionately known as Mr. Sky and Sky Dog, passed away last month. He was just shy of 11 years old.

We thought for sure we would have more time with him. But from the moment we found out he was sick, we had just about one more week with him. It was very sudden.

Which on one hand was nice, because he went out without being deaf, blind and in pain for years like most dogs. But on the other, it was very hard to handle and process.

He had a pancreatic tumor that was so large (the size of a melon) and it was pushing all his organs into his rib cage and causing him pain. That tumor could have been removed, if we hadn’t found cancer in other areas of his body. Sky also had cancer on his liver and lungs.

The tumor could rupture at any moment causing him to hemorrhage and pretty much die an awful death. The vet said we could gamble and maybe get another week, even a month out of him, but he recommended putting him down immediately. We could tell Sky was in pain and did not want him to suffer in the sligh
, and of course did not want to run the risk of a hemorrhage and traumatic death. We made the decision to put him down right away, and got to enjoying our last few days with him.

We wanted to make his last days very special for us all. We took him to the beach twice and cooked him steak. We loved on him, let him sleep in bed with us and on the brand new couch. We got to hug and play and say our goodbyes.

We were lucky that our vet came to our house to put him down. It was horribly sad, but very comfortable and peaceful. I am grateful. The living room in which my daughter came into the world is the same living room that Sky left the world. I wish that all humans and pet humans can be born and die in the peace and comfort of their own home.

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  1. Amanda M. says:

    I am so sorry. Much love and many prayers to your family.

  2. So sorry, Steph. I still remember how hard it was to put our rottie Cain down, and that was in 2006… such a hard and sad thing to do. Hugs.

  3. I love all of these photos, they are beautiful! Makes me so sad, miss my sweet boy.

    • Yeah, I am really glad were able to get those last portraits of him at the beach. We miss our sweet boy too. So glad you got to live with us and know him well.

  4. What a beautiful memorial Stephanie. I was sobbing after the first paragraph. I agree that it becomes much more difficult to focus all of your attention on the family pet once children come along and this really puts a lot into perspective. Thank you for an eye opening, heart warming memoir.

  5. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL POOCH WAS SKY…YOUR TRIBUTE WAS SO TOUCHING…THANK YOU FOR SHARING. I WORK FOR A VETERINARIAN ( HE HAS TREATED MY PETS OVER THE LAST 17 YRS.) I NEVER GET USED TO PEOPLE BRINGING IN THEIR BELOVED PETS FOR THE LAST TIME. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU TOOK THE BEST OF CARE WITH HIM AND HONORED HIM IN HIS FINAL MOMENTS BY BEING THERE . IN TIME, YOU WILL BE GRATEFUL YOU MADE THAT DECISION . WHEN YOU HAVE LET SOME TIME PASS I ENCOURAGE YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND TO READ THE BOOK: “A DOG’S PURPOSE BY W. BRUCE CAMERON”. I THINK YOU’LL ENJOY IT AND IT MAY GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON HOW DOGS MAY VIEW THINGS! THINKING OF YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  6. What a beautiful life Sky had! He was a very handsome pup too. I am so sorry that he had to leave you so soon, but please do not blame yourself for his illness. You took the absolute best care of him. You can tell in the pictures how loved and well cared for he was. Your sweet doggie was called home because he was needed there. You will indeed see him again and take comfort in knowing that he is watching over your family still. Prayers are being said in Texas for God’s mercy in your time of sorrow.

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