Friday, July 2, 2010

Webster Runs Free

5/8/99-7/2/10


My heart is breaking right as Webster crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. He was 11 years old.
He fought for months trying to get around on three legs. The pain, his ability to function and his quality of life suddenly became irreversible. Today he let me know that he was tired and it was time to say goodbye. In my heart I know he knew he couldn't go on. He was a dear sweet little furboy and I was lucky to have him for three years. He ran many races at the track and his couch potato life made him happiest of all especially when he scrunched up his bed to nest it just right.

Run FREE with the angels, Webster my sweetheart little boy!!!

Thank you for all your prayers of hope and understanding. It has helped me get through a difficult time. My blogger friends mean so much to me. Thank you!

24 comments:

Amy said...

Oh hon, I am SO sorry. I've been praying that he would feel better soon, but you did the right thing as hard as it was. You made his last three years the best he could've asked for and that's what matters.

We are all here for you and as a lot of us are animal owners, we can relate and are sending up good vibes Webster's way!

Lots of love, Amy.

wisteria said...

Amy..Thank you so much. Your support is so helpful and needed. He was a special guy. Loved as we all love our pets. The greyhound people always say,
Hug Your Hounds, because you just never know. Thanks!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Oh, I'm so sad! I feel like I lost someone I knew! My heart goes out to you and to his fellow furs! Many hugs for all of you!

wisteria said...

Rhapsody...Thanks..so much! I know how much you love seeing my dogs pics. I appreciate your kindness and your desperately needed hugs. You are so dear.

scottsgal said...

I' ve followed his struggles and you gave him the final gift releasing him from his pain. I'm so sorry for your loss. He reminds me of my black g'hound who we lost a few years ago.

Diane said...

I have tears in my eyes as I read your tribute to Webster. He was so lucky to have spent the last years of his life with someone as caring as you. HUGS to you....so sorry for your loss.

wisteria said...

scottgal..Your words a truly comforting. I know you know the pain.
thanks for caring.

Diane..It means so much to hear from you and your heartfelt sympathy. Thank you for your kind words. It means so much to me.

bermudaonion said...

I'm so sorry. I can only imagine the pain you're in.

Ruth Sims said...

Hello. I happened upon your site by accident while I was looking up book reviewers, and I read about Webster. I finished the July 2 entry with tears. I had never heard of greyhound rescue until now. What caring people you all are!

I've never had a dog, but we have had two greatly loved cats that we had to assist across the bridge. One was a calico who lived to be 21, and one yellow tom who lived to be 16.

There are people who scoff at feeling grief for an animal. I don't know how they can. Obviously they've never loved and been loved by a furry person. Though both my cats have been gone for years and we currently have a tiger cat who's almost 15, we still miss her predecessors. Each one was special, as was your Webster.

There's a wonderful old book called Beautiful Joe's Paradise I know you would love if you can find a copy. Read it with tissues in hand.

Ruth Sims

wisteria said...

Kathy, Thank you for caring.

Ruth,
It was so comforting to read your comments as they made me realize my mission so to speak. Rescuing greyhounds has made me see life in such a different way. They have given me so much more than I have given them. Having to let go of a foster dog is bittersweet, satisfying that you help transition a race dog to a family pet. On the other hand having to say goodbye to a temporary member of the family is sad. In any case, I loved being a foster mom. I failed twice. Once with Webster and then with Wizard. I have two others.

Webster was actually saved twice, once from the track and once from a bad situation..so he came to me at age seven.

I'm glad you stumbled upon my blog and I hope learning a little bit about greyhound rescue has been worth finding Bookworms Dinner. They are amazing animals, loving and gentle. They have no desire to race and prefer their soft bed. Hence their nickname as "couch potatoes".

Thank you for stopping and I will definitely look for that book. You are so thoughtful to write.
Wisteria

Vivienne said...

Oh Wisteria, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you adore your dogs and it brings tears to my eyes to read your sadness. Big hugs for you and the rest of your brood.

wisteria said...

Vivienne...Thank you so much for your hugs. It hurts. Your kind words help so much.

Iliana said...

I'm so sorry, Wisteria! Hugs to you!

naida said...

I'm sorry for your loss Wisteria. (((hugs)))
Webster was lucky to have you taking such good care of him.
Its obvious you love your furbabies very much!
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

Marie said...

I'm so sorry. Pets claim such a special place in our lives and hearts. I know your puppy will live forever in your memory.

wisteria said...

Iliana..Thanks for the hugs.

Naida..Thanks for the hugs too.
They are a special part of my life. I'm glad he is no longer suffering.

Marie..Thank you for saying that. His memory is vivid, and the tears keep coming. I hope soon they will ease.

Teddyree said...

Oh Wisteria, my heart goes out to you with the loss of your darling Webster, your post brought tears to my eyes. Our furbabies hold a very special place in our hearts and our lives ... {{hugs}} to you from across the miles.
Sheree

Sandra said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I was hoping so hard for him too. I bet the three years with you were the best part of life for Webster, he knew he was loved and it doesn't get better than that.

wisteria said...

Teddyree..Thank you for your ((hugs)). I really need them and your words are so comforting. He was very special.

wisteria said...

Teddyree...Thank you for caring and your words of support.

Sandra...Thanks for your kind words and encouragement.


You are both so sweet to post.

Ti said...

Oh...you've had a rough weekend haven't you? I'm so sorry for your loss. I love how you phrased this though.. running free has a nice feel to it. I'm sure Webster is free and happy now and most of all, without pain! Poor thing.

diaryofaneccentric said...

I am so sorry. ((HUGS))

wisteria said...

Ti-Thank you so much for your post. You are so right I know. I couldn't bare his suffering.

Diary of an E.--Thanks, I need them.

Darlene said...

I sorry I'm so late with this but my heart truly breaks for you. Our pets are so much a part of us that to lose them is the worst thing ever. Many hugs to you. I'm so sorry.