Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In Memory of Soldier, 2000 ~ 2013




Soldier died Saturday night, he was around 13 years old. I noticed that his eyes had that different look a few days ago, and he wasn't quite right. But he ate well and walked without problems, so I hoped he would be OK again. But on Saturday, after a few hours of pain and restlessness, he laid down and died peacefully with his beloved daddy at his side. 

Of all the dogs that lived with us during our 30 years together, Soldier was the toughest, the bravest, and the most courageous. My friends, you know his story. He was my inspiration to get up and get going every morning, no matter how I felt. His previous owners named him well, and that's the only good they did for him. 

Soldier was a trooper who stole my heart. Soldier's heart, though, belonged to his daddy. He knew his daddy rescued him; and for the six years he lived with us, his daddy was his hero, and the greatest love of his life.

I am glad Soldier died without having to suffer any more vet visits, without lingering and feeling ill for a long time, or worse, a final vet visit to end his life. I worried about that a lot. Instead, he passed away peacefully, with his daddy petting him, and soothing him; that is what I wished for and that is how it came to be. For this am very grateful.

But Soldier, my boy, how I will miss your brave heart. You will always be my boy and mommy will always love you the mostest and the bestest. (That's how I used to talk to him, because he was my hero.)


This is Soldier on the day I first met him in early fall 2007. 











35 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry, Inger, and so grateful that he died at home.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. my heart is hurting for your loss. he was so beautiful and I am thinking now he has crossed that rainbow bridge he can run free and happy with no pain... hugs and love from me to you

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  3. Oh Inger. I am so sorry for your loss. But you know at the same time I am so happy that Soldier found you two!! What a life you have given him. The ultimate gift.

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  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Just breaks your heart...xoxox

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  5. So very, very sorry for your loss my friend.

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  6. My heart goes out to you, Inger and to your hubs. It's best for animals, like people, if we can be at home when we say good-bye.

    Losing a pet is always hard. I used to think about my cat, my buddy, almost every day after he was gone. He's the cat, Slick, that I wrote about in A Street Cat Tale.

    Soldier had a good life, especially if he was rescued initially, like my cat was too.
    Hang in there.

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  7. So sorry to hear this Inger. Soldier was a constant companion and loving 4 legger that wouldn't hurt a soul. You and your hubby should be so proud of yourselves and thankful that Soldier came into your lives. Take one day at a time and you will slowly begin to feel a bit better. We dog lovers all go through this and know the ache that will linger. Time will heal.
    Ro

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  8. Dear Inger, Dulcy said in her book, "At the end, all that matters is love. My love for my human and hers for me. I have planted the memories of our life together in her heart. She will find them there when I am gone and they will comfort her."

    You and your husband have so many comforting memories of Soldier. And you have both given him so many wonderful memories in the last six years of his life. Memories that he will treasure in the beyond. I hope that comforts you. Peace.

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  9. Dearest Inger .. I am sorry for you both, yet so grateful Soldier died with your husband, his saviour, at his side - and as you say he didn't need to suffer any more.

    I have tears in my eyes and feel for you so much ... with big hugs Hilary

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  10. Sending you a big hug, Inger. I loved Soldier through your writing. He was all those things you described and he was also incredibly lucky to spend the best six years of his life with you -- with people who understood his fears, his trauma, his distrust of men (other than his daddy of course). He deserved a peaceful death in the home where he felt safe and loved.

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  11. Så ledsamt ......ser kanppt tangenterna här för min tårar. Tur att han fick fina år hos er och dessutom få somna hos husse. Det är ju alltid jobbigt att åka den där sista resan till vetrinären...så skönt för Soldier.
    Nu är han där uppe med de andra på Rainbow Bridge o får träffa mina som Nova och Trixe som gick senast.
    Kopiera länken och se denna om Rainbow Bridge den är så fin.

    http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html

    Många kramar till er alla från oss i Småland!!!!

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  12. My deepest sympathy to You and Daddy on the passing of your beloved Friend Inger.

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  13. Oh dear, Inger, you brought tears to my eyes. What a touching tribute!

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  14. Dee said it for me: "At the end, all that matters is love. My love for my human and hers for me. I have planted the memories of our life together in her heart. She will find them there when I am gone and they will comfort her." I am still crying for you, though!!

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  15. bless you and your husband - and samson, too. i know you will miss your sweet soldier.

    i, too, have always wished a peaceful death at home for my old ones. i am so glad you got that gift for him.

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  16. So sorry to hear but good that he went peacefully. Always hard to lose a loving pet especially a dog. Give Samson a hug for me.

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  17. Oh I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how this feels and it takes time. Yes you are very fortunate you didn't have to make the vet trip for him, he really gave you a final gift in passing quietly on his own time.

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  18. :( Im crying over here. I dont do this very often. I didnt expect that.

    tight hugs to ((((Inger & hubby)))))

    when we go to where we go after our bodies are done here, theres going to be a lot of old friends who will walk on with us in the journey.

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  19. All of us who have loved and lost our pets know the sadness you are feeling.

    How wonderful that Soldier passed away surrounded by love and in a place that he found the kindness and happiness that he deserved

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  20. I remember his back issues and how he overcame that like the soldier he was.

    So very sorry Inger -- I know you, your husband and Samson will miss him dearly. xo

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  21. sorry my friend !

    bisous bisous for you

    your friend in FRANCE, Mary

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  22. Oh I am so very very very sorry - I can't even imagine the loss of Soldier. Hugs, sandie

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  23. Inger, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you and Soldier's Daddy. You two and Soldier were blessings to each other. It was good that he could pass at home, knowing how much he was loved.

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  24. "Grieve not, nor speak of him with tears, but laugh and speak of him often...'twas Heaven here with you, Inger...he loved you both so much..."...:)JP

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  25. Oh Inger, my heart is breaking for your loss and for your husband's loss. I do remember the Soldier story, and it brought tears to my eyes then... and now tears again. I am so glad he did not have to suffer so much. I send you my love and ((((HUGS)))) on this very sad time in your life.

    My dear Samson, I am so sorry for your loss. ((((DOGGIE HUGS)))) sending you my love, Gracie.

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  26. I just know how your heart aches. I'm so sorry for your loss, and yet, how comforting that soldier died with those he loved, quietly and with peace. oxoxo Debra

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  27. Oh Inger and your poor husband I am so sorry. Soldier had the best home any dog could ask for and I know you are going to miss him terribly. HUGS HUGS B

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  28. We are so sorry for your loss of Soldier but what a perfect way for your boy to leave. He must have died very happy with his dad.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  29. Inger, I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  30. Inger and Mr Inger my most profound thoughts for you. SOldier was blessed to have you and you to have him.

    I am sure he will continue to live in your hearts.

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  31. Hugs to you Inger. I am so sorry for all of you. Soldier will be missed.
    How sweet that he died at home with his dad loving him. What a great send off!

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  32. Oh Inger I'm so sorry. I know how much you loved him.You gave him such a good second half of his life. Hugs to you my friend...honestly have tears in my eyes.
    Been there ,hugs again.

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  33. Oh, Inger. I'm sorry for poor Soldier but to die in peace at home, Daddy beside him--who could ask for a better way to go? Isn't it amazing what capacity human beings have to make an animal's life Heaven or Hell?

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  34. Oh Inger, I am so so sorry for your loss :( I know Soldier was the bestest and most special dog. My condolencec to all of you who will miss him.

    I believe we will all miss him, too.

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  35. Oh dearest Inger,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I read this post with tears in my eyes... My heart aches for you and for your husband. Soldier was a special and lovely friend, always loved and I'm sure he had a wonderfully happy life with your family. Soldier will be sorely missed. I'm sending you and your husband hugs and comfort.

    PS: Thank you so much for your kind words on Flora's post.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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