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        11-11-2009, 01:31 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by gossipgirl101    
    Jerry was put down at 9:08 AM this morning. He was in so much pain, it really did seem kinder to let him go. The expression on his face as his breathing slowed was so serene it made me feel so incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful horse for so many years. He will be buried on our property later today. :(
    Big {{{{hugs}}}} to you.
         
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        11-11-2009, 02:24 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    I'm really sorry. You made the right choice. I will be thinking of you...strongs.

    Here is a thing I found on the internet, and it really touched my heart:

    "Just this side of heaven is a place called RainbowBridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to RainbowBridge. 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 RainbowBridge together....

    Author unknown..."
         
        11-11-2009, 02:39 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    You were very strong and showed Jerry how much you loved him today. I'm so sorry for you, I lost my first horse at 28 too. In time it will get better, especially because you know you did what was right and kind for him. As Barry said, take plenty of time to feel the loss of your horse and then when you're ready you'll find a new one. Jerry will be watching over you to make sure the right one comes your way, I'm certain. I know my Shanti had a part in bringing my new horse into my life. In time the hurt does get better, but you never forget them.
         
        11-11-2009, 04:07 PM
      #34
    Started
    Hugs for you.

    You did the best you could for him. That's all anyone can ask.
         
        11-11-2009, 07:07 PM
      #35
    Foal
    Your post has brought tears to my eyes. I have had to euthanize one animal in my life and it was because he was in pain, and in liver and kidney failure and was 21 years old. I know your heart must be tearing and splitting inside, but humanely euthanizing him is the right thing to do. It is the last loving act that you will do for Jerry. Good luck. And most importantly you are not alone.
         
        11-11-2009, 07:24 PM
      #36
    Foal
    I've said this about 3 times now, but thank you all so so much for your kind words and advice and thoughts and everything! I don't know what I would do without the comfort and strength so many people have given me today....you are all so amazing.
         
        11-11-2009, 07:49 PM
      #37
    Foal
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that this was a very hard day for you and your family. {{{hugs to all}}} You gave him the best life that you could have and the most honorable end.
         
        11-11-2009, 08:35 PM
      #38
    Foal
    I am sorry for your loss. I understand how you feel, I had to put my baby down a little over a month ago. He was only 4 though, and much too young to go. Here is a quote and a poem that really make me tear up, but also to understand sometimes it really is the best thing to do.

    To place your horse's need for you to let him leave his failing body above your need to keep him with you - that - is the greatest and purest love.


    You're giving me a special gift,
    So sorrowfully endowed,
    And through these last few cherished days,
    Your courage makes me proud.

    But really, love is knowing
    When your best friend is in pain.
    And undertaking earthly acts
    Will only be in vain.

    So looking deep into your eyes,
    Beyond, into your soul,
    I see in you the magic, that will
    Once more make me whole.

    The strength that you possess,
    Is why I look to you today.
    To do this thing that must be done,
    For it's the only way.

    That strength is why I've followed you,
    And chose you as my friend,
    And why I've loved you all these years...
    My partner 'til the end.

    Please, understand just what this gift,
    You're giving means to me.
    It gives me back the strength I've lost,
    And all my dignity.

    You take a stand on my behalf,
    For that is what friends do.
    And know that what you do is right,
    For I believe it too.

    And don't despair my passing,
    For I won't be far away,
    Forever here, within your heart,
    And memory I'll stay.

    I'll be there watching over you,
    Your ever-faithful friend,
    And in your memories I'll run...
    A young colt once again.
         

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