I received a message asking for more of her health history last night. I responded and got a message back that they had just put Thelma down today due to a tumor in her lower intestine. I would never have guessed. She has been healthy for as long as I've had her.
I am waiting on more information as far as how this came about, but either way, my friend is gone. No more visits with her this summer like we'd planned. No taking Mana on a trail ride with her and her new owners and keeping in contact.
I've had this horrible sinking feeling since yesterday morning that was not helped by them asking for more health history almost a month later. I am just sick.
I know she didn't have the best life a lot of years, but I hope the last couple she spent with me were the best.
Good bye doesn't seem sufficient. She was the best teacher that I could ever hope for. She was my best friend, my hiking buddy, the one that taught me to be confident and to keep trying.
She gave me just enough trouble to keep me working, but not too much where I wanted to give up.
I don't have words. I have never lost someone that is this close to me before.