So Long, Mr Ed
My dear, sweet Mr. Ed got laid to rest last week. He had had several chronic soft tissue injuries that failed to heal completely. Yet he still was bright eyed and bushy tailed, but insisted on those kangaroo like leaps when he spooked or was goofing around.
We had 8 beautiful years together, and even though he was only trail sound for several years, we were the best of partners. When the last episode of leaping about re injured his foreleg, it was obvious "that" time had come. It really was an act of kindness, because of his very limited quality of life. He was 25.
A group of Ed's friends and family gathered round, and he and his best buddy grazed in the lush field, waiting for the vet to arrive. The vet was late, and at one point, Ed uncharacteristically looked down the long driveway and began to paw. He never paws at the ground! He KNEW. He was ready, even if those around him weren't quite. Pictures taken of us on that last day....his eyes were soft, and had a far away look. It was remarkable to see.
I was able to be with him til the end; I thought I'd be a mess but was surprisingly calm. Over the next few days, I felt unusually peaceful; it was as if Ed had surrounded me in comforting, clear energy. I still feel that way. I miss him with all my heart, and thinking of our partnership makes me tear up.
Gallop over those fields filled with rainbows, Ed! You touched many people's hearts, and were loved deeply.