Harley: Feb 8, 1994 – June 16, 2009

Her last act was sniffing the vet’s pocket and then happily gobbling 3 cookies before the sedative took hold and her head slowly nodded down until she laid her chin on the floor between her front legs, which is how she remained until the end, which was very peaceful when it came.

This morning it was strange coming downstairs and not picking her up off the floor so I could give her pills disguised as treats. It was odd picking up the paper off the stoop and not having her simultaneously step over it. And its strange to be sitting here at my desk without her sprawled across her blanket breathing noisily beside me.

And that’s about all I am able to say about that.

Here is Olivia’s tribute to Harley:

She will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace old girl.

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  1. ANovelMenagerie June 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I'm so sorry, Abigail.

  2. DEBRA June 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    The Last Battle

    If it should be that I grow frail and weak,

    And pain should keep me from my sleep,

    Then will you do what must be done,

    For this – the last battle – can't be won.

    You will be sad I understand,

    But don't let grief then stay your hand,

    For on this day, more than the rest,

    Your love and friendship must stand the test.

    We have had so many happy years,

    You wouldn't want me to suffer so.

    When the time comes, please, let me go.

    Take me to where my needs they'll tend,

    Only, stay with me until the end.

    And hold me firm and speak to me,

    Until my eyes no longer see.

    I know in time you will agree,

    It is a kindness you do to me.

    Although my tail its last has waved,

    From pain and suffering I have been saved.

    Don't grieve that it must be you

    Who has to decide this thing to do;

    We've been so close – we two – these years,

    Don't let your heart hold any tears.

  3. Suddenwidow June 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I really like Olivia's video tribute. She's a budding director/producer! Wishing you all peace as you learn to live without Harley.

  4. Supa Dupa Fresh June 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Abigail, Carter, and Olivia,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Looks like she was a happy pet and lucky to have found the love of such a family.
    Sending you hugs —

  5. Arlene June 18, 2009 at 4:38 am

    I'm so very sorry, our pets are so important to our lives…may she rest in peace.

  6. bev June 18, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Olivia's tribute was very moving. It's clear to see that no dog could have been loved more. It's so difficult letting go, but also our greatest act of kindness. Take care.

  7. Abigail June 18, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Thank you all for your kind words and sentiments. We are all hanging in there. Keeping busy. We are no strangers to grief, and so I like to think we are better equipped than many. Time is the magic elixir…

  8. Andrew July 18, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Nice photo…wonderful thoughts….

    Thanks for sharing…

    Entertainment at one stop

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