It is with great sadness that I inform you that Velma died tonight at 11:45 of sudden death. She was a woofing, eating machine right up till the end. Her last snack was leftover asparagus - I wish it had been steak. Mike and I had just gone to bed and I heard her get up and make a weird choking noise (she slept in our room) - she was down and just about gone by the time I jumped out of bed. I got to say goodbye to her just before she went to wherever good dogs go. We woke up the kids and the dogs to say goodbye to her - I will take her to the vet when they open in the morning for cremation.
I can't believe she is gone - I always thought she would live to 12 like her grandparents. I am not having her posted since she was never bred. I think we can assume that it was an arrhythmia. She was a great dog and I will miss her forever.
Mary Jo Ansel
Dear Mary Jo,
I have tears of sadness and sincere sorrow for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Velma's life was wonderful with you. I know she was the center of your attention for many years.
Today will be sad. I do not envy your having to make the trip to the vet for cremation of Velma. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
If there was any choice to be made, I would have chosen to have Velma leave us in just the way she did. Quietly with dignity, no heroics, no needles, and you by her side until the very end.
I'm sure your whole family spent a sleepless night. This morning something is surely missing in your routine. Take some comfort knowing that Velma is among friends, and you are too.
Thank you for giving Velma a wonderful life.
Dillon's Barclay Amy CD RN WAC CGC TDI
Very Sincerely Yours,