December 7, 2018

Rocky looking out over our lake just after he adopted us.

I started this post the other day.

I had trouble concentrating because our beloved family dog was ill.      Rocky was diagnosed just after Thanksgiving with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).  This disease is clinically similar to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in people, I was told.

I’m writing this now with tears in my eyes because Rocky passed away quietly in his sleep early this morning.  

Rocky was waiting for me at the door last evening but he did not stand up right away. He wagged his tail and lifted his head to tell me hello.  When he finally did rise, he let me know he needed to go outside.  We did so very carefully because he had trouble walking. We came back inside where he settled into a favorite spot until he needed to go out again.  I sat on pillows next to him on the floor as we watched the evening news.  Rocky liked to watch TV.

My husband and I took turns going out with Rocky last night and we both knew Rocky would not be with us much longer.

We went to bed with Rocky on the floor at the foot of our bed.  He had been sleeping there for the past couple weeks, instead of the living room couch. I had gotten used to waking up during the night to listen to his breathing which had been labored up to that point. At a little past 2am, I awakened to silence.  As I rose from the bed to check on him I knew he was gone.  I rubbed his back and covered him with a blanket. 

I waited for the alarm to go off to tell my husband about Rocky. I spent the hours between 2 and 5 talking to Rocky and thinking about all the things he would be doing now in heaven. I thought, by that time all our other family pets that passed up to heaven must have greeted him. 

I spent the rest of today thinking about how much we all loved Rocky and how much he loved us. We will miss him and we do already.  

Rocky,

Merry Christmas and may you always have peace and a view from your window.

Love,

Mom, Dad, and Brian

Taking in the view from Rocky’s window
Rocky on a visit to West Cornwall, Connecticut
Rocky with Bob, his dad
Rocky on a walk with Brian, his brother.
Rocky and me, his mom.

7 thoughts on “December 7, 2018

  1. Pam and Bobby,

    Frank and I are so devastated at your loss. Rocky was such a good boy and loved you both so much. We are praying for you both and know that he is with all of your and our loved ones in heaven. He will be surrounded with lots of love.

    We love you both,

    Frank and Jeanne

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  2. Pam, I’m a little late but so sorry to hear about Rocky. At least his passing was peaceful in his sleep and he didn’t have prolonged suffering. For that you can be grateful. Our pets really do become members of the family whom we love dearly and their absence creates a sorrowful void. Anyone who hasn’t experienced the unselfish love and devotion of a pet may find it difficult to understand the depth of your loss. But for those of use who have been fortunate enough to have loved and been loved by a pet -we understand.

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