Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dingo And Our Final Day Together

To Our Beloved Buddy Dingo
Thanks For Six Wonderful Years!
December 2003 - October 2009

Dingo's ashes at rest in the living room

This entry into Dingo's blog has been the one I've dreaded having to make from the moment we embarked on this project. Seven long months of working hard, finding encouragement in Dingo's will to live and hoping for the best, were all dashed so quickly. It still so hard to believe.

It's been very difficult to know how to approach sharing the events of October 18th, but I've decided not to focus too much of the pain of day. The whole experience was far too personal, and I'm sure anyone who's ever dealt with the death of a pet can understand the extreme void left by the loss. I however will share that we had arranged for a vet to perform the procedure at home when the time came, and his passing was done peacefully on his blanket in the living room. Dingo slipped away while resting in our arms, receiving equal amounts of loving strokes and sorrowful tears from us both.

What I would like to share from that final day, is the beautiful morning he and I had together. After a very fitful night, Dingo woke me, as usual, at the crack of dawn for his morning pee. All of us were exhausted as Dingo had a great deal of pain the night before and just couldn't get comfortable enough to sleep. While outside he laid down to rest in his favorite spot in the backyard to view his kingdom. I grabbed my camera to document what were to be his final hours of lucidity.

Dingo and I sat quietly together staring into the leaves of the trees as the sun came up on what otherwise, would turn out to be a beautiful day. We listened to the birds and the wind, absorbing every sound around us with silent intensity. I crouched down as low as I could to view the world as he was seeing it right then, and shot a few more photos.

He glanced at me off and on, and I looked into his eyes desperately searching for the next sign. Was he going to hang with us and fight another day, or would he give the signal to let me know it was time. I could tell he was really in a precarious place as his eyes would go from connecting with me to drifting off entirely, as if he had no idea who I was.

After a few hours he laid his head on the ground and became pretty unresponsive. We knew then and there the time had finally come and began to say our goodbyes.

In memory, I wanted to conclude Dingo's blog on a positive note, reflecting on all the great times he gave us over the years. Dingo touched so many people and was truly a one of a kind dog. Friends, family, neighbors, delivery drivers and strangers who never met him, sent their warm condolences on his passing. Thanks to all who brought flowers and dog treats to the temporary marker we placed in his favorite spot on the driveway. We're honored have had time with such a special buddy and our lives have been permanently changed for the better.



The above footage was from the day Dingo came home with a positive diagnosis for lymphoma. The day was spent at his favorite park, playing with the coveted 'oven mitt' (for some reason he went bonkers every time he saw it), and then just relaxing at home.



Above is a collection of photos taken by us, my mom, our good friends and neighbors Pete and Rachel and our dear friend Tara. Click photos to view larger images.

The photo below is still one of my favorites. It was taken when he was less than a year old when he would constantly chew on his back paws to the point we thought he'd choke himself. It really shows the quirky side of his personality.

Goodbye buddy and thanks
for the memories!

43 comments:

  1. I just want to thank you for sharing your story and the bond that you had with Dingo. Although I never met him, I can see and even feel the love that everyone surrounding him had for him. Thank you Mark and Dingo for letting a stranger from Canada share your courageous story.
    -Vanessa

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  2. I have just today found your blog on blogcatalog and was excited that I would get to read and follow your and Dingo's story. Sadly, this is the first post I came to.

    I'm sorry that I could not watch your videos and view his photos, as I knew I would cry. My love and compassion for animals is so deep that I cannot bear to think of the longing that I am sure you have for those days.

    I guess what I'm thinking now is that I wish for your time of grieving to be short and your acceptance of his peace to be quick, knowing that he was loved so dearly. I can tell by just this post that he was loved by your family like every dog should be loved. Bless you.

    Teresa
    www.PetHydeout.com
    Chelsea, Alabama

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  3. 當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。..................................................

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  5. 一定要保持最佳狀況呦,加油!!!期待你發表的新文章!.................................................................

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  6. 當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

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  9. 先將一個人的生活過好,才有能力過好兩個人的生活................................................

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  10. its very to read about your loss. i know its hard to endure but i really appreciate your courage that you made this blog only for him. i don't know him but still i can feel sympathy for you people as he seems to be a precious member of your family. i liked all the pictures.

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