Saturday, June 29, 2013

Surrounded by love



I, Thunder, feel so very special to be surrounded by so much love from my pack, Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning. Mom and Dad have been spending lots of time with me, petting me, rubbing my shaved tummy, and slipping me some extra treats.  And I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all of you out there.  I have received so many heartwarming comments and emails, from all my pals and from new friends from far and wide.  All of your good thoughts and wishes and prayers are so very much appreciated by me and my whole family.  A very big woo-filled thank you from all of us.


And now Mom's turn.  I wish I could tell you some good things.  This photo was taken earlier this week, and it is amazing how quickly Thunder has faded since then.  Without getting into all the medical details, his hematocrit is continuing to drop.  His breathing has become very rapid, even when he is totally asleep.  Most of his time is spent on his side asleep or resting.  We have done a lot of talking and consulting with our vet about the quality of life.  We are pretty sure he isn't in any pain, but we know he is not comfortable.  We are sad to say that we are no longer talking about months with our special boy.  It is so very hard for me to write this - the tears just keep coming.  But I want you all to know how very much we thank you for all your support and concern.  You are all the greatest.

Woos from Thunder and hugs from Mom

82 comments:

GOOSE said...

tears are falling over here too. Please know that you all are ever in our prayers. As I sat in the vets office today with my MOM I could not help but think of my buddy Thunder and we said another prayer right there for him, prayers for comfort and peace. Thunder will remain close in our hearts and prayers as well as the whole family.
Blessings,
Goose

Kat said...

Oh no. We are so sorry to hear that things aren't getting any better. Your family and pack are in our thoughts. Enjoy every moment with your special Thunder. Give him a hug and an extra special treat for all of us in blogville.

Mitch and Molly said...

Not a day goes by that we're not thinking of Thunder and of all of you. (((hugs)))

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We cry with you. Hugs

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Saying our prayers for your family.
Much Love,
Mama Mindy & The Slimmer Puggums

Sue said...

You are never out of our thoughts.

Mrs. JP said...

The hardest decisions to make are for the ones you love so much. We are lifting you up in prayer for wisdom and comfort for the family and pack.
much love and blessings from all of us in the holler...

Jake of Florida said...

Sending you more love in the hope it will bring some comfort during these sad days.

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry and our mom

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

We know you you will do what is best for your precious boy - the main thing is that he isn't in any pain. Most have us have lost multiple dogs in the past - it never gets any easier - each and every one is special in their own way. We are all here for you - praying for you and sending you strength. Big gentle hugs for Thunder.

Arno Vom Altvilstal said...

Dear Kathie,
we are so sorry to read this and we can only try to immagine how sad and despaired you must feel at the moment.
Don't let him suffer, but don't let him go too early and take all the love he can gives you and lock it in your hearth so Thunder will never leave you as long as your heart beats!
We are crying with you!
Love
Arno

katsrus said...

Ginger Jasper told me your beautiful dog was sick. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs.
Sue B

What Remains Now said...

Tears are falling all over Blogville. I have thought of you all so many times this past week and am broken-hearted over what you must face and do. I'm so sorry. You are in my heart. Thunder...We love you so. I know you know that.

Molly The Wally said...

We know what lies ahead and no words we can write will ever express our deep sympathy, our sadness and sorrow for you all. We simply say our prayers and thoughts are with you. We wish you strength and we send love and a hand and a paw or two from across the pond. You are in our thoughts.
Best wishes Molly

Piappies World said...

We are heartbroken with the way things are turning out with our dear Thunder. We say our prayers for Thunder and for all of you for we know how hard things are right now. Keep him in your embrace and please hugs him for us too.

We love you lots.

Love,
Piappies Mom, Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

harrispen said...

We love all of Woo! Hugs to the whole family.

Millie, Walter, & Cindy

savannahspawtracks.com said...

You know we share your tears. We shared Mom Linda's Sibes' passing with you to try to let you know how much we feel for you...so very hard; ear rubs for Thunder. Mom Linda and Savannah

jen said...

Our hearts are breaking for you and it just doesn't seem fair. I'll continue to keep Thunder in my thoughts and send positive vibes his way.

Glenna said...

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Many licks and tail wags to your family. We are so sorry for this to be happening to one you hold so dear.

Ruby said...

oh, my heart really is breakin' for you. We all know how hard this is, and what your going through.
Know that we all are here for you, and that Thunder and the pack are in our thoughts and prayers, and that I am sendin' all the AireZens I can your way.
{{{{{hugs}}}}}
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Toma said...

very big hug to thunder :*

Stewey said...

We are just heartbroken over here, and mom is crying right along with you. She knows the very spot you are in, because four years ago (when I wasn't even born yet) my family lost their dogter, Sophie. Sophie, a beautiful collie, had by all accounts seemed to be a healthy 4-year old. Then, out of nowhere, she got violently sick. It was like zero to 90 in one day. She suffered in an animal hospital for four long, agonizing days - until my family could not let her suffer any longer. So, my mom, dad and human sister hugged her and loved her before doing what they knew they needed to do for her. Even four years later, it is still mind-boggling to them how fast the whole downward spiral occurred. To wrap up on a positive note though, I want to tell you that my human sister created a "Memory Box" for Sophie. She is very artistic, and she decorated the outside of the box with photos and artwork about Sophie. Then, my family put special Sophie items inside the box. And, this Memory Box of Sophie was and is still a therapeutic remembrance of my family's special dogter. Heartfelt hugs to all of you ~ Stewey and his mom

Minnie and Mack said...

Know that what you do in standing for any living being on their final journey is one of the noblest, compassionate and loving things that we can do on this planet. It is so hard and yet such an honor.
Peace and live to your family.

Minnie, Mack, Mario and Kathy

BeadedTail said...

Tears are flowing here too. I'm so sorry this is happening to your beautiful boy. My heart is with you. I wish I could be there for you. Please give Thunder and all the Woos a big smooch on the snooter for me! Tell him how much he's loved by so many all over the world!

Madi and Mom said...

OH DEAR ME WOOS, MOM AND DAD AND MOST OF ALL OUR PRECIOUS THUNDER...YOU AND YOUR WOO SIBS AND BIPEDS HAVE MADE US SMILE SO MUCH OVER THE YEARS. PLEASE KNOW WE ARE SO VERY SORRY AND THAT WE HAVE YOU ALL ENVELOPED IN OUR DAILY PRAYERS. THUNDER AS YOUR MOVE ON PLEASE KNOW HOW MUCH YOU HAVE MEANT TO US. GOD SPEED SWEET BOY WE KNOW YOUR BUDDIES WILL BE WAITING WELCOME YOU OVER THE BRIDGE.
WITH LOVE AND HUGS
MADI AND CECILIA

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello woos its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am verry sorry to heer thunder is dooing poorly so fast it is so unfair we dogs dont git to spend enuf time with owr peepul under the best of kondishuns and he is so yung he shud hav had menny more yeers to luk forward to!!! it is just not rite!!! we wil keep yoo in yore thawts and in owr tail wags!!! ok bye

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

We love you TD, you and your whole family. To us, you embody the best in blogging and the best in sharing a life filled with love.

Gentle Woofs, Soft Purrs and Neighs and Big Hugs,
Tommy, The Chans, The Vs and #1

Frank The Tank said...

Hi my Woo Furiends, I'm so very sad to hear about our special boy Thunder and tears fall for him here too, I can't imagine what you are going through watching him everyday, I am sending all my love and prayers for you a, I'm with you in spirit sending hunts and licks to all of your wonderful wooing pack, your wannabe woo Frank xxxxxxxxx

Frank The Tank said...

Sending hugs and licks (paws too big for the keyboard again!) XxxxX

scotsmad said...

If we can be of even a little bit of comfort at this sad time we're happy to be here. Hugs to the pack.

XXXOOODaisy, Bella & Roxy

24 Paws of Love said...

So terribly sorry to hear this. We are all thinking about all of you.

We love woo Thunder.

Susie and Sidebite said...

We all are sad for the Thunder boy, but he still enjoys the time with you, no matter what!

The Mad Scots

Jo's World said...

You know, TD, we are the same age old and my heart is breaking that you have become so ill. You have been the best dog ever, so special, that I don't understand why this happens.

We pray for your recovery every single day since you have been sick. I also pray that you get strong enough to plant another stuffee tree!

Love and hugs to you, Big Guy, from
your pal Stella

Hero said...

My heart is breaking for woo, Thunder. I will cross my paws that woor time is filled with comfort, love, and lots of good treats.

Hero

rottrover said...

Sending thoughts of comfort, strength and support. It only hurts because we love them so much...

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Dear Woos Mum, know you are in our hearts during this time with your precious Thunder. We care because we know what it is like and that's why we offer our support to you and all in your family. Gentle hugs to you all. Hold each other tight.
Love Stella and Rory (and Carol)

Courtney said...

Sorry mom, we know how much your dogs mean to you :( I wish I could take your pain away.

FiveSibesMom said...

We are just so sorry to hear this...our hearts break for you as I write this through tears and look at the photos of beautiful Thunder. I have been hugging my furkids extra tightly since hearing the sudden news of Thunder's health. We are all hear for you and surround you with love and heartfelt support. Thunder is so wrapped in your love...and you are wrapped in ours and your other fellow Blogville friends. You and Thunder are continuously in our thoughts and prayers. May he stay in comfort and love...hugs to all.

Barbara said...

We are very sad - we have lost several friends these past two weeks, and we do not like that Thunder is not doing well. Our hearts are with you in this very difficult time and hope you feel the love from all of us. Please know you are all loved.

Duncan Breazeale said...

Awwwww, darn it Thunder. We just heard the news and are so sorry to hear it. We've benn there and know what you're going through. Our paws are crossed and you're in our thoughts.

Twinkietinydog said...

I'm here for you too! I know there's not much I can say to ease the pain, but I want you to know that we are all thinking about Thunder and your family wishing you strength! You've got my email if you need to get in touch. Much love, Isabelle and of course, Twinkie and the gang

The Husky in the Window said...

We are all so sorry to hear about Thunder. Hugs to all of you and we will keep you'all in our prayers. Gerri, MayaMarie & Bella

finnhoward said...

Oh Thunder. We are thinking of you here. Please let your Momma and Pops know that we want to reach out and give them a hug! We are here for them. Sending lots if love your way.

Ms. ~K said...

Dear Kathie, my heart is aching for you during this difficult time...please give Thunder a long hug for me, and whisper in his ear, "Sweet boy!"
My thoughts are with you all.
K

The Websters said...

Tears from us. Hate this so much and can't imagine what you're going through.

Darci and Nora

Berts Blog said...

We never have the words.
We love you all
Bert and My Vickie

Nola said...

We're crying too. I hate this for you. We all love you so much.
Nola and Family

ra husky said...

Love and prayers dear friends,

RA, Isis, & NanĂ¼k

Erika Christine said...

So sorry to hear this, I am thinking of you!

Jeanne Pursell said...

Tears are falling here too. We all love dear, sweet Thunder. We are sending all of the love and hugs we can for all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers!! xoxo Chloe, LadyBug and Jeanne

Lorenza said...

Your pain is our pain and we will be with you on every step of this difficult paht.
You know how much we love you all.
Take care
Lorenza and mom

Tweedles -- that's me said...

All of you have become part of our family of life, and we are hurting with you. We have not stopped thinking about Thunder for one moment-- and we keep crying too.
And the pain that your own hearts are feeling- I know is unbearable- and maybe you wonder why your own heart is beating- because maybe it feels like it has stopped.
The pain you are going through is deep. All of Thunders life he has trusted you- to keep him from pain- and you always have.
We hurt with you. We wish there was something we could do- but there is not- just know how much we care and love all of you---
love
tweedles

sprinkles said...

I'm so so so very sorry! I wish I could say something to ease the pain, but I just don't know what that could be. My heart hurts for you.

It's so hard to watch your pets go downhill, especially when you feel like you've done everything you can. I know he knows how much he's loved and I hope that helps you, knowing you took such good care of him.

Please know that we're all here for you.

The Horde and their momma said...

Our hearts hurt for you. We have been in the same position you are, and we know how difficult a time this is. Cherish every moment with sweet Thunder. Prayers and soft woos to all of you.

Prancer Pie said...

Our hearts are breaking with you. Keeping all of you in our prayers and close to our hearts.

chicamom85 said...

My heart aches for all of you. I hope you can find peace. We love you Thunder.

Anne and Sasha

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

My heart breaks for you Kathie, I think of Thunder many times every day. I'm sure it is wonderful to him to be surrounded by his pack and his family and receiving so much love and attention. You are in our prayers.
Hugs, Lynne x

Milo Robinson said...

You are in our thoughts, i'm so sorry to hear about Thunder, i hope you're okay, i bet he's loving all the treats and attention! And he can feel all the love coming from his pack, you and all of us here on blogville<3
Loads of love Milo :)<3

The Florida Furkids said...

We've all got leaky eyes here. We're so sorry that Thunder is doing so poorly. Each and every minute is a gift and we know you will be cherishing the time you have together. Please give Thunder a hug and a kiss for us and tell him we love him.

The Florida Furkids

Thor and Jack said...

We're thinking of Thunder and you all every day.

Love
Thor and Jack

Mollie said...

All of Blogville are feeling your pain and tears are rolling too.. It is so hard to know what to say, it's just so unfair, we just want you to know, we are sending all our love to you xx00xxx

Mollie and Alfie

Marg said...

Oh Kathi, we are so so sorry and know that all of you will miss that Thunder boy. Just know that he had one wonderful life with you and that you did your very best for him. Tears are just streaming down the Person's face.But we are there with you with all the support we can give.

sharkgila said...

Sending our love and lots of hugs to all of you through this is difficult time. Hugs hugs hugs.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We wishes we could do more Thunder. IF love could make you well you would be all better. It is nice to see your family showing their love. The cats are continuing their healing purrs and we are keeping your family in our hearts.

Sweepy said...

Woof, I am sending you both my healing lights. Keeper is sobbing.

easyweimaraner said...

My tears are rolling too - I know it is so sad&hard. I will send all my best wishes and all my hope for a miracle to you Thunder and your woo-family.

Ginger Jasper said...

My tears are flowing too. Too young and so unfair. I know you will do what is best for your boy and I know it wont be easy. You have my love and my thoughts and my prayers. Hope they help a little.. Hugs GJ and carol x

Pippa Sheltie said...

Praying for you thunder. Your condition sounds horrible, but I bet all this love will make it all good soon! Just you wait! In the meantime, take care.
Have a good week,
Pippa :)

Elyse and Riley said...

So sorry to read this, Kathie. (Just got caught up on your last 3 posts). So sad. We hope you all can enjoy some quality time together in this last phase of his life.

Elyse and Riley

PS--Now I feel horrible about posting about Highway going OTRB!!

GizmoGeodog said...

So very sad to read this...Sending you and Thunder healing prayers

Nanina dOnofrio said...

I found out Thunder was so ill through Molly the Wally and Mollie & Alfie. I'm so sorry. Sending love and prayers from one longtime dog lover to another.
Courage!
Nanina & Poppy

Casey said...

It's amazing how things like this can just sneak up on us and change our whole perspective. Hugs to you and Thunder.

Ruby and Penny said...

They say that dogs live in the moment. So enjoy the moments you have left with your boy. Spoil him.

Love & hugs to you all.

Love Ruby, Penny & Joyelle.

theprincesstails said...

We are so sorry about Thunder and the pain that you are all experiencing.
We are sending our love and strength to you at this time and know that Thunder is surrounded by the only ones he cares about and also by a lot of love.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

There are no words. Just love him the best you can. Sending love and light!

Katz Tales said...

Oh no! We just dropped by to say hello. Poor Thunder! We're purring for you all. Target, Guido and Ellen

Khady Lynn said...

Many tears coming from here. My heart is just breaking for you. I know all too well your pain. I just wish I had some words of wisdom for you. It's so hard to know there is nothing we can do except give them all the love and attention they deserve.

Kiss him, hug him, tell him how much you love him. He knows already, but it never hurts to remind him just how MUCH he means to you!

Lots of hugs to you.

onespoiledcat said...

Dear Thunder and Family....we're sorry to say we've not met you before but in this wonderful world of blogville with all the animals who have become friends we feel like we KNOW you. Mollie and Alfie told us about you, Thunder, and we wanted to stop by to send you special hugs and love from our animal house to yours....we know your family is taking the best care of you - and we'll be saying purrayers for you every minute of every day.

With love, Sammy and his Mom Pam

Terri said...

We had hoped Thunder would have more quality time for all to enjoy. Purrs and hugs to all of you.

Margaret said...

Thunder, you have the nicest blue eyes I have ever seen.
Hugs,
Cat Mandu

ra husky said...

Dear Thunder, we stopped by again this morning to wish you well, we've been thinking of woo a lot, #1 is a bit weepy, he keeps hugging me and saying how much he thinks I look like you.
To Thunders peeps- please know that all our thoughts and prayers are centered on you & Thunder,

-all of us

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We wish tears could wash this away from Thunder and your family. The WDA, too, is filled with sorrow and tears. Your decision will not be easy but we pray you know that you give the greatest most loving gift you can give to your handsome boy. We know Thunder will be allowed dignity and be surrounded by love. Please feel so many paws and arms wrapping you in understanding and love.

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

We are in shock to read about Thunder! We haven't been here in a while and we just found out. We are keeping him and your family in our thoughts.
Big hugs to Thunder!

YD & June