“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

My Gracie couldn’t get up this morning. She has had issues with her back legs, but we managed, she and I, until today when her front legs couldn’t hold her either. I called my friend Claire who came over and we both went to the vets. I had called them so they were expecting us. Two techs came to the car and brought Gracie inside to one of the exam rooms. I knew. Nobody had to tell me. I knew as soon as she couldn’t walk.

I held Gracie and said goodbye. I thanked her. She has been the best dog, the funniest, the most recalcitrant and the most loving. My house is empty without her.

I will not be posting today or tomorrow.

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38 Comments on ““Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.””

  1. Erin Apostolos Says:

    I am so sorry and heartbroken for you, Kat. Your title for this post says it all. We lost Nixie and Fritz within six weeks of each other last year. We knew it was coming, and yet you are never ready for it. I still miss them. Sending lots of hugs from NH. XO

  2. Pat Cogan Sullivan Says:

    Kathy. I am SO very sorry. She was well loved and leaves you countless memories of her wonderful life with you. Take good care.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Pat.

      She was the funniest boxer. When she was young, she jumped the six foot fence in my yard. She’d sneak behind people and get out the front door and would play keep away with me; however, she always got caught by any one other than me as she’d go over and say hello!

  3. sprite Says:

    Kat, I’m so sorry. I hope the memories of better days help you through these dark ones. Please give Maddie a pat for me and know I’m sending you hugs, too.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, sprite

      I have the best memories of Gracie. She was the funniest and the most stubborn of any of my dogs. She loved life!!

      I wonder how poor Maddie will deal with this. She lost her companion, Fern, a year ago and now Gracie, but Maddie is an old girl and had probably learned over time to deal with a loss.Besides, now she has my full attention.

  4. splendidone Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of her passing Kat. I have grown fond of her through your stories, and I will miss her. Sending you comfort hugs through the fog.

  5. Hedley Says:

    Your KTCC Family is with you Kat xoxoxoxo

  6. olof1 Says:

    I’m so sorry.
    They just live for too short time and time just flies by.


  7. Birgit Says:

    I’m so sorry. Gracie had a good life but it’s never easy to say farewell. Take all the time you need.
    I’m glad your friend could help you and I’m sure they will be there for you when your house is just too empty. As always your KTCC clan will also love Gracie stories whenever you want to write about her.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit,
      I loved spoiling Gracie. Even when she talked back to me, and she did often, I had to hide my laughter or she wouldn’t have thought I was serious. She loved playing fetch in the yard and even down the hall.That baby was one of kind, andI am so grateful for having had her.

  8. BG Says:

    So sorry to hear, Kat. I’ve been following you for many years and I know Gracie has been a part of your life for a long time. I always felt that the warm and loving descriptions of her that you expressed in your writing made me feel almost as if I knew her, and I’d be willing to bet most of your friends/readers had the same reaction. She’ll be remembered by many.

    • katry Says:

      I was retired the whole time I had Gracie so I was lucky to spend so much time with her. We became part of each other. I loved writing about her. She was so many things including being feisty and sassy. That made me laugh. She complained if forced to do something she didn’t want to. I listened to her backtalk then when she was done, she do what I asked.I was always entertained by that.

  9. im6 Says:

    Lest the Coffee people who aren’t on Facebook think I’m heartless, I suppose I should chime in here also with the sentiments I expressed first thing this morning: Gracie couldn’t have asked for a better mom.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you so much. The converse is also true: I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. She was a pip that one.

  10. lilydark Says:

    Dear Kat,
    We are waving in sorrow. Always be here for you.
    The Crew

  11. Caryn Says:

    Oh, Kat. I’m so sorry. May memories of all the good years with Gracie fill some of the emptiness in the house.

  12. Denise Says:

    When I saw her picture I knew. I ‘m sorry for your loss. I’ve enjoyed all the adventures with you and your fur family. Denise

    • katry Says:

      I decided Gracie had to be in color.

      Thank you!! I do enjoy sharing about my fur family. Maddie , at 18, is the only one left.

  13. Bob Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s more humane to let our animal companions go to their reward rather than suffer. May she rest in peace.

    • katry Says:

      I made the right decision for Gracie though it was the worse decision for me. We were doing okay with her back legs until the change this morning. No way would I let her suffer.

  14. paul Says:

    I am sorry for your loss.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Paul

      The house is so quiet without Miss Gracie. I keep expecting her to be on the couch. It takes time to be okay.

  15. Rowen Says:

    Thinking of you, my dear.

  16. herbert e rice Says:

    Hi Kat
    Sorry to hear of the loss of Gracie. Animals are such an important part of our lives. As my dogs get into their senior years, I can not imagine not having them in my life.
    Be well.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Herb,
      I also can’t imagine a house without a dog. Gracie was always happy to see me. She wanted to go with me everywhere. I always felt she made me a better person.

  17. Kip Says:

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet is always hard.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Kip
      It is always so very difficult, but what they give us sort of makes up for the short lives. Gracie was amazing.

  18. Jay Bird Says:

    Condolences. Always so sad when a pet dies. I’ve lost a few myself. Dogs are love wrapped in fur.

    • katry Says:

      Many Thanks, Jay

      Gracie was indeed a love. That boxer tail wiggled so much I once thought she could go airborne like a helicopter. She was so good to come home to.

  19. kathrynmhannan Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I don’t comment often but have always enjoyed hearing about Gracie. I hope you & Maddie can comfort each other.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Kathryn. Maddie spends all her time with me in the den. She never did before so I think she is feeling the loss as well. I pat and scratch her and carry on a chat.

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