Below is what I wrote about Haida after she went to be at the rainbow bridge ... It's been a year since her passing ... I still miss her and I know the others do too. Bear came into our lives shortly thereafter not to replace her but rather to become a new member of our family. I will never forget you Haida!
This is a tribute from Angel, Teddy and me ... I know Haida comes around every now and again and she is most welcome!
On June 3, 2009 Haida my GSD was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and on July 11, 2009 she went to the "Rainbow Bridge." I am sure my mom and dad were there to meet her along with some of my other canine friends before her. It was a very difficult time for me and Angel, mySheltie who was by her side continuously. Haida will be sorely missed.
I must share a little story with you which happened the morning she died. I was in the process of letting the dogs out when I noticed a little baby black bird sitting on the deck. I told the dogs to stay while I attempted to get the bird to fly off the deck. He flew away when I banged on the screen door. I let the dogs out and then took Haida to the vet. I had to help her into the truck and I opened the back window of the extended cab so she could look out. she loved the wind blowing in her face. Of course I am crying as I am driving to the vet's office knowing full well that she would not be returning with me. I have been through this before and believe me it does not get easier, not for a moment. I knew Haida's quality of life was slipping away and replaced by pain. She no longer was able to do the things she loved and was used to doing. I felt it was in her best interest to let her go with dignity.
I stayed with her during the procedure. I just couldn't leave her by herself after all she was such a good dog and deserved having me there with her until the end. I am crying even as I am writing this today. Those of you reading this that have had similar experiences with your pet understand how tough it is to let them go given that they have been a part of your family for such a long time.
When I returned home I let the dogs out again and I noticed on the deck a long stem yellow flower that had pushed it's way through the crack of the deck broads and made its way to the place where Haida used to like to lay down. You see there is nothing underneath the deck. This has never happened before nor since. This long little flower is Haida's sign to me that she is alright now and pain free.
I know that Haida is still around here looking out for the others.
I am ready now to start a new chapter ... and I do have some more news which I will post soon.