Monday, May 16, 2011

Goodbye, Sweet Boys

Today was a very hard day. We had to say goodbye to Spanner and Spridel, our beloved companions for almost 14 years. When we grieve, we remember, so today we are thinking about them. We got out a lot of old pictures, which has brought a lot of laughs and reminiscing.

Tommy and I began dating 18 years ago, but took a three-year "intermission". During a phase where we weren't speaking, we both got dogs (literally within weeks of one another). Tommy rescued Spridel from a woman in Virginia who advertised the puppies but had them flea-ridden and in bad shape. He also bought Spridel's sister. Both dogs came down with Parvo, but we always joked that Spridel was too stubborn to succumb. Tommy trained Spridel, and he was always a great listener. Spridel got his name from the cartoon "Speed Racer", and was nicknamed "Sprinkle" for his tendency to lose control of his bladder when he was a puppy and got excited.


I hadn't planned on getting a dog, but then my friends Catherine and Larry had a pregnant Golden Retriever. I was there when the puppies were born on July 4, 1997. Some time later, the dogs did not all have homes. I became the proud owner of Spanner (aka Star Spangled Banner, aka Sir Spanner of Ashton, aka Spanks), a reddish Golden Retriever. He went to formal puppy school, and never listened nearly as well as Spridel.



Spridel and Spanner became brothers before they were a year old. They were very different dogs, but spent their lives together. Spridel loved his personal space, but was never mean. Spanner thought he was a lap dog and would try to sit all 90+ pounds in my lap on a regular basis. Spridel loved to smell everything (especially as his hearing went). Spanner had breath you avoided smelling at all costs. Spridel had his ear cut by the tooth of another dog while playing. Spanner had belly surgery after eating a tin can.




When we had our children, Spridel and Spanner welcomed the onslaught of crumbs on the floor, and were always very mild-mannered. We will miss our boys terribly, but they gave us so many wonderful years. Their time had come, and they are no longer in pain. I am so thankful that they passed peacefully, and together, after spending so much of their lives together. Rest in Peace, sweet boys.






9 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. It's amazing how much pets become our furry kids.

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  2. A great tribute to great dogs...

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  3. I'm so sad for you and your family- you were so strong this weekend, we are proud of you. Best thoughts, wishes, and prayers to you!

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  4. Kiersten - Sending love your way.

    When our 14 year old buddy Madison had to be put down the vet made a house call since Madison was terrified of visiting the office. He died in our arms on the grass in the back yard. Who knew NYC could provide such a compassionate end. For a year, each night as I traveled home on the subway I would get teary as my train came above ground. That was when I would anticipate walking into the empty house no longer being greeted by that unquestioned love. Dogs are such enduring friends. Unbidden, a psychic approached my sister-in-law to say she saw Julian with a dog - she thought a lab! How does that work? Glad your boys are together. Never doubt it

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  5. I remember losing Ralphy I'd had since I was 6 last year; it took me a couple of days to even feel like functioning again. I feel for you. You and your family are in my thoughs

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  6. What beautiful dogs Kier! My thoughts are with you all! :(

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  7. I am so sorry. I wish we lived near each other so we could hug and cry about our boys. Big hug to you

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