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R.I.P. Katie

This evening I said goodbye to a loving and faithful companion.

The girls and I adopted Katie from a shelter in 1999, when she was just two years old. She'd been turned in by her previous owners because they "didn't have time for her". They'd given her the name "Baby", which made little sense for a 75-pound Shepherd/Lab mix, so in short order we changed her name to Katie. She never blinked - I guess having the same vowel sounds made it an easy fix for her, because she acted like it had always been her name.

She was a wonderfully intelligent dog with a big heart, and she lived a full, long life (over 13-1/2 years). We will all miss her.


Katie, Nov. 1997 - July 2011

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bogwitch64
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh, so sorry, love.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
's okay. I've known it was coming for a solid two months, and I'm at peace with the decision, though still sad.
annemariepace
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I see in your comment below that you knew it was coming. I hope that eased it a little--it did for us--we were able to say goodbye. But it's still very sad, I know.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
When the vet confirmed my belief that the dog wasn't getting sufficient oxygen (purple tongue - it's been that way for a while now), I felt very much reassured that I'd made the right decision.
krysteybelle
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear that. =( Pets are wonderful companions, and I'm glad you had so many years with her.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Krystey.
lorrainemt
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh Kelly, I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to your big-hearted friend. *Hugs*
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. She was a love.
boreal_owl
Jul. 22nd, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry, Kelly. Hugs.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Barb.
reginaclarejane
Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
aw, what a sweet girl... i'm sorry, kelly.
*hugs*
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
She was a sweet girl. Thank you.
jbknowles
Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
What a good dog. I'm glad you all found each other.

*sends love*

xoxo
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jo.
cynthialord
Jul. 22nd, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Kelly. xo
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Cindy.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 22nd, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
tanita says:
Aaargh. So many endings all at once.
Even when one has prepared oneself, it's hard, but knowing that your beautiful pup isn't hurting anymore I hope makes it a little easier. So sorry, lovey.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says:
To quote Linkin Park: "The hardest part of ending is starting again." And I feel like that's already happening, so I'm good. Thanks, though, dear T.
jongibbs
Jul. 22nd, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jon.
ex_kmessner
Jul. 22nd, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
She has such soulful eyes in that picture. Hugs, Kelly...
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
She was a sweet girl. Thank you, Kate.
jeannineatkins
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
So so sorry. Wonderful for the long, rich life, but goodbyes are so hard. xo
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
You're very right, Jeannine. And thank you.
lexlingua
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
I can't really imagine how sad you must be right now [as I myself have never owned a pet in my entire life :( ]. Those thirteen years that you had with your dear friend must surely be one of the most beautiful ones of your life.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
She was a sweet girl. I am glad that euthanasia is an option, I must say - it prevented her from a far more painful ending. And thank you.
dotificus
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh NO! I'm sorry. It's so hard, even if you're ready. ((()))
kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Dot. When the doctor confirmed that she wasn't actually getting enough oxygen and was working too hard to breathe, I felt reassured to the point of relief about the decision, and it made it much easier to say goodbye.
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kellyrfineman
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you on all counts.
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