My final hours with Bama: Part 2

Bama and I left Birmingham shortly after 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 3. She was resting comfortably on a rug in the back area of my Explorer. I'd left the car running and air conditioner going full out during the 10 minutes or so it took for me to change clothes and grab a few things for the trip to the Shoals. I talked to Bama almost nonstop during the entire trip. No music, no sounds other than … [Read more...]

My final hours with Bama: Part 1

I woke up around 2 and couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up at 3 a.m. and made coffee. Bama had started to stir a bit. I could tell she was uncomfortable. I sat by her side, talked with her, stroked her head. A few times, she put her head in my lap. Bumble slept nearby. I gave Bama four sedative tablets at 5:30 a.m., August 3. They were hidden in some baked fish, which I made especially for her … [Read more...]

Bama: 1999? – August 3, 2011

Farewell my precious, sweet Bama. Your spirit will always be with me and your footsteps in my path. I know you're busy romping in the snow now, or paddling in the water, so I'll leave  you to play for a while, where it's cool and pleasant. See you soon over the Rainbow Bridge. Say hello to Sparky dog. Related Posts: Saying Farewell to Bama From Kosoma to Bama: Happy Forever Home … [Read more...]

Saying farewell to Bama

It is 5:45 pm, Tuesday, August 2, 2011. My heart is broken. It's the end of the line for my Bama. I thought we were at this point in late February but--on the eve of our vet appointment for euthanasia--she made a miraculous turnaround. This time, it's for certain and it's for real. And it hurts so bad. It doesn't hurt any less knowing it's the right thing, the necessary thing. I will miss … [Read more...]