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“A Sad Day”


Description from Little Round Chick: Today has been a very sad day for me. My dog Merlin had to be put down. His liver was beginning to fail and he had trouble keeping his food down even with medication. Over the week end I decided he had suffered enough and I could not in all good conscience subject him to more. I had him for almost 12 years and he was a true companion animal.

It started raining early this morning and has been gray all day. Very appropriate weather given the circumstances.


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  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Here is a picture of Merlin on his big blue pillow.


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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Merlin. He’s such a beautiful dog. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories of this special family member.

  3. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    I am so sorry about Merlin. It is so hard to lose a pet – as Jeanne said they become a very special and important part of the family.

  4. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    I am so sorry LRC, Merlin was a beautiful dog. It is so hard to lose a pet, they are family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  5. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news, LRC – so sorry for your loss – it truly is a very painful loss when a pet passes. I’m sure you gave him a beautiful life – rejoice in that. All the best.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    I am so sorry LRC. It is such a painful choice to have to make for a beloved pet…I bet Merlin had a wonderful life with you. Thank you for sharing the photo of him..a beautiful dog!
    My prayers are with you.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    So sorry for your loss Lil Round Chick. It is so sad when a pet passes. Read the “Rainbow Bridge” poem it may help.

  8. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    So very sorry about Merlin….I know first-hand how terribly hard that decision is to make…we don’t want to let them go but we don’t want their quality of life to lessen either. I’m sure that Merlin had a wonderful life with you! As Mystic Chick suggested, here is the Rainbow Bridge poem…it’s beautiful!

    Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  9. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    I know too well what you are feeling, LRC. You open yourself up to such joy — but make yourself so vulnerable — when you love a pup. My heart (and my Sophie-girl’s heart) go out to you.


  10. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    I am sorry for your loss.

  11. Chicky ChaCha
    Chicky ChaCha says:

    So sorry for your loss LRC! Sad things around the holidays are so difficult.

  12. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    I am sorry for your loss too LRC. Try to remember all the good things Merlin and you did together. He is not gone as he will always be in your heart.

  13. CAS
    CAS says:

    Hugs … hugs … hugs … I’m so very sorry LRC. :( Some years ago now I had to have my cat Humphrey put to sleep, and I truly know what a hard decision it is to make. You have all my sympathy.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Sorry for your loss of Merlin!!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    LRC, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog :(

    Two years ago I lost my Pomeranian a week before Christmas, his favorite time of year.

    I’m attaching two pictures from his scrapbook because they have some poems that might help you–I know they helped me tremendously.

    (and here’s one I typed out…I think I found most of the poems from

    Heaven’s Doggy-Door

    My best friend closed his eyes last night,
    As his head was in my hand.
    The doctors said he was in pain,
    And it was hard for him to stand.

    The thoughts that scurried through my head,
    As I cradled him in my arms,
    Were of his younger, puppy years,
    And OH…his many charms.

    Today, there was no gentle nudge
    With an intense “I love you gaze,”
    Only a heart that filled with tears
    Remembering our joy filled days.

    But an Angel just appeared to me,
    And he said, “You should cry no more
    God also loves our canine friends,
    He’s installed a doggy-door”!

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  16. Breezy Chick aka Bree
    Breezy Chick aka Bree says:

    Thinking of you and Merlin LRC. So sorry x o

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    It is so sad to loose a family member and our pets are none less than a family member. They have been always faithful and loving. They are never critical and always supporting us through many years of our lives. There always comes a day that we must move on the greater peace and happiness and travel to the other side of heavens doors. It is a comfort to know that eventually we will all be relieved of our earthly pains and gain our angel wings. It is said everytime a bell rings another angel is born. The body no longer remains but the soul remains forever in our hearts and minds.

    This is a rememberance to all who have lost a loved one including our beloved pets.

  18. Natures Precious Gems
    Natures Precious Gems says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. We recently had to do the same thing you did for our Dalmatian, Brooke. She suffered incontinence for years until the medication could no longer help her and she was in the beginning stages of liver and kidney failure. We still have her brother, who in the past few weeks has started having seizures. We aren’t sure if it is just seizures or the alternative, a brain tumor. He will be 13 on Valentines day. We do not have any children, just furr-kids. Cherish the memories!

  19. CC
    CC says:

    LRC, my heart goes out to you. the other Ladies have said it all…Love, companionship and the trust between Us and our pets is a precious gift. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

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    Lady of Beads says:

    Wind to thy wings Merlin. Fly strong without the hindrance of age and pain. Wind to thy wings. The rainbow bridge waits as do you for reunion with those you loved and those who loved you. Wind to thy wings Merlin.

  21. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    LRC, I am so sorry you have lost a beloved friend. They come to us as little fur balls, and cuddle their way into our hearts. We are richer for our pets’ love and acceptance of us, and we can only hope they feel how much we cherish them.

    My sympathies to all of those who have lost a cherished fur friend .

  22. Violet
    Violet says:

    LRC, so sorry to here of the loss of your beloved Merlin…. thoughts and prayers are with you….
    We had to put our beloved Mickey to sleep a couple of years ago…so I can share the pain….
    Thank you Elaine and Lov2Bead for the beautiful poems.
    My heart goes out to you LRC……. Hugs to you .

  23. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thank you all for your care and concern. I’m sure each of you have been faced with this kind of tough decision and like me on more than one occasion. In the last 18 months I’ve had to do it three times, two cats and now my dog. It never gets easier. Like all of you have suggested it is the fun times, goofy behavior and total trust and unquestioning love that in the end makes the situation bearable.

  24. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    I am so sorry to hear that. I wish you love and strength. I know how you are feeling right now… hugs xxx

  25. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    That is very sad. I know how you feel, there will always be those times that will make you miss him very much, even after many years pass!!! A loved one, friend, family member & more, that’s what dogs are!! I give you all the love I can & hope that you remember all the HAPPY times you’ve shared! The heaviness will pass, but, the love goes on……..HUGS!!!

  26. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, dear Nancy!!! My heart is breaking for you right now. I know just how painful this loss is — our precious toy poodle Angel passed right after Christmas almost 6 years ago and I still miss her every day. Merlin was so blessed to have lived such a long life with you — a true testament to the loving care you gave him. I remember the pick you did about him and the chats we had about him — the love was so apparent! That will never leave you. Hold onto the wonderful memories and soon they will help ease the pain you are feeling now. My prayers are with you now, LRC. Blessings to you and sweet Merlin.

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Oh, LRC, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Merlin. We lost our cat Katie just a few months ago, and I still wait for her to appear from under the bed or around a corner on occasion. It does get easier as time passes, as any loss does…your beloved pet will always be in your heart, and his love for you will always exist. Just remember the wonderful life you gave to each other, and in God’s own time you will be reunited with him and all the others you have lost. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and Chicky hughs across the miles.

  28. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of Merlin’s passing. What a sweet heart he was. Having to be the “ultimate” caregiver and loving them enough to let go is awful! You’re in my thoughts.

  29. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    Sorry for your loss! Dogs are such great friends (and children)…never wreck the car…never ask for money…never talk back….just love, love, love you! I’m sorry…..

  30. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog, Merlin. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories to comfort you! :)

  31. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Dear Friends, your wonderful comments about the loss of Merlin makes me realize what a fantastic and supportive group you are. I feel privileged to know all of and to know that the miles between us are insignificant. Blessings on all of you.

  32. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:


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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    LRC, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We raise them and love them, knowing that they will go before us, but it is still painful when that happens. My thoughts are with you. I know Merlin will always be cherished in your heart, and he is bonded to you throughout time and space. I’m sending Chicky hugs your way…

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