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Til we meet again my sweet boy!

Winston
September 15th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Winston to his last difficult breath just a short while ago. While I am sad and heart broken I can tell you he went rather peacefully. He went to the bridge with visions of his Mom & Dad holding him and showering him with kisses! It gives me some peace to know the suffering has ended but now the hard part is moving forward.

I took this picture of Winston on Sunday and it is a good memory for me! I thought I would share it with you all and this poem that seemed so appropriate.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers and kindness as I am sure they helped my boy on his journey.

Your free of pain now my sweet boy!

:rip::angel2:


The Last Battle


If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we three --all these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

hazelrunpack
September 15th, 2011, 03:16 PM
:cry:

Sweet Winston, playing at the Bridge :candle:

:2huggers:

sugarcatmom
September 15th, 2011, 03:21 PM
:candle:

What a lovely picture and tribute of Winston. I'm so sorry for the pain you must be going through. :grouphug:

diandpat
September 15th, 2011, 03:32 PM
:cry::cry::cry: I am so so sorry for your loss

RIP sweet Winston, finally young whole and healthy again running on the beach at the Bridge.

:grouphug: to your whole family...strength and comfort to you all in the coming days and weeks (and months!)

Melinda
September 15th, 2011, 04:07 PM
run pain free over the bridge Winston, till you all meet again, what a lovely fitting picture you've posted, my heart breaks for all of you. *huge huge comforting hugs*

CsqU4r3d
September 15th, 2011, 04:12 PM
What a lovely tribute to your sweet boy Winston...wishing you peace and comfort in the days to come....as difficult as they will be, you can rest assured you did the very best for your boy right thru to the end..:cry::cry::angel2::grouphug::pawprint:

Love4himies
September 15th, 2011, 04:32 PM
Beautiful tribute, Winston :cry:

:rip: Winston :candle: I know you loved your life having such a loving family. You are now pain free playing with Bomber. :angel2: :angel2:

Love4himies
September 15th, 2011, 04:40 PM
Aslan would like to pass on her deepest condolences and a huge :grouphug:, Winston.

Winston
September 15th, 2011, 04:41 PM
Thank you so much L4H and thank Aslan too please.

I am not sure what I would be like without the support! :grouphug:

Dog Dancer
September 15th, 2011, 04:49 PM
Good thing I'm alone at work as I am, again, at my desk in tears. Cindy and family my deepest sympathy to you all. :grouphug: I love the picture and I love the poem. It's fitting and Winston would approve. Winston you are whole again and playing with your buddy Bomber tonight. Be free and young until your family reunites. :angel2:

Sylvie
September 15th, 2011, 05:15 PM
:rip::candle: My handsome boy.

:grouphug::grouphug: to you and hubby


MMM, also wanted me to pass on that her thoughts are with you.

14+kitties
September 15th, 2011, 05:18 PM
:candle::rip: Winston :candle:
I, along with Chris, Rainbow, and many others who can no longer pass along their condolences "in person" would like you to know how sad we are at Winston's passing. He was a wonderful dog. Rest in peace big boy. Find a big bone and a great shade tree and have at it.

dashn'us
September 15th, 2011, 05:20 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about Winston :( He was a beautiful dog and I can tell how much you loved him. He'll always live on in your heart and I'm sure you'll meet again someday. Lots of hugs.

dmc123
September 15th, 2011, 05:38 PM
Just wanted to say - I am so sorry - I know how you hurt.

Diane

Tommysmom
September 15th, 2011, 06:50 PM
I keep typing words and can't find the right ones. I'm just so sorry for your loss and I have no words to help you feel better, just good thoughts and hugs.

Winston
September 15th, 2011, 06:56 PM
DD I am so sorry to upset you at work. That is so hard.

14+ You will never know how much your message means to me. :thumbs up Please thank everyone for me would you?

I will cherish all of the kind words from everyone in my heart forever!!

Sylvie, DMC123, Dash n Us, Tommysmom thank you so much!

Sylvie Winston loved you and DH so much!! all I had to do was say DH's name and Winston would look for him!!! thank you for being my rock!

I just wanted to add something....

No matter what our differences are I am so happy that we ALL can put them aside for the sake of our pets. We all understand the immense pain it brings to us when these things happen and it is nice to see us all stand together!

Although my heart is heavy tonight I feel it was right and in a strange way I feel a little bit of peace.

doggy lover
September 15th, 2011, 07:57 PM
So sorry to hear about Winston. i don't know what to say, its the hardest thing we have to do for our pets, but is the best choice for them when they are suffering. Run free Winston and play in the water at rainbow bridge with all our pets that have passed before you.:rip::dog::pawprint::pawprint: 's left on our hearts.. :grouphug:to you and your hubby...

dbg10
September 15th, 2011, 08:31 PM
My heart grieves for you tonight, Winston is running painfree and at peace knowing you will one day join him :candle: :pray: :rip:

Dee-O-Gee
September 15th, 2011, 08:37 PM
No matter what our differences are I am so happy that we ALL can put them aside for the sake of our pets. We all understand the immense pain it brings to us when these things happen and it is nice to see us all stand together!

Although my heart is heavy tonight I feel it was right and in a strange way I feel a little bit of peace.

:grouphug:

This saddens me to read but happy to see just how people set aside differences for the love of our pets. You couldn't of put it any better Cindy. :thumbs up

My heart goes out to you and your family. Winston is running free to the bridge and romping with all beloved Pet members.

:candle: Sweet Winston :candle:

otter
September 15th, 2011, 08:56 PM
:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug::grouphug::grouphug: :grouphug::grouphug:
(I can't remember how many hugs I can give... but I want to give you them all!)

Farewell beautiful Winston :rip:

Run free and say Hi to all our friends at the bridge
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSTPsYBzv9QFQ4IFdRH9URyhjGDBxlOA UZkSypINd6wknWcea-g

TeriM
September 15th, 2011, 09:21 PM
I am also weeping as I read this. Winston was very loved and that picture is a wonderful last memory to hold close to your heart.

I hope you find much comfort in wonderful memories of your time together :grouphug:.

DMCWLVSSR
September 15th, 2011, 10:23 PM
:candle: Giant Hugs, my heart goes out to you and may the handsome boy rest in peace! :rip::angel2: Your poem is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your life with Winston with us.

binkybuff
September 15th, 2011, 10:25 PM
Winston :rip:

I am so sorry to hear of his passing, tears are running down my face as I read your words. It is so hard to say goodbye, even when we know we have to let go.

There will be a noisey welcome at the Rainbow bridge for most of us.

take care
binky and 2 kitties

Myka
September 15th, 2011, 10:27 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Winston's mom. You did a good job. Thank you for sharing his life with all of us.

:pawprint::candle::pawprint:

pattymac
September 15th, 2011, 10:34 PM
So, so sorry to hear. Your poem is very fitting and that is a beautiful picture of Winston. My first dog Meesha will certainly be there to play with him!! They can swim together, she loved water too!

Rgeurts
September 15th, 2011, 10:52 PM
I am so very sorry :cry: :(
You gave Winston a beautiful life. That was a wonderful poem and the picture; very fitting. Thank you for sharing all that you have with us. Winston was loved by many here. :grouphug: :grouphug:

:rip: sweet boy :candle: :pawprint:

growler~GateKeeper
September 16th, 2011, 12:35 AM
:rip: sweet :angel2: Winston :candle: He is playing at the Rainbow Bridge (http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html) with those who've gone before :candle: :grouphug:

luckypenny
September 16th, 2011, 02:37 AM
:( You know Winston has a real special place reserved in my heart, Cindy. I'm so very sorry. My love to you and dh and to those who knew and loved Winston :grouphug:.

RIP Momma's Boy :candle:

Marty11
September 16th, 2011, 07:36 AM
I'm so sorry about your loss, Winston will live on in your heart forever......"Rest in Peace" handsome boy.:candle:

mikischo
September 16th, 2011, 11:16 AM
My condolences to you and DH on the loss of your beautiful boy.:grouphug:

Winston left this world knowing he was very much loved and is now free of pain.

:candle: Run free, sweet :angel2: Winston :dog: :candle:

Mirela
September 16th, 2011, 11:20 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Words fail me but I just wanted to offer hug and a thought of encouragement for you through this difficult time.

Winston
September 16th, 2011, 02:02 PM
I just want to thank you all for supporting me! To those that sent messages through other members here... "thank you!" We will take it one day at a time right now and hopefully the tears will flow a little less and the memories will shine. Thats what I am praying for!

Today our home feels very different and eerily quiet.

Sylvie :grouphug: and thank you for being such a special friend. You have taught me alot and suffered many more losses than I could ever imagine. You knew exactly what to say and you and DH support has meant alot! and besides Winston loved your DH!!!!! all I had to do was say his name and he would look at the door as if he was looking for your hubby! he loved you both! :grouphug:

Magicwildwolf69
September 16th, 2011, 06:40 PM
So so sorry to hear of your loss Winston. :cry: He left the world knowing how much you loved you and daddy loved him. My heart breaks for you. i know how hard it is. many many :grouphug::grouphug: to you. you are in my thoughts.

Koteburo
September 17th, 2011, 05:29 AM
I'm sincerely sorry to hear this.
The thought of how you must be feeling and of Winston leaving moves me deeply.
Be strong and like you said he's no longer in pain and was loved until the end surrounded by familiar faces.

R.I.P. Doggy angel :candle::angel:

Tundra_Queen
September 19th, 2011, 01:42 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Winston's passing. :grouphug:

BenMax
September 19th, 2011, 07:27 AM
RIP dear Winston. Run carefree and wild dear one. :rip:

My sincere condolences to everyone. May you find peace and strength.:grouphug:

Winston
September 19th, 2011, 08:03 AM
Thank you! We are missing our boy very much. The house was very very quiet this weekend.

Til we meet again my swwet angel! :angel2:

ScottieDog
September 19th, 2011, 11:46 AM
Been thinking of you. I know these next few weeks are very, very hard. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. :grouphug:

Be at peace sweet Winston. :candle:

Goldfields
September 19th, 2011, 06:35 PM
Just trying to mop up my tears for Winston before my husband walks in and wonders whose dog I'm crying over now. So very sorry to hear this news, R.I.P. poor old boy. You gave him a wonderful life and it's a lucky dog whose owners are with them to the end. Big hugs .

Winston
September 20th, 2011, 02:45 PM
Thank you Scottie Dog and Goldfields! I so appreciate your kind words.

We had our boy cremated and a special paw print made so I am looking forward to having him home. Sounds weird I know but its how I feel..should be this week sometime.

Thank you again!

Winston
September 20th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Oh boy I just had a good cry and a good laugh all at once! :cry: I was going through some photos and found this one! :thumbs up my sweetheart! he was such a good boy!

mikischo
September 20th, 2011, 04:25 PM
What an adorable pic of sweet Winston.:cloud9:

Sending more :grouphug::grouphug::grouphug: your way, Cindy. I know how hard it is.

chico2
September 20th, 2011, 04:35 PM
Winston,I am so very sorry,I did not know Winston had passed:cry:
The picture of beautiful Winston walking away brought me to tears,but what a wonderful tribute to him.
Take care my friend,once again,I am so very sorry,I did not know you had said good-bye to your boy.:grouphug:

Dog Dancer
September 20th, 2011, 04:43 PM
Cindy, what a sweet picture, how appropriate that Winston is covered in love! I understand you looking forward to having him home again. I will be doing the same when Shadow's time comes.

chico2
September 20th, 2011, 04:48 PM
Cindy,it is strange,but when I brought Rocky home,I felt like everything was ok,he was home again....I talk to him and kiss him goodnight every night.
I am sure you will feel it too with Winston..

Winston
September 20th, 2011, 05:04 PM
Chico I do and will with Winston just like Bomber. I talk to him every day usually in the morning when his sister is crying for food :D and I did feel some comfort having him home too! Now Winston can keep him company!

Thank you for your kind words Chico...I know you know too well how I feel...

Winston
September 20th, 2011, 05:06 PM
Chico I do like the photo too but in some ways I dont??

I put it on the computer and DH told me to take it off....as it hurt too much to see him walking away...:(

Love4himies
September 20th, 2011, 05:49 PM
Awww, Winston, that is a precious pic of Winston. What a wonderful soul he was :grouphug:

Good cries do you good, gets out a lot of stress :grouphug:

mastifflover
September 23rd, 2011, 11:17 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. Winston is now playing and pain free and I know you would only want him to be free of pain. He is still with you and always will be. Hugs from me and Clark.

Winston
September 23rd, 2011, 03:10 PM
Thank you Mastifflover.......please give Clark a smooch for me!

Winston
September 23rd, 2011, 03:13 PM
Again Thank you to everyone!

I brought Winston's remains home today although very sad I do feel better that he is back at home...I know it might sound weird

RIP my sweet boy! :candle:

hazelrunpack
September 23rd, 2011, 03:58 PM
I always felt somehow more complete once the remains were home, too, Cindy :grouphug: Glad he's home! You guys doing okay?

chico2
September 23rd, 2011, 04:57 PM
Winston,I am glad he's back home,where he belongs:grouphug:

pbpatti
September 23rd, 2011, 05:29 PM
Cindy, I am sorry I have not replied earlier but it has been really hard reading about Winston's last days and his so so sad passing. Please know that I have been thinking of you and your family during this sad time. I dread the day when I will have to say goodbye to Sasha or Buddy. patti

Goldfields
September 23rd, 2011, 07:53 PM
Chico I do like the photo too but in some ways I dont??

I put it on the computer and DH told me to take it off....as it hurt too much to see him walking away...:(

I know how he feels, Winston. With one of my dogs I was so upset I couldn't go near his grave till the grass grew back, and when we lost Tammy I couldn't bear to look at any of her photo's for a while. Same goes for Sugar. Just my way of coping I suppose. :grouphug: for your husband. Lovely that he cares that much.

Sylvie
September 23rd, 2011, 08:13 PM
I am so glad Winston is back where he belongs.

:rip: Winston

Winston
September 24th, 2011, 11:06 AM
Sylvie :grouphug::grouphug:

GoldFields DH really had a special bond with Winston. He trained Winston in many of the wonderful tricks he used to do! and Winston was so obediant to DH.

One favorite part of Winston's day was to have Mommy open the front door and lift the screen a little so Winston could lay there waiting for Daddy to come home.....the moment DH would pull in to the driveway Winston would let out this particular bark and run to the other door tail waggin waiting for his Daddy to come in! :angel2:

Pbpatti thank you so much! I am so moved by the friendships we have on this site! In my heart there is one thing that I find very very comforting. My coworkers, family, friends, cyber friends and neighbours were all sending my boy off with prayers around the time he passed...

I am finding it particularly difficult but I know some peace will come at some point. DH and I both have found our routines have changed and our home is different....I just keep telling myself "one day at a time".

Cindy

Chaser
October 2nd, 2011, 01:43 AM
Oh Winston I am so sorry!!!! Both for your incredible loss and for being so out of the loop that I haven't been on until now.

Winston was such a handsome boy...I really adored him.

I hope you and DH are starting to heal. :grouphug:

:rip: sweet Winston

Winston
October 2nd, 2011, 07:34 AM
Thank you Chaser. We are managing day by day right now. There is an incredible whole in our hearts.

I hope the gang is well! I see you have Heidi again and for that I am so glad. I cant forget sweet Rupert...:thumbs up

JanM
October 2nd, 2011, 09:04 AM
The poem and picture are a beautiful tribute to Winston! I am so sorry for your loss - words cannot express how deeply these furbuddies are missed.
:rip:

Winston
October 10th, 2011, 11:13 AM
Thank you JanM and I am sure you understand that loss right now as well...peace mf....:grouphug::grouphug:

marko
October 10th, 2011, 11:36 AM
I'm So So Sorry Cindy :( :sorry:

Please accept my deepest condolences.

:rip: sweet Winston :candle:

Sincerely,

Marko

Masha
October 11th, 2011, 11:08 AM
I'm so so so sorry for your loss :cry:

It was a pleasure meeting Winston - such a beautiful boy

:candle: beautiful Winston

Winston
October 11th, 2011, 12:02 PM
Thank you both very much!

Masha he loved meeting you and Jermy too! those were the good ole days!

I miss my angel! :(:angel2::pawprint:

renegaderuby
October 11th, 2011, 04:30 PM
I'm sorry about winston . I know he's "happy" and waiting for you at the bridge. He KNEW he was loved. And thats the only thing you can ask of yourself. HUGS.