8.12.2015

August 12, 2015

White Dog started a low keen, "WHY?????" The others rushed into the office, saw what had happened and charged ahead of Steve to wake me with te awful news.

It is with tears and a broken heart that I write to share that our Gentle Storm crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning, held in Steve's arms.

She was doing so well. Her stool was finally solid, her colitis under control. We were making great progress in fighting the clostridium and her discoidal lupus had not reemerged since the nose wound she had when she first arrived.

Our precious littlest girl was at an ideal weight and her diet had turned her coat into silky smoothness.
Storm loved to be brushed and would lie snuggled in my arms to be groomed, cuddled, and to receive her meds. Once a timid, frightened mill dog, she turned out to be quite the love bug. And attitude! She had it and bossed YoYoMa around, made her little bark heard and was one of the first to charge to the door, tail wagging, to greet Steve when he came home from work.

Last night she picked all the "good stuff" from her meal, and shared treats but retired right after Steve got home from teaching at 11:30pm. There was a bit of blood in her stool, not horribly unusual for a dog with her issues, but we noted and planned to take her to see the vet iff the issue continued in the morning. She showed no signs of distress or serious medical problems.

This morning, Steve (an early riser) went to the office and was greeted by Storm. She was panting and he thought she might need water. When she did not drink from the bowl, he got her pipette to offer small squirts.

He never got the chance. Once in Steve's arms, Storm drew a deep breath and passed. We are devastated and in shock. We are having blood and fecal tests run to see if we can determine the cause of death.

Now our Gentle Tiny Girl runs with the White Dog Army over the Bridge, whole, healthy, and filled with vigor with the knowledge that she is loved and will be remembered...Always.

33 comments:

24 Paws of Love said...

So sorry to hear about Storms's sudden passing.

I'm not sure what else to say except that she died in loving arms and a house full of love.

Thank you for giving her everything she needed to be at peace.

24 Paws crossed for you and the WDA.

Random Felines said...

she knew great love....and sometimes that is just enough to allow them to let go. we are very very sorry and sending purrs....but heartened knowing that she spent her final days with all of you

NanĂ¼k said...

Sad news indeed. So very hard to let go. Please accept our sincerest love and respect. Little Storm passed enveloped in love, that, we think, is pretty awesome, peace,

NukNuk & Family

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh I am so very sorry to hear of Storm's passing...Storm was so lucky to have you, Steve, and the WDA to give her so much love and get her healthy...waiting to be held in the arms of Hu-Dad for a safe journey was Storm's sign that you were so loved. We are sending over soft FiveSibes woos and gentle hugs to you all. Run free, healthy, and with love, sweet Storm. You have many family and friends there waiting to welcome you. <3

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Oh, we are so sorry, but she left you in the arms of love. She was one very lucky girl to spend her remaining days with the WDA where she was so lovingly cared for. Soft woos and gentle hugs from us.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are so sorry too.. Its so very sad.
I know that Storm felt your love deep in her heart.
We are so sorry
love
tweedles

Brian said...

I know we visited you on Facbook but we wanted to stop by and drop off some extra hugs. Our hearts are still heavy with that sad news. You are such a wonderful and loving family and we know Storm felt the love each and every day.

rottrover said...

Wrapping you all in rottie love.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Sue and Steve, I'm so sorry. Sudden losses are the hardest because we just never have the proper chance to say goodbye. I know Storm was comforted just being in her Daddy's arms. Run young and free again, beautiful girl.

Anonymous said...

Dear WDA,

This news breaks my heart. I am so sorry for your sudden loss of Sweet Storm, gone much too soon. It is never easy to lose our beloved fur-babies but so much harder when it is unexpected. At least she did not suffer. And how wonderful that she waited until she could say good-bye to at least one of you, and have her final breath in the arms of one who loved her and cared for her. That is a loving way to go. You were blessed by her presence, and she by yours. She has joined the Angel WDA over the Rainbow Bridge.

You have my deepest heartfelt sympathy. Hugs to you all.

K and Angel Suka

Jeanne Pursell said...

Dear Sue...stopping by here to give you a few more words of encouragement tonight. It is so very difficult to lose one of our furkids...but to lose them suddenly is even more of a shock. Blessings to you...and hope you will find some comfort in your memories. xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Old Kitty said...

So sorry to hear about your loss of sweet angel Storm. Sending you many gentle purrs and hugs
Take care
x

Sherri Painter said...

Oh Sue and Steve, I am so very sorry. You all do such a wonderful job with all the love you give these beautiful souls. I know that it hurts so much. She is running free through the green grass of the Rainbow Bridge. Bless you for all you do and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Sherri and the Pack

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

We are so very sorry to hear of your sweet girl's passing. She is at peace now and her last moments in her Daddy's arms is so comforting to know. You all are in Mommy's prayers.

God Bless.......Mommy's Girls and Mommy Sarah

The Church Cat Family said...

Just heard the sad news and we wanted to send comfort and our condolences. So sorry. x

Julie, the kitties and doggie Angel Trapper

meowmeowmans said...

Even though we commented on Facebook, we wanted to stop by here, too, just to let you know that we love you, and that we are so very sorry that Storm had to journey to the Bridge so soon. Thank you for loving her so much, and so very well. Hugs, purrs and prayers to you, sweet WDA friends.

Hannah and Lucy said...


We just read this in the CB and although we didn't know Storm felt we needed to say how sorry we feel about her having to go to the Bridge too soon. Our thoughts are with you.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I am so, so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Sudden passings are the worse. Sending gentle purrs of comfort and love.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Storm was beautiful.

Idaho PugRanch said...

We are so sorry to hear about your sudden loss of Storm.
sending lots of pug hugs and prayers
Mr Bailey, Hazel, Mabel & Mom

da tabbies o trout towne said...

We wanted to stop by and offer our sincerest sympathies. What a beautiful girl Storm is; and always will be. We are truly sorry ♥♥♥♥♥

boomer, dai$y, tuna; and dude & sauce too ~~~~~~~

TK and Pip said...

We are sad to hear of Storm's crossing. She was so lucky to have found you from the place that she started.
To the whole White Dog Army, you have my prayers of comfort. I know you will take care of each other in your time of grief.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Storm's going to the Rainbow Bridge, but so happy she got to experience a loving family before she had to go. Purrs of Sympathy and paws of comfort to all of you.

NanaNor's said...

So very sorry to hear of Storm's sudden passing; she had so much love and a good life with all of you. She would say Thank you if she could. She is now running free and not having any health issues. Hoping your heart heals.
Hugs, Noreen

Timmy Tomcat said...

We are sending purrs and prayers of support to all at the passing of Storm. We know she is getting instructions on her new wings from the family Angels and will soon be flying free with energy and vitality. Watch over us dear Storm until that day we all meet again in the land of endless warm sun, trees with shade, our favorite treats and everlasting love.
Timmy, Dad and Family

CatInTheFridge said...

We heard about the loss of your dear little one and are sending healing purrs of comfort. - Alana and Crepes.

stellaroselong said...

We are so sorry to hear this, she indeed was a beautiful little girl. I know she has left a deep footprint in your heart.
Prayers and Hugs....stella rose and momma

Jans Funny Farm said...

We are so sorry you have lost another member of the White Dog Army - and so unexpectedly. We know the pain goes deep. A warm hug, purrs and gentle paw taps of comfort. :(

Harvey, Miranda and Silver said...

Oh what a lovely girl. We are so sorry you lost her after all your loving care.

Fly free brave spirit. You did not pass alone - you were cared for and loved.

Marjorie

Noodles said...

We at Casa de Noodles are sad to hear of Gentle Storm crossing the Rainbow Bridge. We are sending you some powerful pug hugs to comfort you at this time.
Love Noodles

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

sometimes there is no reason as to why heaven needs another angel - we are so sorry but know she has many wonderful friends waiting over the bridge

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

We send our love at this difficult time. Hailey, Zaphod and their Lady

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

We're coming over from the POTP blog to let you know how very sorry I am about your loss of your most beautiful girl. I hope you find comfort in your memories and in knowing that so many, like me are sharing her loss with you.