3.28.2017

March 28, 2017

White Dog held the rest of the White Dog Army at full stay as Steve brought in the freshly bathed and dried body and laid it on the shroud spread on the bedtop. I kissed her head and softly stroked her cheek. "Be at peace Anya," I whispered. "Know you are one of us forever and that you are loved and cherished always. You were a joy and a blessing." With that, Steve took off Anya's collar and tags and we wrapped her in the blanket.

The White Dogs each came forward to sniff and say their messages of Godspeed; all then followed us as we carried her to the van for her final ride.

Anya did not make it through the night. She suffered a massive hemorrhage and was gone. I held her right before bedtime. She and I spoke our last thoughts to each other and I knew then that the morning would dawn without color or song.And sure enough, it was raining.

We are this day, together trying to understand that which can not really be understood and trying to figure out how to turn our feelings of grief into a celebration of our spunky little girl with so many challenges who calmly walked into our hearts and changed us.

Always, Anya Marie Sehi-Smith, Curious White Dog (CWD) and peace. We know you have been met by your angel siblings of the heavenly White Dog Army waiting with fresh salmon and welcomes. 

37 comments:

Random Felines said...

we are so very very sorry.....mom is off looking for a tissue. Adopting these senior dogs - knowing their time may be short - is such a wonderful blessing and gift to those that may otherwise go unloved. YOU ALL are remarkable for doing what you do with no thought to future heartbreak.... Safe Journey Anya - you were well loved. PURRS

Team Beaglebratz with Lady Shasta said...

To some it may not seem like it but we dog people know - you did so much for sweet Anya just by bringing her into your home. You gave her the love,comfort and a home. You gave her the attention she so deserved. And she knew what she had - that's why she fought to stay with you two and the WDA. Sometimes though the body wins and cannot go on anymore on this earth.

Dear Anya - you were loved on earth and you are going to be loved again over the Rainbow Bridge where my sweet Shiloh boy and all the other furangels awaited your arrival with great anticipation. You will be missed here on earth.
Mom Kim and Lady Shasta

Brian said...

Thank you for giving dear Anya the love and care she so deservd. We are so very sorry she had to leave so soon, but she did so with a heart filled with love. Hugs from all of us.

NanĂ¼k said...

Godspeed puppy! Till we meet, we remain your friend,

Nuk, Timber and Isis

Jans Funny Farm said...

Anya was with you such a short time, but such a loving environment for her final days. A warm hug!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

We are so sorry that you lost your beloved Anya.

Gentle Woofs, Soft Neighs and Comforting Purrs,
Tommy, Vidock, Violette, Tama, Sei, Bibi and Genji of The Poupounette

Tracy said...

We are sorry for your loss of sweet Anya. Im glad she knew love and family before she flew away! ������❤

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

She's probably exploring with Angel Tubey -

Here's to many more adventures North of The Rainbow Bridge -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Lovable Lily said...

Thank you for loving such a special girl. Run free at the glorious Bridge dear one.

Hugs,
Lily Belle and Muffin

Ann Adamus said...

So very sorry to read this, may your beautiful girl be at peace. Bless you for your loving care.

The Florida Furkids said...

Whenever an Eskie leaves, a light goes out here on earth. We're so sorry that sweet Anya has gone to the Bridge.

The Florida Furkids

M. K. Clinton said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking such good care of Anya. ❤

Marg said...

We are so sorry about Anya. She was such a lucky girl to have had all the love that she got from you and your family. We feel your pain and send many many hugs.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

We are so terribly sorry for your loss. We are sending you all our love and prayers.

rottrover said...

Run free, beautiful girl... Sending love from our pack to yours.

Marty the Manx said...

Be blessed over the Bridge Anya and watch over the White Dog Army that remains here. So sorry for you all but bless you for opening your hearts and arms for another furbaby that needed your love. Sending you a big hug, gentle woofs and soft purrs from all of us here at Marty the Manx.

Painter Pack said...

Sue and Steve, I am so very sorry. Be at peace knowing that love never dies...it might leave us for a time, but ultimately, we are destined to find it again. Thoughts and prayers for you and the WDA.

Sherri

Daria Veccia said...

Few of us have the strength to do what you do, but then we are not rewarded with the unconditional love, or the knowledge that we've given the greatest five we have to another being- companionship and love. Thank you for making sure this special doggy knew both and that her memories will be those if happy times spent with the ines who chose her to love. Previous indeed. Godspeed little doggy.

LBJ said...

Something a friend wrote for me that I included in a chapter on grief in one of my books. I hope the words bring you comfort. We are so very sorry for this loss. LB Johnson family with Abby the Rescue Lab.

When I was 18, and lost my lifelong companion, Sally - with me since birth, a small black and white cocker mix, my best and sometimes only friend, my soul-mate. She loved me, I believe, more perfectly than I could ever have loved her in my inexperience. When she was 18 she died and I grieved and I cried and I still get tears in my eyes when I think of that sweet little soul who gave me so much. So, no, you never get over it, I do not know anyone who has loved a dog and has said goodbye that gets over it. The pain? As you know, it eases, it becomes sweet memory with time, you still get tears in your eyes, but the smiles and laughter at the remembered fun and antics of your 4-legged Pal returns to you.

My mother is part Iroquois, and although a lifelong Catholic, carried with her some of the mythology handed down in her family. She knew my grief was raw and painful and that only time would help heal the wound in my heart. She said to me ‘Sally walks with you, and with time, she will allow you to feel her there beside you. During the first time of grief, you are blind to her, and that is as it should be, so she will know she is no longer in This World, but now walks in the Spirit World. When you are ready, she will help ease your pain by showing you memories, and helping you laugh again when you are ready to see that she is not lost to you, but always remains a part of you. Your tears will then be tears of joy at your good fortune at having known such a one."

Tweedles -- that's me said...

You filled Anya with love and comforted her with every ounce of love in your own bodys. She felt your love. And I feel that the Universe Angels needed this little Angel to be a part of their circle of love.
We are soo very sorry,,, You and the doctors did everything you could to save this little angel.
love
tweedles

Amber DaWeenie said...

Sweet Anya, you will always be remembered with love. Sue and Steve, take comfort in knowing you gave this little girl some happiness in her last days...happiness she probably never knew in her lifetime. Rest is peace and run pain-free again, little one. My deepest sympathy to your family.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Anya was a beautiful girl.

Kismet said...

I'm a parrot but Anya's passing makes me feel for those oft behind.

Mark Muller said...

I#+m so sorry... and my tears are running for your girl... hugs an potp to you...

Jo's World said...

I don't know if this will come out alright but its my belief that animals give up their lives when they are "ready" and Anya felt loved enough at your home, and in your arms to know it was alright to say good bye to you both and your pup family too. A tribute to the White Dog Army!

Jo and Stella

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

We are so sorry for your temporary loss. May you be reunited in our Heavenly Father's Kingdom of Heaven.

Molly the AireGirl said...

I am so very sorry for you and Steve, Sue. My heart breaks for the both of you and for your pups. Godspeed Anya♥

Julie said...

Sending you lots of luffs and hugs, so sorry for your sad loss
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Madi and Mom said...

Dear Sue, Steve and pups
we are so sorry to read about Anya's passing. What a precious white girl
What have posted about Anya on the POTP blog here:
http://blogvillepotp.blogspot.com
Hugs madi and mom

Amy Boyer said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss of white dog Anya. Please accept my sincere sympathy at this very difficult time.

Idaho PugRanch said...

we are so sorry to hear of the loss of beautiful little Anya. What a blessing that she knew such love and caring as she made her final journey,
hugs and prayers
Mr Bailey, Hazel, Mabel & Mom

C.L.W.STEP said...

So sorry to hear about your dear Anya. Sending lots of POTP to your family!

speedyrabbit said...

So sorry to hear of your loss of such a pretty girl,much love to you all,xx Speedy and Mum

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Godspeed your journey to heaven Anya; we are truly sorry and send hugs to your mom, dad and family ♥♥♥♥♥

meowmeowmans said...

We are so, so sorry that Anya's time with you was so brief. But in that short time, she knew a lifetime's worth of love, tender care and family. Thank you, sweet friends, for loving her so much, and so well. Love to you all, and gentle purrs.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so very sorry about Anya. Although her time with your pack was brief, she knew she was loved. Thank you for caring for her and giving her a family. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy.

3 kats and a kwiltr said...

Late coming to offer our thoughts but we wish all the white dogs peace and lovely memories of Anya.
Snuggles and purrs,
Charles and his mommy, Anna