Dingle Ireland and our Best Friend
You may wonder how Sandy is part of this blog about Ireland but let me explain why. Sandy, our wonderful and sweet lab is part of our family that loves us unconditionally. She sacrificed her comfort of being without us for four weeks while we vacationed without her.
Hurt she did not go, she loved us dearly when we returned home.
Sandy would have loved the beach at
Dingle where she could have romped on
the sandy beaches yet miles away she was at home waiting for us.
We named her Sandy because her first walk as a puppy was on a beach where she played in the sand!
Dingle where the dolphin, Fungi adopted the town and greeted every boat that comes in or out preferring to be with people than her own kind.
Dingle, stretching thirty miles into the Atlantic Ocean along the Southwest Coastline of Ireland and where you can see many fishing vessels along the harbour.
Meet Fungi, a statue erected in town along the waterfront so visitors learn about this dolphin that has lived here since 1984. Sandy would love to play with this dolphin from the shore of course safely keeping dry and warm where she likes it!
And if she had wanted to rest, she would have love the B & B at the Captains House where she could have played with the resident dog! This residence was a true find with its quaint surroundings and the food layout left for us certainly would please anyone and their canine family.
Sandy would have even loved the entertainment in Dingle where live Irish music and traditional dance can be found-the best of which was along the waterfront where you can even find an Internet Cafe.
Yes, Sandy is part of our story so now while she is so ill, we wish to pay tribute to our sweet baby. She is now improving and time does still exist for more memories, but I wanted to pay tribute to our baby while she is still with us.
The following is a bit different from regular post but I hope you enjoy it and feel our love for such a special family member-Sandy.
July 4, 2012
“Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray to God my soul to take.”
These are the very prayers I said as a child and found myself
praying these words tonight for our sweet Sandy.
Even in her hour of pain, she reached over to me as tears began to
soak the pillow where I laid my head and softly licked the tears
from my face while gently placing her paw on my hand.
“Oh Lord if this is to be the night for the angels to come for our
sweet Sandy, please have Your forgiving mercy on her and allow her
to pass with no more pain,” we prayed.
Our sweet loyal friend is sick tonight, the worse we have
witnessed. As I sat in my recliner and watched her laying on her
bed in front of us, she began to whine, look at each of us as though
to say “Come close so you are near when I go” and gently formed
her lips, sounding off with a tiny whoof!
Then she would whine ever so quietly. Our baby of ten years, a
sweet chocolate lab was in horrible pain and we were helpless to do
much about it, except tell her she is loved so much by us all and her
We had spent six hours at the Vet earlier that day and they said
that her problems were fixable and that it was not yet her time yet
she was racked in such pain.
Doug slid to the floor and sat next to her but she kept watching
me with her brown browns and continued to whimper. I had not been
able to get on the floor for years for health reasons but felt
compelled to be near so I slide down my chair onto the floor where
we as a family laid together for hours.
Sandy needed us as if she were telling us that a special bond was
about to be shared.
I laid on the floor next to Sandy with my head in my husband’s
lap as I stroke Sandy’s chest and spoke to her while Doug gently
held her head. We kept telling her how much we loved her and it
was ok and we were here for her and we would never leave her.
We laid beside her for hours when she suddenly seemed peaceful. I
hurriedly watched her so closely to be sure that her heart was still
pumping when she looked up at me as though to reassure me.
The time came to move to our bedroom where she has yet another
soft bed where she wanted to sleep at night. Restless, she in time
fell back to sleep but we were afraid and now was a fresh moment
we could pray to God to either make her well or let her go.
Many tears were shed this night as Doug and I held each other as
we watched our sweet Sandy. “Please dear Lord, spare her any
more pain, allow us to absorb the pain and set her free to play and
It seems God was with us as we did not wake the next morning in
God for his mercy.
Oh Lord, please grant Sandy, to be whole, young and healthy once
more! How she loved to play and fill the room with her toys
including our remote controls!
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