|At about 4:30 today Ruby went to her resting place. My husband,
our twin 9 year old sons and I were there with her. During the afternoon
before we went to the dr’s office, Ruby enjoyed a big, delicious steak,
bbq’d by my husband and hand fed by me. And then while at the dr’s
office we got her two McDonalds burgers, which she gobbled down.
After a bit my husband and sons went out to the waiting room and I was
left with my girl. She went very peacefully in my arms.
During the past 5 months Ruby’s quality of life had approached “0” and
I finally came to understand that I was holding on to her here on earth
for my own selfish reasons. Many people had told me this, but I needed
to have her tell me. For the past week or so Ruby was not eating
much at all and had lost all connection to the world. It was time
for me to let go.
I was blessed with my little girl from the time she was 8 weeks old.
She would have turned 15 in June. At the beginning of her life I
used to sneak her into my office and kept her in a box in my big desk draw.
She brought so much happiness to me and my family and I hope that I did
right by her.
I know that my grandmother was there to greet Ruby as she went over
the bridge because I was sent a sign early today after my decision was
finally made. Then on the way home from the dr’s, a road I’ve traveled
many, many times, there walking on the sidewalk was a beautiful, young
chocolate lab. I’ve never, never seen a choc lab on this street before.
I choose to take this as a sign from my girl that she is ok.
Thank you so much to all of my friends who have been with us through
Ruby’s good days and her bad days. She is at peace now. My
sweet little girl.
Susan A. Wellenkamp & my Angel Ruby