Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sydney's Irish Wake

I got some really bad news on Thursday morning. My dog, Sydney, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The options were really grim; go to extraordinary measures and she might live 6 to 9 months or euthanize her and put her out of her misery.

As a strong proponent of euthanasia, I felt that I had no choice. I put Sydney down on this beautiful sunny day, while she was laying in the grass with myself, Noah, and Lia hugging and comforting her.

What a downer! A real downer!

Yet Sydney is out of pain and in doggy heaven, hopefully frolicking with her like minded kin.

So What Did I Do?

Sydney always loved to have fun and really enjoyed boating and the water. My friends were out at Put N Bay, Ohio on their boats, some might say yachts, so I decided to fly to 3W2 and meet them there for the afternoon.

We had a fabulous time. Good friends are invaluable.

I flew home around 8 PM and ended up attending a party with a bunch of folks from the Yoga Shelter. I really love to be around Yogis, their calm energy is so soothing and I especially appreciated it yesterday. Namaste.

Sydney would have been happy that I chose to live the dream today, instead of lying around sad and depressed. She always loved biting the water spray behind the ski boat. I will never take my boat out again without thinking of my beautiful Sydney.

My you rest in peace Sydney. You were loved and will be sorely missed.


  1. This poignant, inspiring post reaffirms the importance of swaying with -- not against -- the twists and turns on life's roller coaster.

    Thanks for a touching reminder that balance and perspective are vital forces with healing power.
    -- Alan Stamm

  2. Sorry for your loss. Sharing remembrances of our animal friends is the best tribute we can give them. Nicely done.

  3. Lovely tribute to a good friend.