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Oct
20 2011

A sad day

Syndicated from: Paul Bridle

Today is probably one of the hardest days I have had to deal with in a long time. My son David is in England, my wife Lorna is in Toronto and I am speaking at a conference in Manitoba Canada. All three of us in different time zones. Last night our family Golden Retriever suddenly had to be taken into the vets by my son. She had a suspected tumor and twisted spleen and needed to be operated on immediately. My son talked to my wife while I was oblivious of the issues and speaking at the conference in Winnipeg. The decision was to go ahead and operate and my son hugged our dog and left her to the vets care. She heart gave out and she never survived the anesthetic. Today we are separated by distance at a time when we needed to be there for each other. My son struggled with emotions at loosing his dearest pet and friend and my wife loosing her baby that has meant so much to her over the last ten years. I struggled with the sense of helplessness and deep sorrow. Through Skype we consoled each other, and as people sent wishes from around the world through Facebook and LinkedIn, we realized how many people she had touched in her short life. Many people met her when they visited us and many knew her through our tales and stories. Her hairs have fallen from my clothes in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She left an indelible paw print on our lives and the lives of many others. Today is a sad day and I now sit at the airport waiting to fly back to my wife who has had to endure this on her own. I realize that Sasha was more than our pet, she was our friend, companion and the essence of our relationship. I love my son David and am so proud of him. No greater wish can there be to have your son as your best friend and business partner. He has been a tower of strength and I value what he has taught me and the life we share. My wife Lorna is the best woman in the world. I love her dearly and miss her when we are apart. I value her strengths and I have deep respect for how she manages to put up with me. She is the best a man could wish for. I do believe that Sasha loved us all, and in her way understood what we meant to each other. I also believe that she contributed to making our relationship what it is. Her unconditional love of us was an example to us and when we got annoyed with each other, she went around us all sharing her love and pulling us back together. We will miss her dearly but her mark on us will not be in vein. We will continue to live in the love she left us and bask in it where ever we are. She left us an example and we will honor that. Our greatest thanks is she passed on peacefully and without too much pain. Our greatest fear was she may suffer and that none of us could bear. RIP Shash, we love you and will forever be indebted to you

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