All Dogs Go To Heaven

There is never a good time to say goodbye to a beloved family pet but there is the right time. The time when you know it is your job to make sure they are no longer in pain and that the suffering comes to an end.

Today was that day for our wonderful Great Dane, China.
China was 10 years old and in the world of danes that is VERY VERY old. Made even more remarkable since  she had multiple problems that inbred danes are know for.

China came into our lives a bit over 9 years ago as a rescue. She came into rescue due to impaired hearing and vision. She had been beaten and treated badly by her first owners and it was my vow to her that her life and the life of the other dane we adopted at the time would be wonderful.

Our danes our indoor dogs who live the high life wrecking my sofas and scamming food off the counters and that is ok with me. Since in turn they protect the house and my children in a way that defies explanation.

China's health has been failing at a rapid rate over the past year and this week she lost quite of bit of neurological function of her back end so we knew the time has come. She spent her last week getting anything she wanted and being slipped an outrageous amount of food under the table. Her all time favorite was ice cream so of course she got as much of that as she wanted!

She could not have been more loved for these past years.

Goodbye my sweet girl.


A Quilters Playhouse said...

So sorry for your loss, Maddie. Pets are just the best "children" ever!

Anonymous said...

I am soo sorry family. Truly. May the rainbow bridge be close.

Anonymous said...

How fortunate you all were - both China and family to have been together for so long! Danes are such wonderful dogs. Our beautiful Dante came to live with us four years ago and is now 7 1/2. He's a mantle and the black on his face is very gray now. That much love changes you life for the better. You're all in my thoughts.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Maddie,
I'm so sorry that you lost your beloved China. Losing a member of your family, furry or otherwise, is a terrible experience. Hoping China can meet up and play tag with my IzzyBelly.
Hugs for all of you as you mourn your loss.

Audrey Pettit said...

I know what a painful time this is for you and your family, Maddie! Each and every pet is such an important part of the family, and brings so much love and joy to the equation. You gave her a wonderful life, and in turn, she enriched yours. Big ((hugs)) to you!