Yesterday we had to say goodbye to my best friend and most beloved family member, Lisen. It was unexpected, but at the same time not. Even so, there are no words that can describe how much this wonderful dog has meant (means) to me, but I know in my heart that it was time for her to move on and that we made the right decision.
Two weeks ago Lisen got very sick, I will not go in to the specifics here, but we decided to give medicine a try because there was some hope that she could recover - there was no conclusive diagnosis. And it seemed like she was on the right path, until yesterday afternoon. My sister and I got a call from my mum who in panic said that Lisen had collapsed and could not get up! Obviously we rushed over there immediately. And when we got to the house and saw Lisen on the floor, we knew. So off to the vet we went with her.
Lisen had given it all she had in her but she simply could not fight whatever it was any more.
The day I had dreaded ever since we brought our cute, furry, eight week old energy ball Lisen home had arrived.
But it became a calm, respectful and peaceful ending. Lisen knew it was time, I could tell by by her behaviour. She did not fight us, she was calm. And before it was time I whispered in her ear that it was OK to let go, which she did quite quickly - with a little help. So now she is free, running around with ease and playing with all the other wonderful souls who have moved on out there.
Now before I end this very emotional (for me) blog post I strongly feel I want to write a few words directed to my beloved friend Lisen, even though I know they probably do not have/read blogs where she is at right now (but who know's? ;-). Anyway, here it goes;
To Lisen : "I am deeply grateful for all the years I had the privilege to have you by my side, almost 13 (three weeks away). I have never met a more loving, loyal, supportive, entertaining, stubborn, mischievous, happy, extremely wise and food crazy dog, nor will I never meet one again I am sure - until we reunite of course. ;-)
I feel extremely happy and fortunate that it was precisely you and I who met on this journey of life. Because what would I had done without you in certain situations ..? (You know which ones I am talking about.) Both happy and sad. And if ever there was anyone I could count on through thick and it was you, always YOU. We sure have our secrets you and I my friend. ;-) So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, my beloved pup, for the time we had together - "My Little Lis " .
I will always love you more than words could ever express. You will forever be in my memories, in my heart and a part of my soul. My hope is that the rest of your family and I (the same of course) made your time here on Earth at least as happy as you did ours, because that would sure be a comfort for me. Though I will miss you like crazy you do not have to worry about me, I will be fine.
So you walk away now baby and enjoy your freedom. I will see you soon." ♥ ♥ ♥
Finally we got some REAL snow here in Lyckeby in Sweden! And by "real snow" I mean snow where your feet sink through it when you walk in it. However, it did not last for very long (most of it has already melted away...). But, I managed to take my beloved doggy Lisen out to the Rodeby forest this Saturday morning so we could (both) play around and properly enjoy the snow while it lasted.
And what an adventure we had! I do not know who had more fun, or was more tired after that walk, Lisen or I..? Lol! I did a snowman experiment on Lisen, Lisen rolled around and tracked in the snow almost the entire time and we encountered lots of odd little snow figures. Of course I snapped a ton of shots of our escapado, below are some of those photos from our adventures in the local Rodeby forest here in Sweden this Saturday! ;p
SNOW!!! Lisen always make sure it is safe for me to tag along. :-)
Aww. She just felt like take one (of her several) snow baths.
She so LOVES this!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
Now time to jump!!!
Come on! Jump!
Come on Alex, play with me!? Jump!
Hm, the snow was quite deep so not as easy for me to run around, or jump, in it like for Lisen. I am not very well trained at the moment neither, hehe. ;-) Phew!
But I amused myself with photographing odd snow figures in the forest while Lisen ran around. Hm, looks like some kind of small fox..?
Swan or duck.
Well, not the best time to drop these in the middle of the winter...Major cold hands! Ouch! But maybe the branches were happy about getting some extra heat on them. ;p Hehe.
Lisen was not impressed nor interested of him at all, at first.
But after a few minutes, and me nagging her to have a look...
She finally checked him out, slowly.
I knew it! Not real!
Who does she think I am that Alex? No fool - that is for sure, no missy!
Was that supposed to be fun? Yes babe, I thought it was hilarious. Lol! ;p That is how easily amused I am.
Now this looked like a real forest monster!
I also tried to capture snowy trees from different angles, which meant I had to lay down in the snow.
Come on now, Alex...
But I wanted to take a selfie with her first, worked so so. Lol! ;p At least we are both in the photo. :-)
And so the walk was over, time to go home...
Hope to see some spring weather soon now, because I personally have had my share of winter and snow/mainly rain for this season - not sure Lisen agree with me though. But we will just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us. She is da Boss Lady after all! ;-)