Skip to comments.Solstice went to the Rainbow Bridge
Posted on 06/28/2014 1:51:20 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
"My name is Solstice and I am 7 days and three hours pain free."
Solstice was a Majestic German Shepherd. He was mellow and just loved every one and every creature except for chickens. They scared the life out of him. I'd try to console him by telling him he ate their unborn chicks. He'd roll his eyes at me. Solstice loved to talk. He was always whining. I never stopped him from doing that because I knew that one day he will stop and I will miss hearing his voice. He loved his planet dog tennis ball. He was always chomping away at it. It made the most irritating sucking sound to a human but must have been music to his ears. Solstice was also very smart. He listened to Mark Levin
Solstice shared the last fve years of his life with me. He was a rescue. Lyme disease then Degenerative Mylopathy tormented him later in life. Despite all that he was always smiling. His last meal was a chocolate cake. He devoured it
I miss him. I miss sharing food with him. I miss his smile. I miss his whining. I miss looking for him camouflaged in some bushes. I miss his facial expressions. I miss giving him hugs. He was such a good boy.
The day I realized he was sniffing near the Rainbow bridge, panicked me. It was too soon.
I hope he was happy with me. I love him so much. He was a very good friend. I hope I did well by him.
Bless you for rescuing him.
Can I whine about my blurry screen ???
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Our pets understand love, and your dog knows you did right by him.
You gave him the best years of his life and you had his unconditional love and all the joy he could give you in return.
RIP to your good friend and may you look back with fondness to every moment you had spent with him. He chose YOU to do that with him.
My condolences. You and Solstice took very good care of one another.
I’m so sorry. I’m sure you were very good to Solstice and he loved being with you.
You love him and he knew it too
My beloved best friend died not long ago.she was with me thru many things.
I know it hurts.
with deep compassion,
I’m so sorry. He was a lucky boy to be your friend.
So sorry for your loss. There can never be another Solstice, but there are many out there who would love to live and become close friends with such a caring soul. If there are no dogs in Heaven, can it be heaven? We shed tears along with you. Outliving a loved one is sad indeed.
When they finally ask to leave, or need to be helped, the best way we know to honor their memory is to give a good home and lots of love to another. Dogs are special and so are the people who love them.
So many of us feel the same about our best friends. Thanks for caring for him and thanks for sharing your story. Perhaps there’ll be a new friend for you to care for soon.
My heart goes out to you. I am glad that you had such a loving friend, and sorry that Solstice has gone ahead.
Tears here. It sounds to me like you gave Solstice a wonderful life. I’m sure he knew how well he was loved.
Condolences on your loss.
Oh my. Your beautiful description of life with Solstice brought back wonderful memories of my little lionheart dachshund, Maxwell, who died last September. How blessed you both were in your lives together. I would like to say it gets better, and I hope it does for you. I still miss my guy today as much as the first day I had to let him go. Just know you are not alone in your grief. Prayers up.
So sorry about your loss, but let me be certain. Solstice is in a much better place, believe me. I had 3 losses. My Black Lab Raffles, Boxer Chato, and Rottweiler Sampson. All 3 went to Doggie Heaven. I know they are ok just like Solstice. Solstice is in a perfect doggy body. He is happy and just running around playing with other children. I know one day you and Soltice will be reunited. God Bless
Prayers for you in your time of loss. Dogs are the best. They say we “rescue” dogs when it’s actually the reverse. May you find comfort — and maybe, over time, another rescue.
There’s a bond there. It transcends space and time. When that day comes, that you leave this world also, he’ll be there to greet you. There is hope for all creatures. The Apostle Paul spoke of this. So did King Solomon.
I’m sorry for your loss.
I’m so sorry for your loss of your beautiful pet. God Bless You, FRiend!
Life is a series of dogs...the transitions always hurt.
It always brings me to tears when I hear someone loses a pet they love. Harder to lose than a relative (believe me I know) for many of us. It’ll hurt for a while. Sorry for your loss.
My poodle died in my arms when they gave her the injection. Terrible feeling, awful guilt. Max fills the void (my Malti-Poo). Great little guy.
Solstice was lucky you were his owner. You know what? You have helped destroy an old myth. I always thought dogs could not eat chocolate foods. I was warned chocolate would ‘turn any dog or cat’s stomach upside down, the reaction might even be fatal!!.” But you tell me that your Pal enjoyed a little German Chocolate for a German Shepherd. I guess that was an old wives tale.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
RIP Solstice. He sounds like he was a wonderful friend.
Dagny, now five years...
1_Rain_Drop, Solstice is still with you, and will always be with you. You will play ball, again.
Our pets are extensions of ourselves, IMO. We have been blessed with some very wonderful companions over the years, and I look forward to seeing them all, again.
Take solace in the joys you shared.
I don’t want to be a busybody (as if I could help it!) but I have always gone out and gotten another rescue dog when my one of my dogs died. It is nothing more than a suggestion; taking care of another rescue often removes the pain of the loss.
So sorry to hear this sad news. I know you made Solstice as happy as he made you.
My vet tells the tale of a toy dog of some sort who ate an entire box of Godiva chocolates and showed nary a single ill effect.
He does blanch at watching our 100+lb Akita sneak black coffee (he ignores creamed and sugared) and red wine. His comment on the dog slurping stolen wine was “There goes his liver!” At least 3-4 episodes later, Sumo is in perfect health. It’s not like we offer these foods to him. He waits patiently for any opportunity to steal them. He is tall enough, with a long enough muzzle and tongue that we need to be extra vigilant. He is a very quiet guy with ninja attributes.
4 dogs over 40 years have enjoyed home cooked food that always includes some sauteed onion (I do take pains to make sure they don’t get chunks of it)and they adore guacamole. Both avocados and onion are said to be poisons. That said, they get very little of either. So far, they almost all have lived to ripe old ages of 10-12 and they succumb to the inevitable rear-end failure. One died at 10 chasing a raccoon onto thin ice (beagle) and the Samoyed got cancer and died at 9 1/2.
I’m stricter with the present guy. He is my last big dog and my last working dog, simply due to my age. If we’re lucky, he’ll be with us until I’m over 80.
My heart goes out to every owner mourning a best friend. It is devastating.
Bless you for being such a faithful friend. I completely sympathize.
Honor the memory of MIGHTY SOLSTICE; as soon as you are emotionally able (it took me five years after my ROLLY had to leave), go to your local pound and find another LIFE PARTNER to adopt.
Don’t waste five years like I did.
I believe myself to be a reasonably good man; but if there are no dogs in heaven, I AIN’T GOIN!
I am sorry for your loss.
Bless you for taking in a rescue dog. By your description of him I can tell he was very happy and you loved each other. I’m sorry for your loss.
Oh heavens, tears are streaming down my face, what you wrote is so beautiful and heartfelt.
You bring me back (it’s not hard to do) to my grief over the death of my cat Holly. I swear it’s the hardest loss I’ve ever had to bear and I know that sounds extremely silly, but we had her so briefly.
You have my deepest sympathy on your loss of your beloved Solstice.
Solstice is with my dear little Shelties.
I hope he’s romping with our kitties, Duke, Duchess, and Homer, as they wait for us at the Bridge.
I have three on in the years pups, and I know heartbreak awaits...
I lost one of my furry children this last January. My wife brought her to the house when we got married. The pets ended up treating me better than the wife did. I still have the pets LOL. I know it hurts, but you’ll find your “new normal” eventually. From what I read you did just fine by your pet. Take care and God bless,
This gave me some comfort when I was in the same position.
IF IT SHOULD BE
If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand.
Dont let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
Weve had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
Youd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come please let me go.
Take me where my need theyll tend,
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering Ive been saved.
Please do not grieve it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
Weve been so close, we two, these years;
Dont let your heart hold back its tears.
My screen is all blurry now, but I wouldn’t have NOT read this for anything in the world...
Thanks for sharing your grief.
I am so sorry for your loss. My poochie is a whinner. he is a rescue as well. Hope your sadness and pain for your Solstice will be brief.
Thanks for the ping. I reached my tear quota for today on this thread.
My eyes are teary, the screen is blurry and the memories are painful.
But thanks...1RD needs love...
You’re welcome, and agreed.
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