Monday, April 21, 2008

Noah to the Rainbow Bridge


April 1997 (adopted) - April 21, 2008

Just came home from the vet's office with Noah's empty collar and leash.

The injection worked fast. Too fast. His eyes stayed open as the vet administered the lethal substance, so he didn't even look like he was falling asleep.

The speed at which it worked pretty much sums up this whole canine cancer saga. Just a few weeks ago was the jumpy and energetic Noah rocking the house. Now he is gone.

April is indeed the cruelest month.

I feel numb right now. Perhaps it is my Asian male stoicism in full swing to block out emotions. Perhaps this will hit me like a ton of bricks at the least expected moment. Right now, I don't know what to feel.

Thank you for all your support.


At April 21, 2008 7:37 PM, Blogger Barbara(aka Layla) said...


Thanks for the picture of him - what a beautiful boy. You made a hard decision, but it was the right one. There are not words of comfort at a time like this, but I am thinking of/praying for you.

At April 22, 2008 2:06 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

Whatever you feel, or don't feel, is the right thing for you at that time. I think sometimes when an event is too painful to take in all at once, our minds protect us by only allowing in small bits of grief.

I know how much it hurts to lose Noah, and how empty it feels right now. My thoughts are with you.

At April 22, 2008 4:27 PM, Blogger Rick Frueh said...

I feel for you, brother. Here is last year for us:

At April 23, 2008 10:25 AM, Anonymous Susanna said...

I'm really sorry, David.

I know the pain of losing a pet. It's been over two years since Mugsy died, and sometimes, the pain still hits me and I cry. I haven't in a while, but it hurt for a long time. Allow yourself to grieve.

At April 24, 2008 1:51 PM, Blogger The White Wave said...

You had him for many years. Those were good years for you both.

At April 27, 2008 8:31 PM, Blogger Gary Means said...


I am so sorry to hear this. I think the numbness is natural.

I wish I could do more, I wish I lived closer. So all I can do is let you know that I hurt for you, and, as trite as it sounds, that I will pray for you.

At April 28, 2008 4:27 PM, Blogger dogsled_stacie said...

David, so sorry to hear about losing Noah. I could always tell how much you adored him whenever you spoke of him on Laura's blog (nevermind the tribute to him in the blog name!). He was a lucky pooch to be with you.

At April 29, 2008 7:40 AM, Blogger Elevated said...

Oh man :-(

I know the words seem shallow right now but in time after the grief hits it will get easier. My last dog and I had for 16 years together. I don't even want to fathom the day it happens to Buster. It is my firm belief that a happy tail slapping Noah is just waiting for you up above. I can't wait to see him!

I'm so sorry.

At May 01, 2008 10:54 AM, Blogger Miss Cellania said...

I am so sorry, David. No one is as loyal as man's best friend. Damn shame they don't live as long as we do.

At May 06, 2008 7:08 AM, Blogger Seraphim said...

oh man. Love ya brother. How incredibly difficult. We rescued a second dog about a month ago, she's two and my cocker is 4 years old now. The new pup is a blue heeler shepherd mix.

I'm praying for you and your family. May I offer some unsolicited advice? Go to the shelter, give another little brother or sister (as St. Francis would call our canine companions) a 'forever home'.

let me know if I can help at all. Prayer, call me etc.



At May 22, 2008 8:46 PM, Blogger Brotha Buck said...

I'm sorry, David. April hasn't been a good month.

At May 25, 2008 7:33 PM, Blogger Momma Bear said...

I know exactly what you must be going through and I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, a pet can be your best friend. You try to be strong and I will contact the Lord on your behalf.

At July 02, 2008 6:22 AM, Blogger Tera Rose said...

I'm so sorry and mortified that I asked how hw was on your other post-

hope youare well, this is sad, very sad.

At July 07, 2008 2:50 AM, Anonymous iamkeir said...

I wish you peacefulness and time to grieve when the time is right.

At July 12, 2008 3:21 PM, Blogger single mommy said...

I'm so sorry. Letting go of a family member is so very hard! I lost my shepherd after 10 years of unconditional love. I miss him so much. It took two years for me to heal enough to think I was ready for another dog and one more year to actually go through with it.

May you find comfort in your memories!

At September 14, 2008 8:56 AM, Blogger karen said...

David, I don't know you or knew about Noah. What a sweet looking fellow..and so lucky you found him. I believe you'll see each other again.

At November 10, 2008 7:46 PM, Anonymous Marlene said...

Good for people to know.

At April 10, 2010 9:08 PM, Blogger George said...


It is moving like the Hachiko story.

Take care bro,
I didn't forget your encourgment.

George B


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