My baby daughter sent me a text this morning telling my that Ella her collie dog was poorly and that her husband was taking her to the vet at 10:30. I quickly got dressed and drove over.
As I walked in Ella tried to come to me but was staggering all over the place.
We knew her time had come.
This beautiful fifteen year old dog has give this family so much love and joy over the years.
Two little girls have grown up with a playmate that let them do anything the wanted with her.
She gave so much but asked so little.
My daughter and son in law took her together, he was trying so hard to be strong saying he would be ok on his own. But my daughter went with him and I stayed with my two lovely girls, The two I blogged about a week or so ago. The three of us sat on the sofa cuddled up talking about Ella and the fun they had with her.
The nine year old knew Ella wasn't coming back, but the five year old didn't grasp how bad thing were.
When their parents came back without Ella the floodgates opened, five of us heartbroken.
This little family mourning the loss of a wonderful companion and playmate.
I was hurting so much for them and there was nothing I could do but hold them while they sobbed.
The heartache we feel when we lose a dearly loved pet should not be dismissed because it its "just an animal". We should be allowed to mourn without embarrassment and with consideration.
My son in law had to go to work lest that an hour after watching Ella take her final breath.
I took a half day holiday to be with them this morning and I am glad to have done so.
I left my daughter and her girls deciding wether to have a sofa day, or carry on with the plans they had.
Which were to go school uniform shopping.
As he left the house my son in law choked back the tears, Ella was not at the door to say goodbye as was her usual thing, it was a very emotional moment. As I left it was very sad, usually Ella jostles with the kids on the top step to be there to wave you off. Today there was no jostling, no competition to see who could wave the hardest, shout bye the loudest. Just three very sad little girls, my little girl and her little girls. I was blinded by tears as I drove down the road.
Hopefully Ella is bounding round heaven with Henry and Cally now...there will be much fun up there...