Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Goodbye Omie.

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This morning, our beautiful girl Omie died peacefully on our couch after a short illness (we had taken her to the vet, and were expecting her blood results to come back today, but our best guess is that her heart failed her). Steve had taken her outside to do her business and settled her on the couch. Five minutes later she quietly left this life.

Omie was such a good, sweet, loving girl. She loved everyone, but especially Joe and Maggie.

As Joe said, "if you get near Omie, she licks you." True words. Omie snuck in a kiss every chance she could get. Living with Omie, it was always easy to see why pit bulls used to be called "nanny dogs." This strong and powerfully muscular dog always had such a gentle soft way with the children.

We don't know how old she was, but Omie came into my life eight years ago, when my friends found her wandering stray with her two puppies in San Francisco. We think she was one or two years old at that time, which would have made her a quite elderly ten years old now. Omie's puppies were placed through a rescue, and I took "Little Mama" as we called her then.

Omie came to me at a very hard time, when I was grieving the death of my friend and romantic partner Marc, and she brought unconditional love, slobber, silliness, comfort, and fun into my life just when I needed it most. Omie and I had a special bond, and she will always have a special place in my heart - she was my first dog love, my "love dog," as I always called her.

I am glad that she had a peaceful and quiet end, at home, surrounded by her family - her loving people.

It is hard to imagine my house and my life without any dogs running around and getting into trouble. Joe is confused and sad, as are we all. How to make sense of death? It confuses and upsets me as well. One moment, our friends are with us, enjoying life and giving slobbery kisses, the next they are gone. We hope their spirits are free and happy and resting in love.

Goodbye, sweet love dog. We will miss you so much.

12 comments:

  1. Sorry doesn't say enough. Lucky girl to have been so loved. Can you tell I'm a dog person too?

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  2. Oh Inder, I am so sorry! That's so hard! Dogs are just so special. Ours is only 3 1/2 but I already think once in awhile about how sad it would be to lose him. He's been such a special part of my kids' lives and they sometimes ask how long he will live. I don't know what to say except that I'm very sorry. I'm so sad for you all.

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  3. Oh no, Inder! So sorry to hear this. Especially since I think you lost your other little pup not too long ago. I loved growing up with our dogs and they have a special place in my heart. It sounds like Omie was well-loved and she looks like a sweetie.

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  4. Oh... I am so sorry for your loss. That was a beautifully written, and photographed, epitaph for your lovely dog.

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  5. She was a beauty! So sorry about Omie :(

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  6. She has such a beautiful, expressive face. And those pictures with her and the kids are so sweet. I'm so sorry to hear about her death. It must feel like there's a void in your house right now. My thoughts are with you and your family as you miss such a sweet dog.

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  7. i am sorry to hear about omie and fully appreciate how painful it is when a member of the family passes away. my thoughts are with you all.

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  8. Oh Inder, I'm sorry to hear that. I hope your departed fur-friends are some place happy together! Omie had such a sweet face. And this is a beautiful tribute. She was lucky she found you!

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  9. I just wanted to thank each of you for your kind comments. It's a hard loss, although I am comforted that Omie had a good life and brought us so much joy. The house sure seems dull and sad without her, though!

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  10. Poor Omie, and poor you.
    Its always hard losing a member of the family.
    xx N

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  11. So sorry to hear of Omie's passing Inder, she looked like a wonderful friend and a lovely soul x

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  12. So sorry for the loss of Omie. What a beautiful girl she was, and obviously very well loved.

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