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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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It is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I am writing this, as we recently had to make the heart wrenching decision to say good bye to our little trooper, Tyler. It was especially heartbreaking for us because he had been with us for almost 18 years, arriving when he was only 9 weeks old. Just the week before our decision was made, we were saying that he was going to be with us for a long time, as he just seemed to keep on going. That being said, he began to have some issues with his legs and when I looked in his eyes, they told me that he was getting tired. He wasn't in any pain and was not suffering in any way, that's what told us that it was best to let him go before it got to that point. He was put down on June 5th and, ironically, that was the same day that we lost his brother, Bailey, four years before. It was also the day before Tyler would have turned 17 years and 11 months. It wasn't planned that way. It just happened. June 5th will never ever be the same for us, having lost two Havanese on that day.

Although it was an extremely difficult decision, I know it was the right one because Tyler told me so. He was never a lap dog or one who gave kisses, but he allowed me to hold him in the car on the way to the vet's and kept giving me kisses on my face, even while we were waiting at the office. I feel that was his way of telling me it was okay and although it makes me feel better to think that, it's still killing me inside.

Finally, those of you who saw his 16th and 17th birthday pictures on the forum know that I always posed him with a red velvet cupcake, however, it was only a prop and he was not allowed to eat it because of what the outcome would be. On the day we were going to say goodbye, I went to the bakery and brought him his very own red velvet cupcake and brought it to the vet's office with us. I told her what I was going to do and I think she was taken aback a bit. I put it on the floor and let him dive into it, buttercream frosting and all. He really enjoyed it! That will always bring a smile to my face, as he left this world with red velvet cake crumbs on his beard and, I think, a smile on his face. He finally got his cupcake and won in the end!

RIP, little guy. Your paw prints, along with your brother's, will always be on our hearts.

Mary (miss you, Bailey-1996-2011 and Tyler-1997-2015)
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Very sorry to learn of Tyler's passing.
I am sure there will be many, many friends and neighbors who will miss him as well.
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My heart is breaking for you. Wonderful story about that cupcake. Now I have to go get a Kleenex

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So very sorry for your loss. What a blessing it was to have him with you for almost 18 years. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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I also love love LOVE what you did with the cupcake. What a special memory.

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I am very sorry to hear about your loss of Tyler. It is so heartbreaking to have to make a decision which we know is best. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

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I am so sorry for your loss. Tyler was a very lucky dog to have such a good life and such a good Mom! And the cupcake was the best!
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So so sorry. Brought tear to my eyes.

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thanks Mary for sharing him with us. Hugs

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