Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Good-bye Kailan

On Monday, March 6th, we said good-bye to our best friend Kailan.

It's incredible how much you can love a dog and how much they become a part of your life. Everything we do reminds us that she's no longer with us. From her basket of toys, to where her dog bed was, to dropping a morsel of food and now needing to pick it up, to her wagging tail greeting you whenever you left the house, to her searching out my where abouts in the house... Kailan has been in my life as long as Brian has, about 5 years, which means I've been in her life for almost half of it, but she's been in Brian's life for 12 years, since she was a puppy.
We are both devestated by her loss. We were lucky that we found a very caring vet to come to our house and make Kailan as peaceful as possible. She got up off her dog-bed just minutes before the vet got here, where she hadn't gotten up off her bed all day without assistance. She knew. We were both crying over her bed and I think she knew how worried we were so she rallied, got up, wagged her tail, and gave us both lots of kisses.
We wanted Kaitlyn to grow enough to realize that Kailan was there. But we do like the thought of Corinne and Kailan forever playing together in heaven and watching over our little family.

She will be forever missed.

Kailan looking at us in Tahoe a few years ago

Kailan at our wedding (hoping for a piece of wedding cake?)

Kailan was our ring bearer at our lake-side Tahoe wedding

Kailan with our wedding rings around her neck

Backpacking with Kailan at the campsite


Jodi from PROM said...

Liz & Brian,
I'm so sorry to hear about Kailan. It is a tough decision, but you can rest assured that she is not suffering anymore.

On a feeding note...are you supposed to have her gavaged within a certain amount of time? If not, I wonder if it would do any good to give the syringe a little less height so that gravity doesn't make it go in as quickly. Just a thought.

I love the pic of Brian with Kaitlyn in the sling. How cute...Macho firefighter turned softie! :)

~Jodi from PROM

Elissa said...

Kailin will missed dearly. She was a great dog and had a wonderful spirit. She and Corrine will be wonderful guardians of the family.

I will always picture Kailin's sweet smile as she comes toward me for a pet.

With love,
Aunt Elissa

Amy said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Liz and Brian,
As an absolute dog lover myself, I can feel your pain. I have tears for both her and you. Kailan was a huge part of your family as any family member is. She had a wonderful life and knew she was loved unconditionally. You have done the best for her in life as in passing...
Sue Grau

michelle flannagan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Kailan, I remember the first time we spoke on the phone, you told me how protective she was of you, and if anyone rang the bell how nuts she'd go. She was a really good friend to you while you were on bedrest, I like the idea of her and Corrinne playing together now.

Kaitlyn looks beautiful, and the pout is too funny. I hope the EI appt goes well, they were a lifesaver for us. Take Care, Michelle

Heather Duncan said...

So sorry to hear about Kialin, but it sounds like you did all you could for her.... it is nice you both have Kaitlyn to focus on.

Love the pictures of Kaitlyn, she is such a cutie!!