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Bart – Age One Hundred and something…

On September 5, 1997 we brought him home. Bart was a 5-year-old rescue dog without a past. A Corgi/Australian Shepherd mix, with the personality of the Aussie, he quickly picked his person…me. 

For 11 years we’ve been inseparable. He follows me everywhere and has accompanied me through many changes. Incredibly smart, sweet and dedicated, Bart is my Best Friend. Inspiring my efforts to rescue others, Bart is the Poster Dog for ForPaws Corgi Rescue and is responsible for saving literally hundreds of canine lives, and a few human ones, as a result.
Now at age 16, his time draws near. He’s old, he’s ill and his quality of life is no longer what it should be. I am having terrible trouble saying goodbye. I can’t imagine what it will be like when my shadow is no longer always present. This weekend has been heart wrenching. Bart has slept through most of it. 

Today he stopped eating. It is time and I won’t let him suffer. I will miss him more than words can convey and his soft, wise spirit will forever be with me. 
I never thought I could love a dog this much, but I do.


6 Responses

  1. They live holes in our hearts, remember him on his best day.

  2. I’m so, so sorry 😦 I don’t even want to imagine the day that this happens to my Traum.

    He’s a beautiful boy, and you can see the loyalty, and devotion in his face.

  3. Letting them go is never easy. Rest well sweet Bart and be free from your pain.

    You will have lots of company from others who have gone before you.

  4. Oh Kathy, my heart aches for you my friend… I wish there were something I could say that would help ease your pain, but I know better. Know that I’m here for you, as you were there for me in one of my darkest hours… *hug*

  5. We give our hearts to these dogs — and they never disappoint. Caring for them to the end is the very best we can do. No matter the pain of letting them go, they go with our love. The memories of your good times will stay with you forever.

  6. Thank you all for your insightful comments and good wishes. I am not sure exactly when it will be, but it will be soon. This is very, very hard.

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