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I've been struggling lately.
It helped to write my experiences down.
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Rishan Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
Very touching story. Thanks
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Oskana Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's curious how life is... I've been going through some... hard and awful things around me and this year just started with the left foot... I had managed to avoid crying until now, but honestly... I need to do so, I just was avoinding it and culdn't find a reason to do it.

While I saw this and read it through teary eyes and wiping my cheeks to be able to keep reading I felt relieved somehow. I love dogs, I've had one or another all my life since I was 3 months old, I've had to let go of them for one reaosn or another and cryied my eyes out with their passing.

I do feel you and hope that you are doing better, tough I know that's a wishful thinking. Hugs and kisses for you and licks from my little chihuahua Bandit who was by my side and licking me as I cried
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Sylistra-The-Scholar Jan 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My dog Shadow was bitten by a rattlesnake a few years ago. He didn't bark or freak out until it was too late, so I know your pain.

Many Hugs to you. :hug:
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I know this was posted back in November, but I stumbled across it just now. My dog just turned 18 two days ago, and he's in that same slow decline you wrote about. I tell myself and others that I'm ready for it, but I know I'm not. I'm terrified of that day, and every time I find him napping, I think it's that day.

This wasn't exactly comforting, I certainly teared up, but I guess it's good to be able to read someone else's experiences that feel so familiar.
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arachelle905 Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I won't burden you with a longwinded comment about the several pets I've lost, but I just wanted to say that, for one thing, this little story was exceptionally well written and brought tears to my eyes frequently (which is an accomplishment, as I don't tend to be moved to tears all that easily) and also that I love your reference works very much. You have my sympathies on your loss, and my thanks for both the photos that you post and for sharing this very powerful moment of your life. Thank you. :)

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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry. I came here to look for more reference and got sad. :(

I think sometimes it would be better if our pets would just vanish without a trace, maybe even fade away from the world without being seen doing it, saving us the grief of the day.
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You have no idea how much this helped me....as weird as it sounds. One year ago my dog Peggy vanished. She had been living with my Granny, just outside the city, for 2 years. She was almost 20 years old. She could hardly move those days, Getting up took her a long time and she would whine a little. We searched for 4 days...eventually everyone knew that she had gone off to silently pass away. I don't think I was ever able to fully grieve, just miss her, wonder if she was scared, if it was quick.....Reading this....helped bring out those emotions I couldn't face. Peggy was a black lab/sharpei mix and the sweetest dog I've ever known. I loved her more than I can express, iIn fact when I brought my now fiance home to meet my family, her approval was the most important.

I am extremely deeply sorry for your loss
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Sigh. I cried so hard reading this. I'm really sorry for your loss and I definitely know how you feel, we lost our fifteen-year-old dog in July, to cancer.

I may be biased because of just how much it resonates with me emotionally, but I think your text itself is really well-written. Very impacting.
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I am sorry. The world didn't end, but sometimes it feels like it did. I'm sorry.
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:hug: Kxhara :hug:

This was simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. I'm sorry I didn't comment on it earlier. We lost a geriatric Lhasa Apso a few months back, and have had to go through this several times before. It seems different each time, though it is never easy. You and your family have my sympathy for whatever that is worth.
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