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08-31-2019 06:08 AM
I watched a friend die yesterday. My neighbor rang the bell and asked if I'd take care of her dog. Of course I would. She then started crying and said she had to get to the hospital. The dr had called and said her husband was dying. I grabbed my keys and drove her. He was on the automatic CPR machine when we arrived. It didn't work. They left him on the machine so she could say good-bye and then stopped it. It broke my heart. She kept saying "how will I live without you." I called a priest who anointed and gave him Apostolic Absolution. I stayed with her a couple of hours while she waited for family and the funeral home. I left when family started arriving. I brought her dog over when I got home.
It's interesting to see how dogs sense things. He was pretty subdued. I think he knew something was wrong. He kept looking out the front window at his home. He was happpy when 'mom' arrived but still a little different than usual.
We've been friends for a looong time. I'm really sad to lose him.
08-31-2019 06:14 AM
I am so sorry. I well understand how big of a hole a loss like this can make..I am glad you were able to support her during those terrible minutes and hrs
Animals are so smart and such a joy. It will help your neighbor just to have this dog in her life.
We are still missing our dear friend, and neighbor, who recently died, so I know how bad you must feel
08-31-2019 07:42 AM
Wow @CalmInTheHeart you are an amazing neighbor and a very good friend. Thank goodness she did not have to walk through this alone. I am glad she also has a family network to help her go through this transition...but I think it will be her pet that will help her the most as she will not be totally alone.
08-31-2019 09:16 AM
As one who has been on the receiving end of the kindness of a friend and neighbor like you in a similar situation, I can tell you that your presence at that time meant more to your friend than you probably can realize. I hope you can be there for her in the coming days as well. Those are the times that we find out who our true friends are.
I know that it must have been difficult for you also. My condolences to you both.
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