Ava - Our Beloved German Shepherd
Our Ava passed away Friday, August 27th. We cried for three days and miss her so much. She died instantly about 10:14 p.m. She hadn't been feeling well for about four days. The Vet just thought it was hip dysplasia and arthritis aggravated by her bath and groom the Tuesday before.
She went out at 7:30 p.m. to do her business, and after coming back in slept for about two or three hours. Then she got up and went and laid on her bed which is right across from my husband's chair. He said she sat up like she was going to get up to her feet, looked at him and fell over sideways. He jumped up and went to her, and she was already gone.
The Vet thought she probably had a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, blood clot or maybe an undetected tumor that burst. She was under routine Vet care and had just had a physical in May.
I came home, but you didn't greet me at the door.
The house has fallen silent without the sound of paws upon the floor.
During the night, I wake but do not hear you move about the room.
Comforting sounds are absent, replaced by dreary gloom.
No tail beating against the floor in anticipation of a treat.
No face upturned in serious attention as my dinner I eat.
The gentle nudge on my leg is absent as you remind me of your needs.
I don't hear your shrill whine as thunder warns an approaching storm that
your instinct heeds.
A knock comes upon the door, the door bell rings, but no one tells me so.
Your bark is silent, the sounds are quite ignored.
I miss your presence as through the house I walk.
No one hears me as I relate the day's events in silly talk.
The refrigerator opens, but your head does not appear under my arm.
You're not lying in front of the stove smelling the goodness of my cooking, your look showing its charm.
Your stuffed animals have no one to play with as silently they leave the house.
Everything is in place and quiet as a mouse.
I'll love you forever and miss you just as long,
Until we are together again, right where we belong.
Ava, our dear Ava
Ava so patient and kind, we will miss your sweet face.
Ava so gentle and obedient, we will always remember your loving grace.
Ava so loving and loyal, we will miss your smartness and poise.
Ava so dignified and aloof, we will miss your German Shepherd warning noise.
Ava so trustworthy and calm, we will miss your strength, comfort, courage and powers of healing;
Knowing all the time our hearts you were stealing.
Came to live with us January 8, 2006 at the age of four.
Passed over the Rainbow Bridge August 27, 2010.