Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Thought Trouble Came in Threes

Well, not this week. 

I'm sorry to say that this adorable, cuddly, sweet, peanut-sized, puppy who was just about 10-weeks-old passed away today. A, our director, was faced with the difficult decision when Nereus developed complications associated with the same virus that took the life of Little Luther this past Sunday. 

A held him in her arms as he was euthanized, and he slipped quickly and peacefully into a deep and final sleep. Right now, I picture him romping with forever young Mr. Bill and Princess Zoe, and Little Luther, all just over the Rainbow Bridge and welcoming the tiniest of all, Nereus.

This week has been horrible; I don't know how A does it. Four dogs have left us and she has had to make the decisions of when to call it, when to decide that everything that could be done has been done. I don't think there is anyone I respect more. A never takes these decisions lightly; I know she spends sleepless nights worrying about all of the animals in her care, as if each one were her very own pet.

I can only hope that a week like this will bring us closer as an organization. As I said in my note to our volunteers:
This has been a truly difficult week for everyone at PAWS. Sometimes we forget that someone has to make the difficult decisions when these terribly young or sweet elderly lives have to end. Now is the time to support each other and the animals; it’s why we chose to be here in the first place and these rough times remind us that rescue does have its “downs” as well as its “ups.”
Ah, sweet Nereus. You'll be missed so much!


  1. Damn. What a horrible week. Maybe we get some credit for the future...

  2. This is really sad news. We are so sorry for your loss. It is not hard to lose one more so if there is more. We send you good vibes that all will be ok there.

    - Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

  3. Sometimes, despite of how hard you look for the answer as to why some make it and others do not, the answer just doesn't come.

    Sending you positive thoughts and much admiration for what you do.

  4. That is so hard. I am in admiration of those that can continue to do this kind of work, even with the downs, knowing it is so important overall.

  5. that last picture just tugs at my heart. those are the sweetest puppy dog eyes ive seen in a while. its so heartbreaking weeks like these. im very sorry you have to go through all of this but soon things will look up. the storm has to pass.and our angel chico will just have to add another member to his tour guide of the rainbow bridge.

  6. that face makes me want to cry a little bit

  7. Oh, my heart aches for all these losses. It's hard enough, but to lose them all so close together seems especially unfair. I hope you know that we are all grieving with you for these dear, sweet souls.

    Amber (Mayzie's mom)

  8. You broke my hear tonight. Run free sweet Nereus...

  9. Oh Pibble, we are really sorry to hear that. Nereus was such a beautiful puppy. We think A is very brave to be able to take the decisions she has to take.
    Goodbye Nereus, we know u will now be happy and painfree and in a beautiful place.

    Bud n Gin

  10. It's so sad and difficult for us, but I'm always so proud of those who can hold the hand (or paw) of those passing into death. I know it's hard on us, but a great comfort to them. thank you.


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