Wednesday, July 30, 2014

27 July 2014

On Thursday, July 24 we said goodbye to our dearest boy Milo.

Life had become very challenging for Milo as his mobility had decreased to the point where daily trips out to potty were becoming increasingly arduous for him and he needed assistance not only to rise, but to potty without collapsing.

While logically I know that quality of life over quantity of life is the best thing we can offer our beloved pets, it is a very different journey emotionally.  I wanted so much for him to rally and share more time with all of us, but he was existing and not living.

It was a terrible decision to have to make, but it was the kindest thing for him.

I was so grateful to our vet who helped us navigate through the many health issues and, for this final visit, allowed Milo to rest comfortably in the grass outside the clinic and drift off to sleep.  No stress from slippery tiles and medicinal rooms.

Milo was so very loved and so very missed by me and by the many who shared his journey.  

Sleep well my friend.  There have been many tears for you.  


  1. Thank you for sharing this with us. Milo was special and you helped him learn just how special and wonderful he truly was.

  2. That photo of him shows how much he appreciated all that you did for him. Now he can play and run without pain. You did what was best for him. Thank you for sharing all the Milo stories with us.

  3. I will always love this sweet boy. He is a rags to riches story, touching many lives along the way. Thank you, Andi.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for loving and caring for Milo. Such a dear boy.

  5. I am a Red Lake Rosie's volunteer and board member, and met Milo when he was in the holding pen at Polly's home in Red Lake. He was so obviously a sweet boy who just needed love and care. I followed his blog with you for quite a while. I am sad to see that he has crossed over and left his family here, but I am so glad that he spent his last few years with you and had such loving people around him. I especially love the pictures of him herding and being with children, the things he was born to do. Thank you for all that you and others gave him! Carol

  6. I just saw this post now & I too offer my condolences. I know your pain & grieve with you. I miss my boy yet, Braveheart, and he left me 4 yrs ago. One never gets over the pain of losing a beloved friend. Thanks for telling your story.

  7. Missing you, dear sweet Milo, but I think of you fondly each and every day.