Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Xena. 2001 - 2011

My Xena, my Girly-Girl, my Xena Ballerina, my Zeenees, my Best Girl, is gone. She came into my life when I needed her the most and was a loving, devoted, sensitive and loyal companion. She's been telling me over the past few weeks that she wasn't happy, and this morning she told me it was time to go. My vet, Dr. Mariko Kramer from the Santa Clarita Animal Hospital and her tech Janice came over this afternoon and put her to sleep. Dr. Kramer and Janice were wonderful: kind and sensitive and not afraid to cry themselves. My best friend Kris, her daughter and my goddaughter Sara and Sara's boyfriend Marcus were also here. I want to thank all of them for being here.

I'm still not able to talk or write much about it, but wanted to share some photos of her over the years. I know so many of you have wished her well since she got sick last summer, so I want to thank all of you so much for your support. You may think your comments to a blog don't mean much, but they do. They really do.

Xena is in a better place now.











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25 comments:

PAUL BISHOP said...

What a lovely tribute to a sweet spirit. Long may she live in your heart until the time comes to be together again . . .

Bill Crider said...

My sympathies, Laurie. Losing a friend like Xena is always tough.

Ed Hulse said...

Laurie, I hardly know what to say, other than that I know exactly how you feel. I've had the same awful responsibility fall on my shoulders, and I've experienced the same heartbreaking loss. There's nothing like having to say goodbye to a beloved pet, and even though our dog was desperately ill, letting her go was the hardest thing I'd had to do up to that point in my life.

You and Xena are in my thoughts tonight.

Barry Traylor said...

I feel as sad as I did when I lost my cats Spooky and Sabrina.
So sorry.

Laurie Powers said...

Thank you, guys. I appreciate it. What a lovely thing to say, Paul. Bill, I'm already missing her terribly. Ed, I know you've been through the same thing - thank you for thinking of us. Barry, it is hard - I don't know how it will be tomorrow morning. Xena was with me for 8 years, so it's going to be an adjustment. I don't know how Annie is going to deal with it.

Walker Martin said...

From your past posts about Xena, I knew this day must be coming and I'm sorry you have to deal with such a loss. I went through it with my dog a long time ago and I know the pain you must be feeling. But Xena must now be in a better place without illness.

Ron Scheer said...

I've loved your photos of Xena. Always such a beautiful and expressive face. So hard to accept that she's gone. I sorrow with you.

James Reasoner said...

Laurie, I'm so sorry. It's a terribly hard thing to go through. I've been there and will be again. Try to remember all the great times the two of you had.

Evan Lewis said...

The blogosphere is a sadder place today.

Deka Black said...

i feel now like when my Baby (the name was my sister's idea) died in front of me. I'm so sorry :(

Rick said...

I'm so sorry.

Charles Gramlich said...

A beautiful lady. I'm sorry for your loss.

Alt├ęs said...

I'm so sorry Laurie...

WRITING FOR THE BRAND said...

Laurie,

I've been following your blog since reading PULP WRITER and feel I got to know Xena. My dogs are my best friends in all the world, and do know how you feel. I lost Buck in August but I still have his brother Thor and his mother, Stella. But they'll be heading over the divide soon and I dread the thought. Thor's my Three-Legged god of Thunder--though he's deathly afraid of it--and is always right up against my leg as I write.

I'm going to miss Xena. Take care!

Pete Brandvold

Steve M said...

Really sorry to read this Laurie. Thinking of you.

Chap O'Keefe said...

Deepest sympathy. And thanks for the chance to see some of those beautiful pictures again.

Cap'n Bob said...

I can't express my sorrow for you but I know how devastated you must feel. She was a lovely dog. I hope she's romping happily in shepherd heaven with my old boy Spike.

Richard R. said...

Oh! Laurie, I am so, so sorry. Like our beloved Charlotte - and only 2 days later - we had the signals for a while, but that doesn't make it a bit easier. Go ahead and let yourself grieve, and you won't be the only one. I too knew this day must be coming, but that empty spot in your home and heart will take a while to fill in.

Oscar said...

Our condolences on the loss of your best girlfriend, Xena. A sadder moment, there can't be. May your spirits be enlivened knowing that she is in a better place.

Laurie Powers said...

I'm still too exhausted to thank each one of you individually, but I do want to say thank you so much. Today has been a little better for me, but I think it's just now starting to hit Annie.

David Cranmer said...

So sorry to hear this, Laurie. Lovely tribute.

Madison said...

I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss, and I wish you the best in the days to come.

Anonymous said...

I can't add anything that other commenters haven't already said, but I have been through the loss of a beloved pet, also, and I think I know how you feel.

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