1.02.2013

sad news

my favorite photo of Atty and Lili
I am very sad to let you know that we put our beloved great Pyrenees dog Atticus to sleep on Christmas Eve. A host of things were going on with him, but it was ultimately that the ligaments in his back legs gave out. It was a heart-wrenching decision, and we were blessed to have my family surrounding us with love that evening. My stepfather helped carry Atticus and accompanied Alex to the emergency vet. My father and Dave helped me dig a four foot grave by moonlight. Everyone helped keep our kids happy while we tried to figure out what to do. Lili and Seo went to sleep excited about Santa and unknowing of Atticus's death. After Atticus was buried, Alex and I filled our kids stockings and cried. The joy and sorrow was almost too much.

The Carmonas were in Utah for the holidays and it was very hard to not have the other half of Atticus's family here to say goodbye and share in the grief. I expect when they return home there will be a lot more tears shed and happy memories of our big sweet dog shared.

4 comments:

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

uugh, that's really sad. hope everyone is coping ok.

chris said...

Oh, what a beautiful dog your Atticus was!! I am so sorry this happened to your family. You must have such wonderful memories...

Erin said...

Oh Kelc, Alex, and the Carmona's....my heart and love goes out to you. What a sweet, huge dog he was. I was alwasys so amazed at his gentle nature for such a big dog. I will remember him fondly. I hope he is at peace and out of pain. Love you guys.

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

oh no! i have 2 dogs and have grown up surrounded by them, i am so sorry, i know that pain xxx