Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Sad Goodbye to Lyra

If everything goes as planned, we always have to say goodbye to the animals we rescue. It's a bittersweet feeling when one of your foster pets gets adopted. You feel sadness in knowing you may never see that sweet face again, but you also feel joy in knowing you are giving them the ultimate gift - a real family.

The nature of fostering is that we always have to say goodbye, but most of the time it is a happy occasion. Sadly, today we say goodbye to Lyra, and it is not a happy ending. Lyra passed away during a routine dental procedure. It is rare, but there is always a risk with anesthesia. She had an adopter waiting to take her home but never got that chance.

Lyra's foster mom, Lil Bridgeman, remembers her with a laugh.
Friday night during the snow storm when I got home from my folks, I had no power. I put my packages on the couch and let the dogs out. Thought everybody went out and went to find candles. That's when I saw Lyra on the couch eating my subway sub. She didn't like tomatoes at all (apparently) and had pulled those off but otherwise ate about 6" of sub before I caught her. She was so bloated that she was as big around as she was long and didn't feel too good for about a day or so.

She was a pistol and wasn't afraid of any of the dogs and would let them know right away she was down on the ground. She would run around the yard barking letting all the neighbors know she had come outside. She was the funniest thing to watch.   
Safe travels over the Rainbow Bridge, Lyra. Thanks for the memories.


  1. Lyra,

    My heart breaks knowing that you never reached your forever home. However, I know you had a wonderful foster mom and step-siblings. I am happy that you passed away knowing how it feels to be loved!


  2. Going to miss the little stink pot. She always made me smile no matter how bad my day was. And she LOVED to give kisses =)

  3. I am so sorry for the poor little girl... but am happy knowing that she was in a great home and knew what it's like to be loved and cared for!