Thursday, July 30, 2009

Goodbye old friend

Our best buddy Harry passed away last week. He died in my arms, my face buried in his fur. The Yarn Widower was there too with his hand resting on his head. I don't think Harry quite knew what was going on as he had been confused for a while so I pray that he wasn't feeling too much pain and that he knew he was loved and cherished.

Harry was fifteen. Old for a Jack Russell. Along with his canine dementia, he had spinal cord impingement and was unable to walk without help. In the last week or so, he couldn't get up or even stand. I like to think that we helped him as best we could. But he cried a lot. Even with the pain medication.

Two months ago, the Yarn Widower built him a wheelchair so he could still get outside and go for his walks. It gave Harry enough support so that we could mosey over to the fire hydrant and he could mark it as his. He seemed to like it, I think. He would patiently wait to be strapped in so he could gad about.

Nice wheels, Mister H!

He'd always been such an active guy. True to his terrier nature, he could chase the ball with the best of them. Often he would tire me out before he'd even dream of quitting. I think his eyesight and back legs failed him before his enthusiasm for the hunt waned. Squirrels and tennis balls the world over have less to fear now that Harry is gone.

He was a great friend and confidante. He made me happy when not much in this world made me happy. He chased away my loneliness and fear. He gave me comfort and unlimited love. I will always be grateful for him. No matter how much sadness I feel at his loss, I thank whatever gods may be for sending Harry my way. Rest well, sweet Harry. We'll meet again in the next life.

Harry Kim Schmidt


  1. oh sung-ji...
    i am so so
    sad to hear
    about harry.
    i know how
    hard it is
    to lose
    your best
    animal friend...
    sending tons
    of xoxox
    to you
    and little
    wherever he is now.

  2. Farewell, old friend; reassuring to know that I'll see you on the other side, where perhaps you'll be able to communicate with me even more clearly. Not that you needed words...

  3. Dear Sung-Ji and Greg-

    We're so sorry to hear that Harry passed away. He was such a sweet, loving doggie. He was so lucky to have people who loved him so much and took such special care of him, even providing him with doggie wheels in his old age. It's hard to hold your beloved pet when you have to let him go, but Harry felt your love for him throughout his life, even to the end. Our condolences to you both,

    Alison and Jay

  4. Vidamae and I are thinking about you. Harry was probably the last of Vida's old dog friends.

    love Maggie

  5. Thanks, everybody for your empathy. It means a great deal to me to be able to write and talk about this. Otherwise it would be too much to bear.