Huge Ball of Suck: Dana, RIP


From The House Dog’s Grave, by Robinson Jeffers:

I hope than when you are lying

Under the ground like me your lives will appear
As good and joyful as mine.
No, dear, that’s too much hope: you are not so well cared for As I have been.

And never have known the passionate undivided Fidelities that I knew.
Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided. . . . But to me you were true.

You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend. I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

This has been a very rough couple of days here. We just had to send our precious Dana, who we adopted from Hinsdale Humane Society in 2002, to the Rainbow Bridge. I want to thank the vets at the Countryside Veterinary Center. They were terrific, and made a very difficult situation a little easier with their kind, compassionate care. Her passing was very peaceful, thanks to them. She was 14, which is an amazing long life for a big beautiful girl like her.

I held her as she drew her last breath, and I shall thank God every day for the joy she brought into our lives. I’m sure some day it won’t be so raw and hurt so much. Even with all the pain and loss we are feeling, we wouldn’t trade it for never have loved her and lived with her. She was a very special dog, a real character, and a gorgeous creature, as you can see here.


Dana_2001-05-08__20-35-02_I love you, Daddy!_@TeriO'Brien(2001)

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Dana_2011-05-18__16-58-40_IMG_0035_@TeriO'Brien(2011)Things around here aren’t going to be the same. That’s for sure.



  1. sounds like you had a wonderful 8 years with wonderful dana

  2. or 12 years

  3. My deepest condolences on your loss.

  4. As I mentioned before, I can understand your and your husband’s pain… We lost our Mollie a year ago in September to lymphoma, and she took her last breath while in our arms. The hurt eases with time, but tonight I cried some for both Mollie and Dana…

    • MSgt, I am so sorry to hear about Mollie, but I know that you gave her a good, happy life, and that’s all we can do for them. That, and when it’s time, end their suffering. Ours, on the other hand, goes on. Thanks so much for your condolences.

  5. Teri;
    Condolences to you and your family. She was not a pet, she was a member of the family. I am very sorry.

  6. Sincere sympathy on your painful loss .. We lost our 14 year-old , 110 pound Lab/Dobe (Koty) 9 months ago.. He was the first and last dog we shall ever have.. I’ve been blessed with 2 great wives , and 3 wonderful kids , but I never knew such constant love as Koty freely gave …. (N.Va.)

    • Thanks so very much. Our Dana was also 14, and like Koty, for a big dog, she outlived her life expectancy by about 2 years. Still, we are miserable missing her. Everything we do reminds us of her because she was involved in every aspect of our lives. Thanks so much for sharing your condolences. The support I have gotten from all of you has helped very much. God bless you! (and please think about adopting another dog from a shelter. There are so many who need a good, loving, forever home)

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