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Comedian Sarah Silverman's moving farewell to her beloved dog

Zoesnow_thumb By MissT | September 05, 2013 | Comments (37)


Duck was rescued from a shelter by comedian Sarah Silverman. This week she had to say 'goodbye' to her constant companion of 14 years. She wrote this touching farewell note to Duck on her WhoSay page:

"Duck 'Doug' Silverman came into my life about 14 years ago. He was picked up by the State running through South Central with no collar, tags or chip. Nobody claimed or adopted him so a no-kill shelter took him in. That’s where I found him — at that shelter, in Van Nuys. Since then we have slept most every night together (and many lazy afternoons.) When we first met, the vet approximated his age at 5½ so I’d say he was about 19 as of yesterday, September 3, 2013.

He was a happy dog, though serene. And stoic. And he loved love.

Over the past few years he became blind, deaf, and arthritic. But with a great vet, good meds, and a first rate seeing-eye person named me, he truly seemed comfortable.

Recently, however, he stopped eating or drinking. He was skin and bones and so weak. I couldn’t figure out this hunger strike. Duck had never been political before. And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go.

My boyfriend Kyle flew in late last night and took the day off from work to be with us. We laid in bed and massaged his tiny body, as we love to do – hearing his little "I'm in heaven" breaths.

The doctor came and Kyle, my sister, Laura and I laid on the bed. I held him close – in our usual spoon position and stroked him. I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love. The doctor gave him a shot and he fell asleep, and then another that was basically an overdose of sleeping meds. I held him and kissed him and whispered to him well passed his passing. I picked him up and his body was limp – you don’t think about the head – it just falls. I held him so tight. And then finally, when his body lost its heat, and I could sense the doctor thinking about the imminent rush hour traffic, I handed him over.

14 years.

My longest relationship.

My only experience of maternal love.

My constant companion.

My best friend.



via whosay.com





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Comments on this Article

I too feel the pain.ive lost 2>>>14 yr old weenue dogs..my latest april..I stayed with them..i also lost a dalmation..they were old but loved so very much..i am still grieving my last weiner dog named scooter,,we have another dog we got from the animal shelter,,she us a che wa wa.. I cant spell it..she is very sweet and loving and all my dogs slept with me and hubby.i lost a son in 88 and it was like losing him all over..the hurt will never go away..you just take it day by day
All pets go to heaven....dogs, cats, fish, horses,reptiles.....so I intend to be a good person and see all my "babies" again.....hope there are frisbees and tennis balls:)
That was the saddest note and I am so sorry for your loss. I have not yet experienced passing of an animal friend but I do have two rescued dogs, a Chessie named Pepsi & a Chihuahua/Terrier Mix named Jumbo. Pepsi is still young only 5 years old but my Jumbo is in his senior years and lately I can see that he doesn't have to much longer. His body is arthritic and I know he is in pain and I am TERRIFIED of even thinking about saying goodbye. My dogs are like my kids and don't know how I can ever prepare myself for goodbyes.
I feel your pain,i also had to say goodbye,to my long time friend on the same day,she was a 14yo pit bull named moosey that had belonged to my son Nathan,who passed away on his 21st birthday...and we both went through that sad time together,then loss my husband in 2008 from cancer.We then became best friends,it was just her and me living together,she slept beside me on the couch all the time,she was blind from a young age,but did really well,then this past summer started to fail,and slowly stopped eating,she always loved to eat,so when she became skin and bones,i could not watch her stave.I think the reason a loss of a pet is so difficult... they have an ever lasting presence !!!
I`m sorry for your loss. I had to put my little friend down this morning. Worst day of my life... Lili was 13 years old and she was not eating and drinking anymore too. She had a heart condition, and her liver was not working anymore. At least she is not in pain anymore...
My Mini Schnauzer, Riley, a companion of 8 years was sadly diagnosed with cancer this past Jan 2nd. The vet gave her a shot that would help with just a couple more days with her. That lasted a week and I had to make the heartbreaking trip. As I sat there with a heavy heart knowing the outcome of this trip, I processed all the GREAT times we had spent together. As Riley crossed "Rainbow Bridge", I held her so tight. My face streaming with a flood of tears, this coming from a man that stands 6' 6" and 260 lbs. I lost the most loving, loyal, and smartest friend I had ever had that day.My wish this morning and every morning is.."just a couple more days".
I feel your pain and loss. So much love has been given for so many years. Special bonds between humans and their pets make the loss so difficult to handle. You did the right thing and Duck will have known this. You can feel the gratitude that you have been blessed to know the love of a dog. A dog is not a dog, it is a member of the family and to lose them is just like losing a family member. Our family has been through this and after 12 months we still mourn and will do for a long time. Duck is now on Rainbow bridge and will be looking over you.
I know how it feels. Our family had to put our precious little one down too. We miss her dearly; but one thing for sure we will see her again in heaven.
Duck, I'm sure your mom will miss you a great deal, but the good thing is that the light you brought into her life will never be turned off. You will always be with her. Go in peace, buddy. <3
Been there; know exactly what you are feeling.
My Cocker Spaniel, Maggie was 17 years old when she crossed the rainbow bridge on the same day as Duck, September 3. She was also blind and deaf, but the absolutely sweetest girl you could ever meet. I feel your pain, Sarah. I told her to wait for me at the rainbow bridge and that I would look for her. Duck will wait for you, too. If there are no dogs in heaven, I'm not going.
So Sorry for your loss. My beloved Riley was only 6 1/2 when he passed away. He hadn't been sick a day in his life and was the most spoiled well cared for best friend I have ever had. He collapsed one day and I layed with him frantically not knowing what to do and he died in my arms.... I have never been the same since. I lost the only one thing I have ever known real love with. I never understood unconditional love like this before and probably with never have it again. I miss you Riley....
So sad but he had such a great life with you. I lost my boy in May. I'd had him since he was 6 weeks old and he died aged 17 years and 8 months. He too just didn't want to eat anymore . He was tired. It was his time to leave me.
I watched "doug" duck on her show for those years she and he were on , he was a great actor, i loved his work , and i just heard that he passed to the bridge with my Chancey boy and gumbo girl, love u guys always!
Go well,Duck.Sarah's Darling.
Sarah so sorry for your loss...am sure Duck is happily playing with all his friends over the Rainbow Bridge...he is free of pain and enjoying his life waiting for you....take care...
Oh such a beautiful story. We have just gone down this path 5 weeks ago with our 16 year old Golden Cocker Spaniel named Rusty. He was our ''Little Old Man''who we all loved to death.We had Rusty cremated and he lives on our coffee table with our Labrador Gemma,who left us in 1996. It sure does hurt heaps. I can still hear Rusty run down outside our bedroom window in the mornings.I know they are all up over that Rainbow Bridge, playing together. And I know they will be there to meet me when I cross the bridge to them.R.I.P. Duck ,you are an angel too.O:) O:)
Sarah, I'm sorry for your loss. We recently lost our Beagle and are going thru a really tough time. She was our best friend and will be greatly missed. Please know you're not alone in your sadness and every day will get a smidge better (even if it's a freakin tiny smidge).
So sorry for your loss. Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...
i am so sorry for your loss. tonight I have come to the realization it to is time to say goodbye to my first born. she is 13. I have had her since she was two weeks old. her mom died of a heat stroke. she too sleeps with me every night cuddled right up next to me or between my husband and I. this is going to be the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. but I know she is in pain and not doing it is just selfish. i want you to know your letter has brought me much comfort in the decision I have to make. thank you for that. i hope the pain in your heart will ease a little every day. again thank you
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