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Name: Leslie Risling
Profession: Retired Flight Attendant
About Me: I have recently retired after 35 years of flying as a Flight Attendant at a major air carrier in Canada. We recently lost our beautiful Bichon Shih Tzu cross, Rosie, who passed away Dec 17, 2013. Truly devastating for our family and it has been so very difficult to let her go. I hope to some day adopt a new dog, or rescue an older dog. Rosie's best friend, Homer, lives next door and he is struggling with his loss. He is a very handsome 3 yr old white chocolate Havanese. Rosie and Homer had a remarkable relationship, she was an old sick pup and he was particularly aware of her declining health. For the first 2 years of Homer's life Rosie pretty much showed him the ropes so to speak. During Rosie's last year of declining health this little Havanese returned the favour tenfold and with gentle patience he guided her through the twilight of her life. I miss my little girl so badly and at times my mind hurts so much, so much so that I can't find the words. I recently composed a letter and posted,... a "Letter from Rosie" on the Rainbow Bridge part of this forum. This was a writing exercise I was given at grief counselling... It was hard..no other way to say it....I guess my councillor could see me struggle with expressing feelings of grief, particularly feeling's of guilt about end of life choices when making them for our pets. My brother in-law passed on a quote from a pet behaviourist regarding terrible guilt feelings..." If you had no doubts at all, you waited too long "... when ever I feel guilty about Rosie's euthanasia I concentrate on that quote and it does help. Rosie's last day with us was spent enjoying all her favourites, we shared a very gentle walk through parts of Police Point Park, she met Homer at the fence for the morning ritual of sharing treats, she snuggled the rest of the afternoon with me getting soft rubs and sweet puppy whispers. Rosie's family surrounded her and held her tight as a very caring and companionate veterinarian helped us say goodbye to the most beautiful black and white puppy that we've ever had the pleasure to know!.......Leslie Risling

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Letter from Rosie

Mommy, If I could make one wish come true, it would be to show you how happy I am. My legs don't hurt anymore .. there are no stairs .. my eyes are clear .. with no more tears. There are green meadows lined with beautiful flowers .. the birds are singing and there are soooo many puppies. Mommy .. you should see all the puppies! They came running up to me .. greetings with...
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Hi Leslie thanks for connecting. I also have a past in aviation having flown a couple of thousand hours in small planes. I now work as a business advisor helping small companies develop their presence, but I am also very interested in the welfare of all animals.
Sandy, thank you so much for your comforting comments, I still find it very difficult coming back to see my little girls face and then reading her letter just makes the tears flow even more. I certainly do want to adopt or rescue a new or even a senior dog would be fine. I do have an extra warm spot in my heart for seniors...they need forever homes as well. Thank you again!
Your sweet Rosie looked a lot like my Mable the Shih Tzu I lost in 2012. She was sick for a long time, so we knew it was going to happen, but it never gets any easier. If it did, you probably shouldn't have a dog in the first place. Unfortunately, a month later we lost our Briard Gershwin. We still haven't recovered from these deaths. I don't know if we ever will. We are now left with our rescued Laphso Apso.(Spelling?) He's a great little dog. Unfortunately we were never able to house break him. We know and have tried every trick in the book. When we realized it was impossible we already loved him, and wouldn't dream of giving him back. So now he walks around wearing a special belt with a disposable pad in. I know your pain is great right now, but I would encourage you to rescue another dog as soon as possible. It will change your life for the better, and it will certainly make an incredible difference in the dog's life. One extra day in a shelter is too long. I volunteered in a beautfiul local shelter for 7 years. Often people would come in to visit who'd lost their dogs. Often they would say to me they weren't going to get another because they couldn't go through the pain of loss again, and they also felt guilty about not morning the lost dog enough. I always told them that the people who felt shattered , were the exact people who should have a dog, and the greatest honor they could give to the dog who passed was to save another dog's life. I hope this helps you in some way.
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