Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 178: Farewell to Egan

My good friend, S, and her wife, N, had to put their beloved dog Egan to sleep today.  Egan has been with them for their entire relationship, as she was just a puppy when they got her.  She lived a full life and was 15 year, 4 months old when she finished her journey in this world.

Farewell, sweet Egan.

You were a wonderful companion to S and N and experienced so many different things with them.  They loved you so very much, and I know you felt the same.

I was honored to be with all of them this evening at Midtown Animal Hospital, when the caring and kind Dr. Rose helped Egan to peacefully transition.  The entire staff at MAH are so supportive and empathetic, as Mr. E and I personally experienced when we had to make the same decision about Miss Muffin back in 2008.

I think the quotations below may accurately capture at least some of what S and N are likely feeling right now.

She died as she had been born and as she had lived, in my care, and surrounded by those who loved her.
Vicki W. Fowler

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.
John Galsworthy

I guess you don't really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.
Joe Garagiola

If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.
Marjorie Garber


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