November 27, 2009

Hard to Focus Friday ~ Saying Goodbye to our Boy Ninja

Hard to write this weeks Focus on Friday Blog Entry but ~ Tonight has been very hard, infact all day has been hard.  I know what my children do not - I know that our dog will not be here with us tomorrow night.  I am being selfish by crying about this, but we love our dog so much and we know that keeping him alive is not the right thing to do.  He has been an amazing dog for our young family. Here are a few photos of tonight Boys with Ninja!

August 2001 I get a phone call while at work from my darling husband asking if we would like to take in Ninja, a black lab who we have known since he was a puppy.  My husbands friend were unable to keep all their dogs after the adoption of their two children and they knew how much Troy loved ninja and bonded with him while living with his friends.  So after a day of thought we decided that he would be a great additon to our home before our first bundle of joy arrived later that fall (12/2001).

Ninja was a great addition to our home espcially after our little one was born, he really took a licking to Trevor and the only thing that he disliked was the crying (but hey so did we!!).  While home on maternity leave Ninja would not be far out of reach of me or the new baby, very protective of his baby!  Patience was one of Ninja's greatest attributes, patience with a crawlling little baby boy, a baby boy who loves to PAT him on the head, pull on his tail and jump on him like a horse.  And through it all he was calm and patient. Ninja is a great friend and will be deeply missed.  As many of you have expereinced the loss of a pet, you understand what pain you have to go through.  For those who have yet to go through this, I will pray for you as all of you have prayed for our family during this difficult time. Thanks! 

Here are a few things I found helpful as we plan for this  ~ A Friend sent this along to me and I found it helpful in being able to talk with our children.

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....

"I Miss My Pet: A workbook for children about pet loss" by Katie Nurmi ©2002. This workbook let's children work through the loss of a pet by teaching the child that their feelings are impotant and respected. They will also learn that respect for all living creatures is an important aspect of growing up.

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Blogger Ben D. said...

Jennifer... know I am praying with and for you all... especially the boys. Losing a pet is always hard. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

November 28, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

November 28, 2009 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger JRomamma said...

Thank you both - been a real hard day and poured into tonight!

November 28, 2009 at 10:41 PM  

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