A Sad Day

Posted by Rebecca

Yesterday I made the heartbreaking decision to have my sweet Cassi put to sleep.  Her cancer recently spread to her lymph nodes, and had become quite aggressive.

This past week has seen horrible loss and tragedy in the world, and I know this does not compare.  But Cassi was part of my world, and things aren’t going to be quite the same without her.


Thank you for spending your life with me, Cassi.  It’s been great!

Rebecca Knabe


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30 thoughts on “A Sad Day

  1. Rebecca,
    So sorry about the loss of your friend. It’s takes enormous courage to make the decision that will relieve your loved one of pain and suffering, and in return cause you immense pain and suffering. I think that’s evidence of love.

  2. my thoughts and prayers go out to you. No matter what else is happening in the world, no tragedy in your personal life should be minimized. This is one of the hardest and bravest things we are called to do as animal parents. She’s in a better place, free from her suffering. You gave her the best life possible while she was here and I’m sure you have a lot of great memories to hold onto in your heart. You never quite know how much space they take up in your heart until they are gone and then it just feels so empty. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her story with us. She was such a beautiful dog.
    All the best,

  3. At least the good lord gives us the power to do so. It has been a little over a year ago that I had to make this decision.

  4. Oh Rebecca I’m so sorry ,I know how much Cassi meant to you,unconditional love,
    they are there for us thru thick and thin…Love Elaine

  5. My thoughts and prayer are with you at this time. It is hard to “let go” but you did the right thing by Cassi and she knows it! My pack sends you Boston and Chihuahua kisses and I give you a {{{{big hug}}}} from Victoria, BC!

  6. I’m so very sorry for your loss. It is heartbreaking to say goodbye to a best friend. A human friend of mine who recently went through this said of her canine friend: Now I never have to feel bad when I go out because he’s with me all the time, everywhere. That’s been my experience, too. I now have a large invisible pack that come, like the good dogs they are, whenever they are called. I wish you gentle grieving.

  7. Your pain is in my heart. I know the feeling. So sorry. It won’t be the same for a long while. Grieve as long as you have to.
    I still miss my Rex, altho’ we now have Max. Need a hug? I am there.

  8. Oh, no!! I am so, SO sorry to hear about your loss. We had to make the very, very hard decision last year to put my 23 (?) year old cat to sleep. I’d had her since I was 8. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it was the right one, to end her suffering. I felt like I was losing a part of myself. I am so sorry to hear that you had to make this decision, too. Sending you big hugs and calming thoughts. (Last night I was sitting on the couch at this house I am house-sitting around this same time of the evening and I looked down and I had a lady bug crawling on my chest! I was so startled (A ladybug indoors? In December?) and I had three different friends say that it was symbolically either good luck or the spirit of an old friend no longer there. I have had several losses of people/animals who were important to me and I’d like to think it was a way to be checked on by these spirits. Maybe this story has nothing to do with anything in your case, but I just felt like sharing. I’m just really, really sorry about your sweet girl. :o(

    • Thanks for your sentiments, Brittany. I can’t imagine how hard it was to let go of your cat after all those years. But, you’re right – it’s the right decision, as hard as it is. I feel like I’ve lost a part of myself too.

  9. Rebecca, I grieve right along with you. I know how hard it was to make that decision for my Boston Fred. The love you shared will always be there in your heart. Always remember how much you loved each other. I’ll be praying for you during your healing.

  10. I just read of your loss and I’d like to delurk to wish you my sincere condolences. I had to put my 17 year old cat down last year and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But he was a good cat and he deserved a painless, comfortable, loving passing. Once his quality of life declined I knew it was time for me to step up and do the hard thing — the incredibly hard thing.

    Grieve. Don’t let anybody tell you “it was just a dog”. She wasn’t. She was your friend. And a good friend deserves mourning and grief and sadness.

    Hang in there. It gets easier. Blessings for the new year.

  11. I am so sorry to hear about Cassi, I went through this back in 2008, and I think of my poor Dash all the time, you loved her to the fullest and that’s all that matters.

  12. Oh Rebecca, I am so sorry. I just read the sad news now. What a blessing Cassie was in your life. She was a beauty to be admired and carried around in your heart forever. I know the pain of this all to well. Be good to yourself in these coming months for they are the hardest. You did right by her and she is in a good place….I’m sad for you that you are hurting. I will keep you and Cassie in my thoughts. Big hugs.

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