Farewell Sophie Epilogue and New Beginnings

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First, my sincere gratitude for all of the kind comments on this blog, Facebook, and Twitter for my Farewell to Sophie post. I was overwhelmed, in a good way. Also in a healing way. It is hard though. When I read these types of posts from others, words seem so inadequate – I don’t have the right ones – or people say what I wish I had thought to say. This experience taught me that it is ok. Just “showing up” means so much to those going through it, and I am doing more of that from now on.

I mentioned the beautiful skies. I may have had more cloud photos than Sophie photos in that post. But bear with me – I have one more to share. This one from my best friend DrZ, the brilliant veterinary internist who did the bulk of Sophie’s medical workup. She is in Portland, Oregon, and if you are at all familiar with this beautiful northwest city, you will know that it rains. A LOT. The skies are typically gray this time of year, and that is fine by me. DrZ knew Sophie well, was saddened by her loss too. Early the next morning, she texted me this unusual photo. Unusual considering the “gray norm” for Portland skies:


Just for a moment, then it was gone.

There is always a silver lining. In this case, it was the kind comments from so many people, and the conversations that followed. One of those conversations was with Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate me fame. She knows that in-between time well, living with her dog Frankie, a senior diabetic dog who has Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD).

I learned about her decision to work with a house call veterinarian to assess Frankie’s quality of life and help with this always-difficult-decision process.

I am grateful that Edie agreed to an interview to help others learn more: Hospice Help: My Interview with Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me.

Thank you, Edie.

This is a two-part series. Later this week, the veterinary perspective – my interview with Dr.V of Pawcurious, who is offering this service to clients.