Saturday, November 14, 2015

Because I'm Batman - RIP Sweet Boy

Oh how this sweet boy will be missed.  Batman came to Lost Angels about 8 years ago.  Desiree got a call about a dog who had been run over.  Come to find out, he had been run over by his own "family" and left in pain and agony for two weeks.  We took him in immediately and got him the help he needed.  Batman had to have a metal plate and 7 pins put in his leg, it never slowed him down for a minute.  He recovered wonderfully and became my foster.  Around this time my parents were looking for a dog for themselves and my little brothers.  I just knew Batman was perfect for them.  Boy was I right!  He stole all of our hearts.  Batman was an affectionate boy with soulful eyes who loves to snuggle.  He was so funny when someone he loved came over that he hadn't seen in a while and would run around with excitement and whine a little bit until you showed him the attention he deserved.  He became a best friend to my brothers, and a fourth child to my parents.  He loved to sneak food off the kitchen counters when no one was looking (we are still not sure how he always managed to get up there)!  He had a special hiding place for his stash underneath my parents bed.  He had a wonderful life with my family and went to dog parks, camping, kayaking, and on trips to NC and the beach.

Batman was diagnosed with cancer.  It started on his foot and my parents had it removed several times.  Unfortunately, it was a very aggressive form of cancer, and a few months ago the decision was made to stop putting him through surgeries and allow him to live the rest of his life as comfortably as possible.  The vet actually can't believe he made it as long as he did.  As my brother Jake said, he kicked cancers butt for as long as he could to stay with us.

This past week, he had a very bad night, and his mommy knew it was time.  She held him in her arms while we let him go to rainbow bridge.

Letting go is never easy, but I find so much comfort knowing he was given the very best of everything while he was here.  Knowing that he received so much love that so many dogs never get to experience.

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.