Went to Rainbow Bridge 23 May 2011



We are so sad to have had to say goodbye to our precious Poppy. 6 month old Poppy arrived at Many Tears in Sept 2009 with a liver shunt. My vet offered to do a life-saving op so she came to me a week later, but sadly a scan showed multiple inoperable shunts and she was given only 6 weeks to live. But Poppy defied everything and blossomed into a loving, adorable girl, and we adopted her as our own. As the months went by we were so hopeful that she was going to live for an awful lot longer than predicted. Sadly, in March 2011, she became very ill, and after numerous tests, she was diagnosed with Meningitis, and we thought we were going to lose her, but her fighting spirit again shone through and we eventually brought her home, weak but on the long road to recovery.

Sadly, the hand of fate was about to deal Poppy yet another cruel blow. Poppy had previously been diagnosed with a slightly herniated disc in 2010, which had healed quickly, or so we thought. 8 weeks into her recovery from Meningitis, her disc herniated more and she was put on complete crate rest, but she slowly deteriorated, and within 2 weeks Poppy had become paralysed.

On May 23rd 2011, I held her while our lovely vet helped her to a better place, where she will run free without a care in the world.

Poppy was one of the most kind, gentle and loving puppies you could ever wish to meet, and to lose her life at just 2 years old was just devastating. She is going to leave a huge hole in our lives and an ache in our hearts. God bless you, our sweet girl.

If it should be that I grow weak,
And my pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle can't be won

You'd not want me to suffer, so,
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see

I know in time that you will see,
It is a kindness that you do to me.
Although my tail it's last has waved
From pain and suffering I have been saved

And please don't grieve it should be you,
Who has to decide this thing to do?
We've been so close these past 2 years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears


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2009 Irish Retriever Rescue UK