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Kissing Miss Bronzy For the Last Time

Updated on September 24, 2011
Bronzy's Sixth Birthday 2011
Bronzy's Sixth Birthday 2011

She would be like any other puppy, if not for those eyes that could talk.

Kissing Miss Bronzy For the Last Time

On Sunday 28 August 2011, We kissed Miss Bronzy for the last time. Miss Bronzy was our six year old golden retriever who left us with sweet memories of six golden years.
Miss Bronzy arrived at our home when she was two months old and got us at the first hello. She would be like any other puppy, if not for those eyes that could talk. One single glance was adequate to say "I want to be your friend", "Be kind to me, I'm scared" and even "You are my everything and I love you, and can I have some of that ice-cream". It didn't take me long to realize why my friend Arthur opined that his dog changed his life. Loving Miss Bronzy did not happen easily when the troublesome months arrived together with ripped apart clothing, shoes and Persian rugs totally ruined by urine. My wife Jannis kept talking about giving her up. After a long and painful period of coping with her troublesome years, Miss Bronzy was here to stay, as part of the famiy. Heaven knows, what a huge part, as we later found out when we were losing her.
Good time never lasts. In July this year, Miss Bronzy barely ate anything and started to fall for no reasons. One week later, she couldn't even stand up. Granulomatous Meningo-encephalitis was diagnosed. After five days of intra-venous immuno-suppressant therapy, our tough Miss Bronzy came home. I still remembered the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong dropped by 800 points the day she left the hospital, but I was grinning all day. Five days later, Miss Bronzy was re-admitted for bleeding into her hip joints, a complication of low blood counts caused by the immuno-suppressant. For two weeks, she battled with blood tests, intra-venous medications, transfusion, further complications and further tests. On 24 August, her doctor suggested that we should take time to say good-bye and let her go.
Jannis, the children and I held and petted her repeatedly. It was impossible to say good-bye. We finally suggested to Bronzy that it would be an indication that she would battle on for us if she could eat the yoghurt which we brought for her. She appeared too ill to eat initially but managed to finish it all once she got started. We sent for the on-call vet and asked her to continue active treatment, whatever it would take, to help Bronzy live. They transferred her to the Intensive Care Unit to get her ready for transfusion and chest drainage. We left just before mid-night for our dinner, feeling relieved that Bronzy was still fighting strong in spite of what her internist told us. Thirty minutes later, both Jannis's and my mobile phones rang. The veterinary hospital wanted us back immediately as Bronzy had aspirated some vomitus into her lungs and developed a cardiac arrest.
On Sunday 28 August 2011, We kissed Miss Bronzy for the last time. Four weeks later, I was still feeling the pain at 8am this Sunday morning. I remembered an old blog article of mine describing how writing could be effective healing for the soul in pain. I don't think I'm in the mood for any great writing. I don't care if this piece is a lousy one.
Bronzy, my true and faithful friend, thanks for the love, the excited welcome-homes and the kind glances.


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      ajcor 6 years ago from NSW. Australia

      Beautiful words for a loved dog. I am sorry about your loss of Miss Bronzy - I can empathize with your sadness as we lost a very dear dog (Charlie) quite a few years ago who we often still talk about but the " Persian rugs totally ruined by urine" is very fresh as we have a little dog who only recently has just stopped this dreadful practice!. Hope you and your family feel better soon...cheers

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      I do not personally know Miss Bronzy but from your hub I know that she was a lovable and well-loved doggie. I'm so sure she was happy all throughout her life with your family.

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      MandiZimmera 6 years ago from La Crosse, Wisconsin

      Sorry for your loss. It is as hard for me to lose a pet as a family member. Thank you for sharing.

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      Larry 6 years ago from Illinois

      Sorry to hear of your loss. Hope the writing helps.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I am sorry you lost Miss Bronzy. I lost one of my best friends a few days before that. If feels like years ago and yesterday all at once.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I've had a golden retriever mix that we adopted almost 6 years ago. She looks so much like your Miss Bronzy. Her name is Tawny, also because of her color.

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      Benson Yeung 6 years ago from Hong Kong

      Thanks tarrka1089 and homesteadbound for sharing and the pet on my shoulder.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I'm crying now and I didn't even know her. And I cry about very few things! But I've had and have enough precious pets to know your pain. I've had some that I have mourned for two years and longer. voted up and beautiful

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      tarrka1089 6 years ago from Ohio

      It is truly difficult to say good-bye to a loving and loyal canine companion. You did just fine writing from your heart. [voted up and beautiful]