In December we spent Christmas in Knysna, with Mark’s mom Dawn, his step dad Paul and KC, their beloved Labrador. At 13 she was getting old and time was nipping at her heels (like the nuisance Chihuahua down the road) and we all knew the time would come when she would no longer be around.
On Saturday afternoon, after another stroke, Mark’s mom and step dad had finally made the very difficult decision to have KC put down. We got an sms to let us know that she was now at peace.
Our hearts broke. Even though we were expecting it, it seemed too soon, not real. Loyal by nature and a friend to the end, I think she hung on for as long as she possibly could.
KC had an incredible life filled with travel, comfort and every squeaky toy you could imagine. She was a gentle soul with a playful spirit and was loved by everyone who knew her. Kids would stop to say hi, or pop past the house to ask if they could walk her.
We were lucky enough to spend one last Christmas with KC and as always Father Christmas left her a few gifts around the tree. She would wait patiently for someone to pass her her pressie and carefully open it with her teeth, with her tail wagging and eyes sparkling…
KC was not just a pet. She was an important member of the family and she will be sorely missed. Our hearts are broken for Paul and Dawn and we can only imagine the sadness and huge sense of loss they feel. KC was their life and they loved her beyond measure.
We’ll hang onto the memories of the walks in the park, runs on the beach, playing hide and bark with all her toys and Emma kissing and hugging her. Go well KC. You’re in our hearts forever. Never to be forgotten
He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on this earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be thine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.