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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

#447 Farewell to Hazel

One of the most difficult things we had to do while in Europe was to confirm the order to put Hazel to sleep. Fortunately we were able to accomplish this with pre-planning and access to the internet while at the home of our friends in Marsannay le Bois. We had hoped it wouldn't come to that until our return. Our vet has served us well for all of Hazel's 16+ years. She came to us as a kitten on a temporary basis. It was our good fortune that she became a permanent resident.

She helped Maryann heal in her many trials with cancer and hip replacement. We always looked upon her as a healing cat and an angel on earth. We were blessed to have shared the time with her that she was here.

Like all of us, our time is measured. We all have missions to perform. When the mission is completed we must move on for the next one. For Hazel, this was no exception.

At the Southwest corner of our yard is a lovely garden spot under a tree. It is here that we interred her remains. Yes, that is a Buddha statue overlooking her final resting place. The flowers are lovely there. It has always been a special place. We could think of no finer place to put her remains.

Here you can get a better view of the foliage and stones surrounding the Buddha garden. The neighbors to the South (left of the photo) are constantly improving their back yard which looks like a park. We really appreciate the view from our back yard.

This close-up shows a special stone Maryann found while on a walk by the fields in Marsannay. She wanted something special to mark Hazel's special place. This particular piece of stone spoke to her and she knew it was the one.

The folks at the vets office (Lansing Veterinary Hospital) did tell us that Hazel was not her usual self and was beginning to suffer at the end. Dr. Chambers and his staff have always been kind to the animals and to their human friends. We were glad that Hazel was with them at the end.

Maryann has decided that there will be no replacement for Hazel. But, then, how could she be replaced? Only time will tell.

As for stories about the trip to Europe, just wait and see. It will take some time to process all 1,743 photos. There are 960 on one flash card alone. So be patient friends. The stories will be coming soon to a blog near you.

And thanks for letting me share these moments about Hazel with you.



bronxbt said...

ooooooooo *sniff* oooooooooohhhh!
such a wonderful post.

hazel is blessed to have owned both of you. she picked your family well, and must be so proud to have watched you both grow as the years passed.

wonderful resting place, and i too agree that there likely couldn't be a better location.

my heart goes out to you and your lovely wife.



Karen said...

Jack and Maryann~

This comforted us when we lost our grand dog two years ago...

"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...."

Author unknown...

shannon said...

i can't type through the tears. i loved that little fuzzy bunny. what a beautiful place for her final resting.

simon will give you both all the feline companionship you can stand when you are here for thanksgiving.

i love you...

Skunkfeathers said...

I reckon as Hazel found you, Hazel may guide another lost soul your direction, with a knowing "you'll never do better..."

Fred said...

How nice, Jack. She's in a wonderful place, both above and below.

The Phosgene Kid said...

SO sad about Hazel, they really wrap themselves around your heart. We have a wolf statue in the back yard to commemorate our Lucky Dog. I still miss her so.

Hale McKay said...

What a nice resting place as well as a tribute to her memory.

Welcome back to the good ol' US of A.

Adrianne said...

It is always hard letting go of a loved, even when we know their time is nearing an end. I'm sure that Jebo and Hazel are playing together, and napping together awaiting us.

What a beautiful spot for her remains.

Sandee said...

These are always such hard things to do. Bless their little hearts. We become so very attached don't we.

Thanks for sharing. :)