Friday 25 March 2011

A sad sad day

On Wednesday March 23rd, we said goodbye to our sweet old Ellie.

She crossed the Rainbow Bridge, cradled in daddy's arms and with me stroking her face and telling her how much we love her, while the vet did what needed to be done.

Our hearts are broken.

Ellie was our first Airedale, she was Tim's first dog ever.

She taught us so so much, and we loved her fiesty, independant attitude - she had lots of it too!

But age was not being kind to our sweet baby girl. She was deteriorating quickly and in the early hours of Wednesday morning Tim was woken by the sounds of Ellie having a seizure. I tried doing everything the vet had said to do. This was the 3rd seizure over a 3 year period.

But Ellie was really distressed and as she also has a heart murmer we rushed her to the 24hr Emergency vet.

After long discussions with the 2 vets, it was decided that Ellie had had enough and could now longer fight back from this.

It tore our hearts out to see her lying in the vet office with no fight - I mean this is my strong FIESTY airegirl.

But we both knew in our hearts that the vets were right and it was time to let Ellie go.

Walking out of that vet office and leaving my little girl behind was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do.

Tim and I both had non stop tears pouring down our faces.

We drove home in silence, both in total shock.

We had 11 years and 3 months of love, devotion, laughter, despair, but best of all, the cheeky fiestiness that was Ellie.

We thank you sweetpea for all that you gave us and all that you taught us.

You have fulfilled your purpose on this earth - of being a GREAT dog!

Run Free baby girl, we will hold you in our hearts forever, until we are reunited once again.

We love you Miss Ellie.

Jo & Tim.


Molly the Airedale said...

Our hearts are breaking for you. Ellie was such a special beauty.

Love ya lots
Maggie, Mitch and sue

Lacy said...

Sad woofs, sooo sorry on the loss of Miss Ellie...Hope she found Harley Bear and they are both playing together now..ur in our thoughts and prayers...RIP Miss Ellie, run with the wind..

a sad,
rocky and jodee
bear and angel lacylulu
and mama...

Moondance Huskies said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Know that you did the right thing...sometimes you have to love them enough to let them go...

Sad woos and hugs from all of us,
Skye, the Moondance Huskies, kitties and mom Joan

Jans Funny Farm said...

We didn't know Miss Ellie, but we know the pain of losing a furry, so we came by to leave lots of purrs and tail wags for Ellie's family.

JS Fuller said...

We are all very sorry.

Jena, Turbo, Lex, Meepie, Fargo, & Roo Roo

Raising Addie said...


Our friend Claudette sent us over. We are so very sorry. Even though we have just met your sweet pup, it hurts like we have known her for years. BIG hugs to you both. She is in good company at the bridge until you all meet again.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Run free sweet Ellie - we will miss you.

Jo & Tim - this story was all to familiar to me :( Sending you love and strength.

Brooke, Greg, Benson & Ping

violett said...

I am very sad to read that! We had a blog break and no idea what about Ellie.
A brave Airedale girl is now living in the Land of the Rainbow Bridge. She has no complaints.
And they know you they will never forget.

sad greetings
Mischka and purple

Asta said...

Jo and Tim
I am sending you my sincere sympathy for your loss. Miss Ellie was a most wonderful girl and I know she will always be in your hearts. Remember the joy and that you loved her always and gave her the best life possible and helped her in the end when she needed to go on to the next phase of being an angle.
We'll all meet someday .
Asta sends her healing smoochies to you and Baz
Miss Ellie, you will always be remembered and stay in our hearts
Ami,George and Asta

Tenkiller Airedales said...

I'm soooo sorry. It is just too hard sometimes. My Asta Miles went at 10 1/2 years suffering in the end with seizures ... We still have our other babes, but each one is very special. My heart goes out to both of you!!! The Tenkiller Airedales will keep you both in our prayers!!

Aireslaps and big paw hugs,
Blu Loo Loo and the tribe

Ruby said...

We have tears in our eyes as we read about poor Ellie. None of us get to live forever, but it is so sad to say goodbye to our furry friends.

Our thoughts are with you all.

Ruby and Gracie

The Thuglets said...

Jo, Tim & Baz

we have only just learned the very sad new about Miss Ellie.

Our thughts are with you at what we know is a very sad time.

Miss Elie had a lovely life with you and she knew she was loved beyond measure.

It never gets any easier saying goodbye to a much loved family member,

Run free with the wind in yur face forever Miss Ellie.

Thinking of you. Stay strong.
Karen & Alan

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Hollie and Janie said...

Our hearts are breaking for all of you! Miss Ellie was such an amazing 'dale and we cannot imagine how much your hearts are hurting. We are sending all our love!!!
Janie and her mama, Hollie