Tuesday, February 02, 2016

He fulfilled his mission

I wish I had better news.

Barring a miracle, Scrubs probably has 24 hours to a few weeks left to live.

Leaving out all the medical jargon, I'll say that the guess is he has liver cancer and we can't drain any more of the fluid without him possibly getting too dehydrated.

So he is home with us. He is very happy and doesn't seem to be in any pain. As long as that is the case, we'll keep him with us.

His tail wags frequently. He wants treats. He has been giving me tons of ear kisses. I plan to give him a lot of peanut butter and cheese (his favorites.)

Please pray for us as we make decisions about when it is time to let Scrubs go. Please pray for me as I fear having to make a decision while JB is at work or finding Scrubs already gone. I know I owe it to him to not let him go too soon or too late and to be with him as we say good bye.

On the way home, JB told me that he feels like Scrubby fulfilled his mission. He got us to our forever home. He joined us at a time that we were barely hanging onto life and moved with us to each of our houses, making them feel like a home. He gave us security and companionship beyond what we could have asked. We feel peace knowing that he fulfilled his mission. He got us here. We are safe and settled and secure.

And now he is ready to go.

His job is done.

Good boy Scrubby. Good boy.


11 comments:

Beth Bailey said...

So sorry to hear this, he is a very well loved member of the family. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

DDT said...

My heart is breaking for you all. I know how deeply our pets can be ingrained in our lives and in our hearts. I'm praying for you all as you make these hard decisions and face such a difficult time. Praying for peace and comfort for you and the kids as you say goodbye to such a beloved part of your family. Much love to you all.

Joia said...

Oh, Wendi - I'm Sooo sorry! This is heart breaking! :( I think that the idea that he has "fulfilled his mission" is an incredibly sweet one, though... God sure brought him to you at a great time and you guys have given him a wonderful life (what dog has traveled as much as he has??) =) Praying for you all in this tough time. <3

Erica Cooper said...

Wow. I read your blog often but rarely post, but this one really hit home for me. What an excruciatingly difficult situation and what a burden for you to bear. I really hope Scrubby has a few more weeks left of happiness, and I'll be praying for you to have wisdom and strength to make the right decisions at the right times. You are strong!

Stephanie said...

Oh Wendi...
I'm tearing up reading this...my heart goes out to you & your family. Though I don't personally know Scrubs...I enjoy reading your blog & his part in your family. My family had a dalmatian when I was a kid (Chief...my Dad was the towns fire chief) He was a great dog! Just like Scrubs!
Now I have two other dogs (my Fur babies)...love them so much. I can understand the pain that is in your heart & I wish I could take it away.
Scrubby loves you & he will always be with you! I don't have the right words to make it better but I'm sending you *Hugs* cause that's all I know what/how to do.

Rachel said...

Praying for wisdom and peace. I hope you all are able to truly enjoy the time that you have left with him and that you feel God's presence through all of this.

Rinette said...

Wendi, I am NOT a dog lover! But now you have me crying here because of Scrubs. Imagine, the news about the terminal illness of a dog of someone I don't even know personally, a dog far away in another continent, makes me cry...
So your sadness must be a thousand times deeper.

Strength, also for your kids.
Rinette

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

Thank you everyone. And Rinette, I am blown away by the support and love Scrubby's illness is generating. I am realizing that he symbolized our story for so many people. He is sort of the end of the infertility era in my life. And I think, I now, finally, have the ending to the book I've been working on.

Jennifer said...

Oh Wendi, I am so sorry. I love what JB said about him fulfilling his mission. God gives us gifts along our life and Scrubby was move definitely a gift from God for both of you.

Chesha Oliver said...

Oh Wendi. This is so heartbreaking. But so very true that Scrubs got you to where you are now - a family of 6 in your forever home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the children as love on your big sweet doggie and loving let him go to his forever home. God be with you.

Heather said...

This was so sad to read :( I hope he continues to bring you guys a lot of joy and love in the weeks to come.