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Goodbye Emily.

January 31, 2013


On Tuesday I lost a family member, a sister, a best friend, a precious animal. On Tuesday  our dear Emily passed away and I’m still not sure if I’ve really processed it yet. I’ve not had to deal so close with the loss of an animal so close to me. When Bayley passed away I cried and cried, but I was in Adelaide and away from it all, not right in the thick of it. I walk out of my room and expect to have to step over her, but like a punch to the gut I remember, she’s not here.


It was somewhat expected. She’s not been well for, well, nearly all the time my parents have had her. They rescued her from a breeder who no longer wanted her as she’d had so many litters already. She was so scared of everything. I would only see her every 6-12 months and the changes I witnessed in her were amazing. I’m so happy my parents adopted her. I am so glad to know that she spent the last few years of her life being spoiled and shown so much love.


Like a lot of Cavis, she had heart problems. She’d been in heart failure for awhile and was on the last set of meds that she could be given.  One of the reasons we moved house was to help her, the stairs at the old place were too much. The reason my parents got Betsy was for Emily. The mix of the new house and Betsy gave her an extra few months. She wasn’t in pain. She went down hill so fast though. 11am my parents took her to the vet, he explained he didn’t think she’d last the day, to take her home and give her all the love we could.


I laid on the floor with her for half an hour before my parents took her back to the vets at 4pm. I patted her, held her and I told her how much I loved her. She was pretty much out of it by then. I gave her a kiss and stayed waiting with Frodo, Betsy and Tonka to see if she would come home. She didn’t. Her oxygen rate was low, she wasn’t responding, she just wanted to sleep. So we let her sleep, and now she’s gone. She’s now with Bayley, surely watching over us and thinking we are silly shedding so many tears over her.

Bye Bye MooMoo. Your sissy loves you so much.

  • oh no that’s so hard. sending you a huge hug!

  • I am so sorry, Nat. Losing a dog is so painful. She’ll be in a better place now, free from pain.

    Ahh man now I’m crying at work 😛

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. :'( Sending good thoughts to you and your family.

  • Conny H

    I cry for you and your family … it hard to loose a dog 🙁 She was one lucky girl living her last years with a loving and caring family!

  • H3l3n1904

    🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • This made me cry :'( It’s so hard losing a pet, big hugs to you and your family.

  • Mandie V

    I’m so sorry for your loss,losing a family pet is awful 🙁

  • My heart goes out to you. It’s always so hard to lose someone you love. xx

  • Very sorry to hear this. Your parents did an amazing thing by adopting her and giving her the love she never knew before. She looks like a lovely girl. *hugs*

  • I’m sorry for your loss <3

  • Malene

    This made me so sad. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • ((((NATALIE & HER FAMILY))) I am so, so sorry for your loss!!! The bright spot in this is that she was rescued and she did know lots and lots of love … and that she’ll be waiting for you (I firmly believe this! If you do not know the poem Rainbow Bridge, please let me know!). Natalie, you know why I love you, and your blog??? Because it’s not just about what’s trendy – it’s about real life, and I thank you for bringing us along w/ you <3

  • Pixie

    I’m sorry for you loss x

  • Lillian Low

    I’m so sorry <3

  • I’m so sorry 🙁 xx

  • Jackie Brown

    I am so sorry to hear about Emily, it is so hard when a pet has to go to sleep, it sounds like she got to spend some amazing years with your family. <3

  • Patrick weseman

    I am sorry about your lost

  • Kathryn OHalloran

    That’s so sad. She was a beautiful girl. It is like losing a family member.

  • Fan

    Let me be the first to thankyou for having the forethought, In your time of grief, to take selfies with your face right next to your dead dog. #deaddogselfie going viral!

  • No problems! Oh, and she wasn’t dead, she’s alive in these photos.

  • I’m so sorry about Emily. It is so hard when our beloved pets die because they are family.

  • Louise P.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I read that with tears in my eyes. She was so lucky to have a family like yours give her the life she deserved, as short as it was.

    We lost our family dog, Holly, last month. She was really my sister’s and brother in law’s dog, but I considered my own as she adored me, and I her… Still haven’t really got my head around it. It’s always so hard when a beloved part of the family passes away. x

  • It’s so terrible losing a pet. It’s been seven years since I lost my first dog, and I still remember her every day. All my best wishes & positive thoughts coming your way. Xo.

  • Lauren S

    I’m so sorry. 🙁 I lost my cat, Christian, last year– I had had him for 16 years! I know how tough it is to lose a pet. <3

  • Claire T

    I’m so sorry to hear about your beautiful Emily, reading this made me cry as this is so heartfelt and it makes me remember saying goodbye to my childhood puppy dog and best friend Daisy. Emily’s last day sounds beautiful and she was so lucky to have been adopted into your loving family <3

  • I’m so sorry to read this 🙁 She looks like such a sweet dog. ((big hugs))