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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

cash's last adventure

July 1997 - February 1 2010

Two weekends ago Cash went on his last bird hunt in the Oregon high desert, but it was clearly his last. After a rough week of trying to get him to eat and keep it down, this past Monday we bowed to the inevitable and set him free.
Cash was not an easy dog, but he was a good dog. Though he was too strong for me and had a will to match, yet there wasn't a single mean bone in his body. I never saw him snap at any creature, and he loved babies and kittens. He would place his nose on Elizabeth's head and breathe in and out till her ears were wet. She loved this.
We had a hard time letting him go, but we have peace knowing it was the right thing to do. I've been reading Roger Grenier's The Difficulty of Being a Dog (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2000; translated from the French by Alice Kaplan) and found this passage there on page 9.
. . . Each day, by the brevity of its life, our pet tells us, I shall soon be dead. In the deepest sense, these familiar creatures are part of the hurt of living. Because dogs inflict the suffering of loss upon us, the French sometimes call them "beasts of sorrow," betes de chagrin.


Cliff and Olivia said...

Bye, bye Cash. We didn't really know each others, but we hope and purr you'll find a good hunting ground across the bridge.

Purrs to those who were left behind,
Cliff & Olivia

Nikita Cat said...

I have just learned of your wonderful blog from the Whicky Whuudler, and Daddy & I send out heartfelt condolences on your losss.

I've added you to my blogroll, and look forward to visiting from time to time.

Fin said...

Oh Curator I'm so sorry for your loss. Purrs and Mom Hugs to you during this difficult time.

parlance said...

I am so sorry to hear of Cash's death. I'm glad you can have the comfort of knowing it was the only choice. Your quote is wonderful and I'm going to treasure it.

I once read and half-remembered the saying that our dogs teach us how to die. Now I understand what it meant. I think your original quote is probably the basis of the mixed-up version I heard.

My condolences.

curator said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for your kind thoughts and words. The friends we have gained at the Museum are a great treasure and comfort.

Julia Williams said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss, and am sending you a virtual hug. saying goodbye to our cherished animal friends is one of the hardest things we have to do in life.