Sunday, May 27, 2018

Our Miracle Girl......

we got almost and extra year with our sweet Girl, and a good year.
They called it a miracle that she pulled through and that she pulled through so strong and happy even more surprising.  We were warned at the time that with each recurrence of this awful 
autoimmune disease that took hold of her, it would be much more difficult to put into remission.  
They were right.  For the past almost month we have tried.  Everything.  
I prayed all the way home last night on our midnight ride from the Yoop that God would give us another miracle for our Girl, just a tiny one.  Just to make her well enough to be able to come home to feel good enough to take her walk down the Lane and around the Farm.  Take a ride through the fields on Shotgun Rider.  

My heart breaks as I say that it wasn't meant to be.  She was a critically ill Girl and there was no modern medicine to give her those extra days or hours we so wanted with her.  
I always remember a friend telling me many years ago, when at the door of making this decision for someone you love so, you must always remember to think with your head, not with your heart.
We told ourselves that over and over and although our hearts were screaming, no, no, no....our heads told us, that what was best for her was to let her go.  It was time.
We made the heartbreaking choice to say our last goodbyes.  

We spent time with her.  Showing her the love she has always known and telling her we didn't want to say goodbye but we wanted her to be free from the suffering.  
I held her sweet, sweet face and could read in those sad brown eyes the pain she was feeling and I knew we had to let her go.  I kissed her soft snout as Pops caressed her forehead.  
She closed her eyes, nuzzled my face and let out a long last breath.  
We knew instantly that she was at peace.  
We also knew our hearts were shattered.  Peace will come for us in time.  
We will miss our Miracle Girl every day.  Every single day.

She now runs free and we choose to think she has met up with her big Sis Grace and most likely her Momma Ginger.  We also believe that we will meet them all again.  
God would not put these wonderful beings among us on earth if he had no place for them in heaven.  

Run with the wind sweet Sophie!
We loved you more.....

Sophie Lee Schwalbach
of YellowDog Lane
January, 2010 ~ May, 2018

With hurting hearts,
from The Lane....
Big Pops, Sharon
Ivy & Isabelle


  1. My heart goes out to you as the tears run down my cheeks. Regardless of how long we are blessed to have them in our lives it is never long enough. It tore my heart out to say goodbye to Mr Bean 10 months and 11 days ago. But I know I did the right thing. The logical, sensible, think with your brain thing to not prolong his pain for my own selfish need to keep him in my arms one more day or even one more hour to tell him I loved him one more time. RIP sweet Sophie Lee. <3

  2. Oh Sharon, I'm so very sorry. We had to let my daughter's yellow lab,Hooch cross the rainbow bridge in January. My Sophie and Hooch run pain free now.♥️♥️

  3. It's the hardest thing we ever do, I think. But so necessary to let go when it's time. She had the very best life with you to love and care for her. Run free, Miss Sophie Lee.

  4. That is the hardest decision to make but you did the right thing. We can't keep them hanging on because we don't want to let go...have no guilt feelings for thinking you did her wrong ...she knows you gave her the best life she could have...She's crossed that bridge and is now pain free <3

  5. Dearest Sharon, my heart aches for you. I know how Brian and I will be when its Zoe’s time to leave us. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for your peace. I believe we will see our fur babies again in heaven too. Sending much love and big healing hugs, Lori

  6. My heart breaks for you, Sharon. Sweet Sophie Lee was blessed to live her life with you on Yellow Dog Lane. Words can’t quite describe the ache and emptiness we feel when it’s time for our beloved furry companion to leave us. May your memories of her bring you peace and healing.

  7. So sorry Sharon, it is so hard, blessed be that Sophie was a part of your family. Thinking of you. ~ronda

  8. Oh Sharon I am so sorry to hear about Sophie. Here are big hugs for you and Wayne. I have also lost dearly beloved pets and know the pain you are going through. Please know you are in my thoughts.

  9. Dearest Sharon, I'm truly sorry for your loss, but may I say the words you chose, the heart felt love you gave endlessly is a true testament of quality pet ownership.
    I too lost my 5 year old Lab on January12 this year, not a day goes by without thought or reflection of our bond.
    May you find peace, happiness and a new puppy to fill both your heart and theirs.
    Sending you a big hug and healing times ahead.

    1. I thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words of encouragement Garry, they mean so much. We are healing but our hearts will ache every day for our sweet Sophie, a bit less as time goes on but we do rest in the peace that we know we did what was best for her. Thank you again ~ Sharon

  10. I am so sorry to learn about the loss of sweet, sweet Sophie. You have given her such a wonderful life living on the lane and one day you will be reunited with her again. Praying for healing and peace during such a difficult time. sending hugs.

    1. Thank you's been a rough couple of months and just now reading the posts. Your love sent is appreciated.

  11. I found your blog by no mistake. Finally, in bed tonight after a few sad and exhausting nights and days, I was looking at my punch needle magazine. I wanted to see what type of punch needle many artists use and for some reason I took the article and pattern you created and looked you up at
    And here was your article about your sweet pup. We lost our sheltie last night. We did not know how sick she was till last week when we noticed her bathroom patterns were not like the familiar. By Sunday, my hubby said we should have her checked in case it is something that may not be bad, and if we wait, she will be more uncomfortable and perhaps cause other issues. We do not have money, living on social security and a small part time job, (my husband is a pastor), we found out that she was very sick and it was going to cost hundreds of dollars to have tests, which we could not do. The vet sent us on our way telling us to enjoy a few days with her. I couldn't believe that was the response, and the amount of money I needed that day to find out what was really wrong. Yesterday, Tuesday, three days from going to the vet, our dog had to be put down. To see my pet suffer as she did just ripped my heart. One week ago, I never knew this was going to be happening. So, tonight, after burying her in our yard after preparing a spot for her which took hard labor and much time by my husband and myself, I lay in bed, not hearing her tags jingling, her tail wagging, sleeping by my bed, I need to go to sleep and rest.

    1. I am just now bringing myself to read these heart goes out to you and I pray you have found some peace in these past weeks with losing your girl. You're right, no mistake that you were lead to my blog...we are brought together so many times by common interests and also by joys and heartache. We must take comfort in knowing that our sweet girls aren't suffering and we will meet them again someday. Take good care ~ Sharon


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