Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Doing What Best, Isnt Always Easiest.....RIP My Lexy Girl


Lexy, a stock dog. 8-12-00 to 7-17-09 RIP

Greatness has passed over to the Rainbow Bridge.

My friend, my confidant, my partner, my right arm...... my heart.

My Sheep Dog. My Lex.

A grand Lass was she.

She always brought her sheep, and she never, no matter how tough it got, ...she never quit on me. She was an honest dog if there ever was one.

If dogs don't go to Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go.

God Bless and God's Speed Lexy, your joyous spirit will live in my heart till we meet again.

It is with a sad heart, that I must announce the passing of my friend, my heart, my Lex.
Lexy was diagnosed about a month ago with Lymphoma. A form of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. The disease grew rapidly, but for a little while I was able to keep her comfortable through the use of steroids. Once her legs and neck began to swell to the point of enormity, I knew it was time, while she didn't hurt, and she still had some energy to attempt to do, what we came to know and love, as "The Doodle Dance" A little jig she would dance whenever she was happiest.
Her last day on earth, was for her the greatest. She came to work with me and had free roam of the shop. She visited with the customers, ate treats enough for two dogs, and was doted on by all.
Lexy's sweet nature had touched the hearts of many, as she was a dog who was wrongly treated when she was young, and still came back to forgive and befriend all who would hold out their hand for her to lick. It has been days since I am able to talk about this, I knew it was coming, but when the time came, still I was not prepared to let her go. Her gaze as she lay on the surgery table awaiting the inevitable, the unavoidable, was trusting, questioning,....and still it haunts me.
Her death was not and easy one, Lex had heart, and didn't want to give up. It took several shots to put her down, and still she would not succumb. Finally, we had to inject her into her heart. The very part of her that she always gave the most of from within herself.
Lex was a happy dog, and I know she would not want us to grieve her passing, but instead, rejoice, and shout praise. Praise for the Working Sheepdog, rejoice in the feeling of utter joy between handler and dog, working together in partnership, for the mutual love of the work, the sheep, the bond, that she gave to me with all her heart and soul, which will forever remain steadfast in my heart.
So the next time you send your dog, send them one time for Lex. She will be watching, I feel sure.

Good Bye my sweet girl, till we meet again.

18 comments:

Laura said...

I am so sorry to hear this, Darci. Lexy was beautiful. You did right by her, though I know it must have been difficult.

fulltiltbcs said...

Darci,

I am so sorry to hear of Lexy's passing...all the great memories of her will never be lost and she is still with you (or so I believe!). What an amazing dog and how lucky you are to have her to share life with.

Loretta

Chasing The Dog said...

Darci, I am so sorry. I wish you some peace in this time.

Kathy said...

Darci, I am so sorry to hear about Lexy's passing. It is hard to lose them before their time. We lost a dog to intestinal lymphoma last summer and it was hard to lose her. My heart goes out to you.

Robin French said...

Aw geez girl, i'm so sorry. You've had too much loss in the dogs these last few months with Cain and now Lex. Thinking about you...

DeltaBluez Tess said...

We are so sorry to hear of her passing. She still is there in spirit with you and you will feel her nose brush you leg.....

WalkOn Border Collies said...

Hi Darci,
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved partner. Words cannot express our understanding of your heartache but I hope you will feel that we are there with you.

sheepkelpie said...

I am so sorry. I cannot imagine the pain you were in when the euth did not go smoothly. I just cannot imagine. But, as you say she had heart. Some part of me thinks that she may have had this disease while in NC, and held on until you were back home, so she could be buried where your heart is. I am in tears for you. There is no replacing such special dogs. Never.
I think Lexy will be around though. She will come to mind when you are working your pups, and whipper snappers, and she will remind you just how utterly special a good sheepdog is. You will feel a breeze on your leg while standing in the field, and it will be Lex. She, as all good sheepdogs, will never leave you.
Godspeed Lexy, and take care of mom.

Barbara said...

Darci, I am so sorry for your loss of your special Lexy girl. She will surely always be with you.
Barbara

Kelly said...

Darci
I am so sorry for you loss in Lex, I know she was your heart beyond what we all know. Just remember that when you are alone and you hear the things that only she did even when you know she is not there, it is her watching over you telling you that she is OK now.

Life is given so that another can be born and I can only hope for you that you can find comfort and happiness in the pups you are about to be blessed with! And maybe you can find one that gives you just a glimpse of what Lexi did to help heal the pain.

Julie Poudrier said...

I'm sorry Darci. I know that even though you knew it was coming it doesn't make it any easier. Lexy will always be with you in your heart, and in Hank, whom you will see often. Like Kelly said, maybe even a small part of Lex will come back to you in the pups Chris will soon have. Godspeed Lexy.

BCxFour said...

I am so very very sorry Darci. My thoughts are with you...

Laura Carson said...

Oh, Darci, I'm just now catching up. I'm so very, very sorry - I know how much she meant to you, and can only begin to imagine how hard this has been. Godspeed Lexy - next time I send a dog it will be for you.

Darci's Mom said...

My eyes are filled with tears and my heart is bleeding over the loss of your prized "lady". No one will ever know the pain you are feeling, but we are all in deep sorrow for your loss. I bawled like a baby when "Muddy" died and again when Rose died. Then came the loss of the mighty "Cain", guardian of heart and home, the heart breaker of them all. Well, they were all there in the Rainbow Garden to greet Lexy, little Rose's mom. Can't you just see Rose jumping up and down playing with her mommy? They are all there together at the Rainbow Bridge, and none will cross over till you join them. As Walter Cronkite used to say, "And that's the way it is!" My love and my prayers are yours my beautiful girl. Like one of your friends said, Lex wanted to go "home" to be where your heart is before she departed this earth. RIP Lexy Girl!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Darci,
I am so sorry to read this, Lexy was beautiful and it sounds like she was a wonderful friend.

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