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Lorelei: Our Sympathies

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KimberlyH

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I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear horse. The love you feel for him, and all of your animals, is so evident. Please know my thoughts are with you.
 

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dearest lorelei,
i am so very deeply sorry for your loss. i wish i could be there on the other side of the big pond to give you big hugs in this most difficult time.
my thoughts and prayers of strength are with you.

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oh lorelei, so sorry to hear about your boy. it is so hard to lose an animal, they truly become part of your family, and it is evident that you cared about him very deeply. i am sure that he knew how much you loved him. (((hugs)))
 

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Lorelei,

Big hearty hugs to you and yours during this difficult time. Animals bring so much love to our lives -- and us to theirs! -- and losing one is truly losing a member of the family. Find solace in knowing how much he knew you loved him and in the great memories you have!

Sending "healing vibes" your way


- Ellaila
 

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Oh miss Lorelei,
My heart goes out to you right now!!!! I am sovery sorry about your beloved horse. HUGE HUGS!!!
 

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Lorelei, my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved horse. Big big hugs outgoing.
 

diamondfan

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King was so important to you guys, and you loved him, as you do all your animals, so very much. My heart goes out to you that you are suffering now...
 

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I just logged in to try to take my mind off things for a bit to find this thread, thank you so much Kim, it means so much to me. I didn''t post many details in the WWT as I had a feeling he wouldn''t come home. This horse was the light of my life whom I had been privileged to own and care for, for 20 years. He truly was a joy and gave and taught me so much. Back in the Fall, he had a persistant one sided nasal discharge which led me to think he had secondary sinusitis caused by a bad tooth. We tried to treat it with our vet''s advice, and we called in a specialist who examined him and said he needed some teeth out and a sinus drain to cure the infection. This might give him a few more years old a happy life, but for a 27 year old horse there were risks. Also he would have to be away from us for up to a month for observation and daily sinus flushing, necessary to cure the infection. Basically we didn''t have a choice as eating was getting difficult for him and would only get worse. so we decided to give him the chance.

He was admitted to the vets on Tuesday and seemed to settle in well, the surgery was set for Wednesday afternoon. He had x-rays so the vet knew what needed doing and then the procedures. He came out of it fine and all seemed well until very late that evening, when he came down with colic, or a gut disturbance, which can be common after surgery. He didn''t respond to treatment and the vet stayed with him all night to try to save his life, but couldn''t. He died in the early hours of Thursday morning. A post mortem was performed and a blood clot was found which killed him, no one could have known about it and he could have died at any time with it. It will be hard for some time as I look outside my window and no longer see his beautiful head looking out of his stable door, no longer hear him call me. It hits when it is time for his meals, I look at the clock to see if it is time to start preparing his feeds and I can''t. I nursed this horse for many months through a very serious illness which nearly claimed his life three years ago, I literally devoted my life to his care and I will miss that so much. I am very grateful that I have other precious animals to love and care for, but he was the one who started it all, my life with animals, he was my teacher and inspiration and at times my healer, and my loyal friend.

Run free my precious King.
 

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Thanks so much Kim, Belle, SB, Ellaila, Lisa, Monnie, Dee, Sweetpea, and DF, your support means the world to me. This is the second time I have had a crushing loss and my PS friends have been there for me, thank you all.
 

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Lorelei, I am so sorry you lost such a dear friend. You gave him a life filled with love and did all that you could have done to help him.

"Somewhere...somewhere in time''s own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some Paradise where horses go.
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again."
-Stanley Harrison
 

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Lorelei,

Your post brought tears to my eyes. I wish there was more I could do to help you. Please take good care of yourself and know that you are and will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kimberly
 

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HI LL:

How very sad. Thinking of you during this trying time......

kind regards--Sharon
 

door knob solitaire

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Lorelei,

I hope you find some solace in realizing it was you and your excellent care, love and friendship that gave your horse a happy fulfilled life. He was treated to 27 years! How wonderful. We always think these relationships are one sided...as you expressed to us, he would call out to you and yearn to see "your beautiful head" approaching. What a wonderful experience you have had.

I think you should also reflect on just how deeply you showed him love. Your dedication to nursing, daily feeding, grooming and just your gentle voice you used-he knew he was blessed beyond measure. Have no regrets, you gave him a rich fulfilled life of love.

Thank you for giving so much of yourself to him-you know he told you that many times.

DKS
 

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I''m so sorry. He was such a companion and such a part of you. All my sympathies.
 

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Lorelei,
I''m so sorry for your loss! It sounds like you have some wonderful memories to hold on to.
 

Maisie

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Lorelei I am so very sorry. I am sending you big cuddles. I really feel sad for you. xxxxxxx
 

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Lorelei....I am so very, very sorry to hear about the passing of King. Please know that he is in a better place and pain free. I am sending you all my good thoughts and prayers during this time. I am so sorry.

Roppongi
 

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Lorelei...I posted in WWT but I just wanted to say here also that I am very sorry for your loss and to hang in there and that your PS friends are thinking about you...big hugs.
 

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I''m very sorry for the loss of your dear companion. He was very lucky to have you to care for him.
 

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hi lorelei, it is apparent to all that you dearly loved your horse and were a wonderful caregiver to him when he was ill. your post reveals your sadness and i hope that time will mend your broken heart.
 

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Oh Lorelei I was tearing up reading your post. It is clear that he was adored while he was here with you. I am so sorry for your loss.
 

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Oh Lorelei, I am so sorry, I really don''t know what to say. Everything I think of seems so pitifully inadequate...

Your post had me in tears. After all that time with your very special one, I can only begin to imagine how you must feel.

Since I wanted to somehow try to make you feel a little better, but failing myself, I searched in the hopes I might find someone who could do it for me. I don''t know if you''ve heard this before, but I found it comforting, I hope you will too.








Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...



You are in my thoughts dear friend. Take care.


 

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Lorelei - SO SO sorry for your loss. Hoping that the many happy years you''ve spent with him will comfort you.
 

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Lorelei, you are in my prayers. I am so sorry.
 

mrssalvo

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lorelei, I''m so very sorry about your horsey
love and prayers being sent your way today during this difficult time.
 

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Loreli I psoted on the WWT too.
I am so sorry for the loss of King he sounded like a beautful and and much loved member of your family.
I know he is free from pain now and as you say running free.
Take care
Kate
 

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Lorelei, I also posted on WWT.......my thoughts are with you and I hope that you are being good to yourself right now. Your King sounded absolutely magnificent!
 

Lorelei

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I couldn't sleep, so I came here to find even more wonderful messages from my PS friends, and they are helping my sore heart right now so much.

A huge and sincere thank you to Madam B ( thanks for the beautiful poem), Aljdewey, Kim, Sharon, DKS( good to see you), Lumpkin, Dixie, Maisie, Roppongi, Mara, Ankie, Crown, FG, dear Ellen ( thanks so much for the poem too), Skippy, MrsSalvo, Kate and Heather. I appreciate your kindess more than you will ever know.

I forgot that my beautiful golden horse was made of flesh and blood, he survived the disease which killed Barbaro and eventually was able to walk and run again like any other horse. The vets thought he would never walk again and he proved them wrong with his patience and immense courage, he did more than walk! He was shut into his stable for months while his feet healed, it is a long process, and he never got sour or dangerous towards me, an animal who loves freedom and depends on movement for his very survival. When the chips were down, my boy could bounce back and defy the odds. With experiences like that, time and time again I forget that one day they must leave me and go to that place beyond the sunset, it hurts. My Father who has also gone from here always used to say ' don't forget they are only ever lent to you' meaning my animals, and as much as I prefer to think they are mine and always will be, in the end I am forced to face reality time and time again that they don't belong to me. And I am made to revisit that dark place where pain and tears are familiar companions, and I don't want to go there. Yet I would face the pain a thousand thousand times and that much again for the privilege of being able to love and care for them and something inside me stirs at the prospect of having another day to help animals, as much as it hurts. This is how I can best pay tribute to my precious ones who have gone on before me.
 
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