We met Little Bit June 23, 1997 and we took her home for the first time July 1, 1997. We said our final goodbyes August 27, 2006. The days between were filled with a lifetime of love.
There are no words to express the depth of our love and it is impossible to express the depth of our sorrow. We know that only time will help and we are comforted by the knowledge that we did all that we could medically for her and we did everything we could to spoil her.
Intellectually, we knew this day would come but, as were so many of her friends, we were in denial. Little Bit was such a fighter and she had so many ups and downs through her treatment that it was almost that we had expected for her to overcome this setback as well. That said, we are convinced that she was able to fight as long as she did because of all of the prayers and support that she received. This is especially true for these past six weeks or so when all of her chemotherapy had already failed.
Little Bit really was a miracle worker. She worked her way into the hearts of so many with her courage and dignity. No dog could possibly have asked for better friends and we are all better for having known her. Robin, Lyle and I are truly blessed for having shared our lives with her.
If you have been reading along from the start, you know that Little Bit was fortunate to have had an excellent health care team. Dr. Hathorn had only joined the Animal Care Clinic shortly before Little Bit's diagnosis and we couldn't be more grateful for the timing. Little Bit was one of her first oncology patients and she worked so hard for Little Bit. We can only imagine the countless hours that she spent reading and learning about lymphoma on Little Bit's behalf. When things stopped working, she was quick to consult with the experts and her dedication to Little Bit's health was a comfort to us. It was very difficult to call her this morning asking her to do one last thing for Little Bit. She offered to come to our home and at 12:45 pm, she ended Little Bit's suffering. We are so grateful and we honestly could not have asked for any better care for our sweet Bit. She has our heartfelt gratitude even if we could not express it at the time.
We are also so grateful for the love and support from all of our family and friends. We have every intention of writing back to all of the emails and thanking everyone for sharing with us but it will take some time. In time we will also post a photo memorial for everyone to enjoy. It is hard to imagine that there was ever a dog has had any more prayers on her last day than Little Bit did today. When she left us, she was resting in her snuggle sack on the blankets that her friends gave her. There is no question that she knew she was loved. And she would have thought that the "treats for LB" photo stroll was the perfect memorial.
Thank you all for being with us in spirit. Thank you for all of your love and support. Little Bit was a special dog and she will be missed. We are honored to have shared her with the world.
Michael & Robin