Life Throws a Curve Ball

Hi friends.  Today’s post was supposed to be a review of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, what I’ve always heard is an upscale and activity-filled wonderland for both adults and kids in southwest PA.  We were scheduled to head out Friday morning with some friends and my bag was packed, as was my pup’s for a weekend stay at his grandmas.  Then on Thursday night life threw us a curve ball.

Pet Loss | Hermangiosarcoma in Dogs | Grieving a Pet | Pet Grief

The Curve Ball

Gavin and I thought our pup, Pucci was heading up to bed ahead of us as he walked out of the family room, a common nightly occurrence.  Suddenly we heard a thud and ran to see what it could be.  We found him in the midst of a pretty severe seizure.  We drove straight to the emergency vet and after several hours, an x-ray and some blood tests the doctor told us it was unlikely that his outcome would be good.  The most likely cause of this event is described here.  We were devastated, trying to come to grips with the fact that our frisky and no-signs-of-slowing-down, 10 year old dog was gone.

Now, I know many people don’t understand the idea of grieving for a pet.  And before the trolls lash out accusing me of an indulged life and lack of perspective, let me clarify, that I am incredibly grateful for the life I’ve gotten to live and YES, I do understand that the world is full of much bigger problems and much greater hardships.

But everyone’s grief is unique and this grief is ours.  Working from home, we both had the luxury of spending nearly 24 hours a day with our Pucci.  In fact, I’d guess it was just a few hours each day that he wasn’t physically in contact with at least one of us.  This made for a spectacular life for our sweet pup but now leaves us with an overwhelming void.

Going Forward

I’ve long suffered from a variety of depressive orders, thankfully well controlled by Lexapro in recent years.  One of the drawbacks to depression is that you tend to get a bit “stuck” when things like this happen.  I reached out to my physician looking for some additional help.  She came back with the idea of journaling.  Hmm….I’d been thinking of something more along the lines of a sedative or schedule II-III narcotic?  But sure, I’ll trying pulling out my quill and papyrus! (smirk)

Thankfully, it has helped.  Being able to record the best memories while they are fresh gives some comfort in knowing they’ll be preserved and ready to pull out and look over on rough days to come.  The kindnesses we’ve been shown by others has been incredible…both by close friends and relative strangers.  Every cloud has a silver lining and we are trying each day to look toward and be mindful of those things.

I was so proud of being Pucci’s mom!  He gave me confidence.  I grew and learned to take new chances while he was in my life.  In fact, had just recently joined Style Collective, an online community of female bloggers, and several local blogging Facebook groups that I’d hoped to get more involved with.  I like to think he enjoyed seeing us grow and evolve and would want that to continue.  He certainly enjoyed sitting on my lap while I wrote!

I debated whether or not to write a post about this.  It certainly was going to be heavier than most others.  But in the end decided it could be a nice tribute and could also offer some explanation to readers should I end up not feeling up to posting for sometime.

In Loving Memory
Pet Loss | Hermangiosarcoma in Dogs | Grieving a Pet | Pet Grief
Pucci:  July 15, 2007 – April 20, 2018
  • Cuddle.
  • Take lots of walks.
  • Celebrate everything.
  • Stop to smell life along the way.
  • Check your stocking and Easter basket frequently….you never know when it will suddenly be “the day”!

For more information on understanding or dealing with pet loss, look here, herehere or here.

With love,



Note: This post may contain affiliate links.  For full disclosure policy, click here.

Never miss a freebie or post!

* indicates required

Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

10 thoughts on “Life Throws a Curve Ball”

  1. Well done, Betsy, you are so talented and compassionate…I am so very proud you are my daughter-in-law.

  2. I can’t even explain how much I’ve hurt when I’ve lost one of my fur babies. Ugh. The pain is so deep. I get what you’re saying and am so sorry for the loss of your gorgeous pup. Hugs…

    1. Thank you so much Karen. It means so much to know there are others that understand the deep void that the loss of an animal can leave. Even more than people in some ways as human relationships always seem to have a bit of underlying tension. Your kindness and support this past week has meant a lot. Thanks again. <3

  3. Oh Elizabeth so sorry this has happened to you. He looks positively adorable and I very much understand how hard this would be. I have three senior citizens around me and I know this time could happen at any moment. Take Care and big hugs to you!.

    1. Thanks so much Carrie! Am grateful for all the wonderful times we got to share with him. Hugs and love to you! Hope to catch up with you soon.

  4. Oh, Elizabeth, my heart goes out to you! Ten years is just not long enough to love and enjoy such a sweet pup.
    Blessings to you let yourself grieve and as your heart slowly heals.

  5. This has really choked me up. I feel your loss. I lost my dear ‘Squeezy’ our Cocker Spaniel after her epilepsy took her after 3 successive fits. It was horrendously traumatic at the time and I grieved her afterwards as you would when you loose a best friend. Your dear Pucci looked like such a darling. Sending lots of virtual hugs to you Elizabeth xxx

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.