Monday, March 24, 2008

Our Beloved Companion, Friend.......

Scampy 2003-2008

We will miss you, but will always remember how gentle and loving you were. You loved us unconditionally, never expecting more then a pat on the head. We know that you are in a better place, a place where you can run without pain, a place where you will be loved unconditionally. You will always be in our hearts and we will never forget you and all the memories you gave us. Our beloved companion, Scampy passed away Easter weekend... Our hearts are in pain.

After we came home from Gramma's passing. We had one good week with Scampy before he suddenly showed some signs of not feeling well. We took him back and forth to the Vet, had blood work and x-rays, medicine etc... and still no answers to what was wrong with him. The vet said they just couldn't figure it out. The whole two weeks he was shaking unless consoled by us. We were so confused as to what was going on with him...every day he got worse. He started limping and crying. He wouldn't jump up to hug us anymore..he started to alienate himself to my son's room during the day. He looked so confused and sad.

The last few days he got worse in his legs..until Saturday when my husband was on his scheduled family visits ( He is the Elder in our Church ) He came home around 3:00. and our faithful Scamps went to greet him at the door after he heard him coming in. Scampy didn't even make it down the hall...he collapsed in writhing fear and pain. He screamed for 10 minutes as we consoled him in the hallway. My husband and I picked him up and carried him to the car and rushed him to the vet. He could no longer walk. We were crushed and still questioning what was wrong. After the Doc. looked him over she said it appeared he had a neuological spinal disorder kinda like spinal menagitis that was very progressive and would only worsen and cause him much discomfort and even cardiac arrest.

My son ( Scampy's loving Boy ) cried so hard, my daughter cried. we all cried. Knowing this was not fair to him to suffer and had to make the descion to put him down. It was the hardest thing I have ever done with my children... My son was brave and said that he understood.. Scampy looked up at him and licked him while my boy cried in heartache. Scampy chose my son almost five years ago in a litter of pups.. They have been inseprapable ever since. The descion was utterly a painful one... We all stood over our loyal friend and prayed over him , and said goodbye. The nurse carried him away then he was gone. I didn't want to leave... But I knew there was nothing I could do. He was in the Lord's hands now.

My son has been with a friend ( Jonathan ) the last couple of days now.. so that he won't have to think about Scampy not being here. He is trying to have fun with his friend.. but I know when he comes home tomorrow the house will be empty.. .He told me that no other dog could ever replace him.. he doesn't want another right now. Maybe someday he will.. but for now.. this is for the best. He said he would really miss his buddy sleeping with him every night. I didn't realize how much Scampy really meant to us until he left us. I have had so many animals in my life.. but I have to honest this one hit me the most.. maybe it's because I have shared this with my kid's. It will take some time I guess. My heart is just aching and I can't help it.


  1. Oh, I am so very, very sorry. *tears*

    "God made the beast of the earth after his kind and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after their kind and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

    "We shall not be left in want for any good thing." Psalm 34:10

    "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

    "All things bright and beautiful;
    All creatures great and small;
    All things wise and wonderful;
    The Lord God made them all."

    May the Lord comfort your family at this time.

    Love, Carol

  2. Poor Scampy is out of pain now. I know how important pets are in children's lives. Prayers of consolation for the children. Loss is never easy for little ones, but what wonderful memories of a super dog.

  3. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your Scampy. I will be praying for your entire family during this sad time. It sounds like Scampy was a very special friend.

  4. Oh man. I'm so sorry guys. Half of your arsenal of hysterical laugh inducing stories involve Scampy. Good ole Scampy on the teadmill. Scampy and his...glands...(Can I say glands on this blog?) :) You were a wonderful family to Scamp and he had a GREAT doggie life! Take comfort in that! Keep those funny memories fresh and remember to tell the happy stories often.

    Many Kirkman hugs to Vinnie, Bri, Tony and the Momma who was too dedicated to beloved dog to even describe on the web;)

    to you all Garbarinos.

    Love you guys!


  5. I'm a regular reader of your blog, but have never commented before. I am so sorry for your loss. Your precious dog was a part of your family, and you gave him all the love a dog could ever want. May God comfort you all in this time of sorrow. Renay in Samoa

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your dog. Dogs are truly a members of a family. Your family is in my prayers as you go through this hard time!

  7. I am *so* sorry! I know loosing a faithful pet is *very* hard.

    I had a horse that had a spinal disorder, that sounds very similar to your dogs.

    His name was Shadow. He got to the point that he lost all sensation to go potty. He had to have the vet come out everyday to help him go, until we figured out what it was that he had.

    I was 11 at the time. Give your little boy and girl (((hugs))) from me. :(

  8. Oh my heart aches for your loss..Scampy looks like a dear one.
    I know you're family will miss him so.

    fondly, deena