Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Saying Good-bye

Yesterday was a tough one. We had to make the choice to say good-bye to our sweet golden lab, Kelsey.

Kelsey became part of our family when she was 4 months old. She had come from a puppy mill and who knows how terribly inbred she was but when I looked into her eyes, I knew she needed us.

As her body  began to grow, it was obvious that her hips were not. There was a hip issue but had no idea how severe it was until the x-rays when she was 6 months old. She basically had no balls or sockets on either hip.

Our vet gave us 3 options; 1. Total hip replacement which was not only quite costly but at her young age and so much more growing to do, it really did not make sense. 2. Hip denervation or 3. Euthanasia. We chose 2. She had the procedure at 9 months of age and we where told she would be lucky to last 3 – 5 years, Kelsey turned 11 this past April. We loved her to pieces and spoiled her rotten.

Unfortunately, in the past couple of months, her hips began to change and walking was almost impossible for her. Bone cancer was rapidly taking over her hips and legs. It was time to set her free of the pain.

We will all miss her dearly, especially her best friend, Bailey. Rest in peace sweet girl.


Best friends


Bailey comforting the best she knew how


April 29, 2003 – August 26, 2014


  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope the memories of your beloved Kelsey and the joy of her long life with you will ease your pain.

  2. A difficult but necessary decision. I'm so sorry.

  3. Robbie, my thoughts are with you! They are so much a part of our families that their departure leaves a great hole in our hearts! She lived a good life and was loved and is now in a better place and will always be in your heart!

  4. rest in peace, dear sweet girl! you gave your family much joy but now it's time to run and play pain free..
    hugs to you my dear friend <3

  5. Old dogs are the best dogs. I love your photos of your beautiful old labs. Kelsey will always be with you in your memory. Love to you and your family.