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Lace’s Bucket List

19 Comments 07 August 2008

Lace’s Bucket List, originally uploaded by LubaSF.

The title is meant to be funny. The post isn’t.

Most of you know that I’m an open book.  And many of you know me as the crazy dog lady.  I love every dog, big and small, with a special place in my heart for pit bulls and pit bull mixes
Up until early this year, I had three beautiful pit bull mixes that made my life complete. 
One of my girls, Powder, passed away at the beginning of the year.  It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. 
And now, for the last several weeks, her sister, Lace, has been suffering with a number of different ailments.  She’s riddled with cancer and has a slipped disc and is in a lot of pain. Tomorrow, we’ll be taking her to the vet for the last time. But today – today, she got carted around at the beach in our home made bucket all terrain vehicle (that photo is of my boyfriend with her at the beach today – she’s in the “ATV”). We got her hamburgers and ice cream and every dog biscuit ever made.  We went through what we thought her bucket list might be.
And though the choice is heart wrenching, my boyfriend and I have made the decision to finally end her suffering. 
Friday afternoon, my pretty girl, Lace, will no longer be with me.  And I’ll have a giant hole in my heart that just won’t be possible to fill.  
So, honestly, today, I just don’t have the energy to talk “real estate.”  But please check back in a few days when the blog will be back and in full swing.  For now, I need a little break.
Loving a dog is easy. Letting go isn’t.


Luba's dog Lace

And P.S. To Jenny and your little adorable dog , Fawn (who I happened to meet at the beach today while you were jogging past) – thanks for the hug and shedding a tear with us. You might think we thought you were crazy, but we really just think you’re a kind warm hearted human being and I wish there were more people like you in the world. The hug meant a lot.  And someone who just met Lace seeing her beauty really warmed our hearts.  We thought of you many times today.  I doubt you’ll ever read this, but if you do, thank you.  And hope to see you around one day under better circumstances.

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19 Comments so far

  1. plug1 says:

    sorry to hear about this. i had a pit that got killed 3 years ago and i still miss my Moka…

  2. Luba says:

    thanks plug1. i’m sure Moka was a wonderful dog too. i love all dogs, there’s just something about pits that tugs my heart strings like no other breed. they’re the sweetest, smartest and most loyal and loving breed i’ve had the pleasure of knowing. and when our final dog eventually moves on, i know we’ll get more pits, either from bad rap in oakland, or straight from the humane society here.

    my dogs have been my best friends for the last 11 years. life just won’t feel the same without them.

  3. I am sorry to read of your loss…loved ones are hard to have pass…there is just no 2 ways around it.

    Kindness, and courage in the face of such grief is surely what is needed and what you seem to be evidencing…

    Thank You

  4. Ellen says:

    Thanks for sharing, Luba. I’m sorry to hear about Lace. Thanks for being an advocate for a breed that gets bad rap, and is often banned by landlords or condo associations. Pits are beautiful dogs (though I love them all, like you). I’m particularly sad about Pogo, the one found in Bayview after he disappeared from Ocean beach.

  5. Luba says:

    Martin – Thank you. My courage, unfortunately, is lacking. But I can’t stand to see her suffer anymore.

    Ellen – Thank you too for your kind words. I am constantly appalled by HOA associations that bad “fighting breeds.” I’d rather they ban “fighting people.” And yes – Pogo crushed my spirit a little. I can’t believe someone would do that to a dog, and while I am not generally a vindictive person – if I had my chance to come face to face with anyone that would do such a thing, I would like to make them suffer.

    Thanks too for all of the emails I’ve gotten. This really is the hardest decision a dog lover can make.

  6. Gentle hugs, Luba;

    Thank You so very much for bringing her by so I could meet her – I cannot begin to express just how much that means to me still.

    Just – hugs, Friend

  7. judi says:

    sorry for your loss. my pitties are my heart and soul, and i feel your pain.

  8. Luba says:

    Judi – thank you. She was indeed my heart and soul. We still have one – Ohm. At least we still have that little bit to soothe our spirits. But missing Lace, and before her Powder – it just feels like half of my heart is missing. Thanks for our support and sympathy. It means a lot.

  9. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow to hear of your loss.
    A Dog’s Prayer
    By Beth Norman Harris

    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
    Speak to me often for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.
    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry. I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life. She old your life is in danger.
    And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest… and I will leave you knowing with my last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

  10. Jill says:

    Hi Luba,

    I’m in tears for you. I have found that losing a pet is the hardest loss I’ve encountered. Because with people, you have these imperfect relationships, and with pets, it’s just the purest form of love there is. And you just can’t replace it. And you feel like you have to pull it together.

    But you so don’t. Let it out. Lace loved you so much, I have no doubt, and thanks you for taking such good care of her.

    Hugs to you, and Lace, and my little Westie Holly Golightly, who I am sure greeted Lace with a lick and a butt sniff upon her arrival in Doggie Heaven.

  11. Luba says:

    Jill – thank you for your kind words. Their love is indeed the purest form there is. And I wouldn’t trade a lifetime of the pain of missing them for a second of the joy they gave me.

    And if heaven exists – it’s where all of the dogs I’ve been lucky enough to love (and get love back) are frolicking until one day, I’m lucky enough to be reunited.

    And I promise to say to Holly when I eventually get there.


  12. anna says:

    My deepest sympathies… so so so sorry. I have a doggy, lab/pit mix, and consider him my child, so I can only imagine how hard this must be for you.

  13. Luba says:

    Anna – thank you. They are/were our kids. And she and her sister will always be with us in our hearts. As empty as our world is now, I can only imagine how empty it would have been had they never been a part of our world.

  14. J Sandfier says:

    So sorry to hear about Lace! My dog Destin is 13 and I dread the day you had recently. So glad you were able to treat her to a fun day at the beach, burgers and ice cream.

    I totally agree with “As empty as our world is now, I can only imagine how empty it would have been had they never been a part of our world.”

  15. Luba says:

    Thanks J. It is tough, and it is empty. Give Dustin a big hug for me.

  16. Luba,
    I know you told me about this day but I just read through your post and oy vey, this is heavy. Your ability to show your babies such love is incredible. I have a heavy heart for doggies and can barely stomach the atrocities, small and big, I see on a daily basis with folks and their treatment of their canine companions. Anyway, Lace no doubt had a wonderful life with you and your brood. That’s all we can do for our little friends, after all. We are blessed to have them in our lives. Thanks for being such a great support to me with my baby. There’s a remarkable community here in SF for dog lovers. I even know some of your fellow commenters! :) Please take care during this tough time and see you around the office soon! Much love, Danielle.

  17. Luba says:

    Danielle, thanks for support. I’m blown away at how much love I’ve felt from friends, colleagues, strangers and various combinations of the above. We are indeed blessed, not just to have them in our lives, but to let them let us into theirs so wholeheartedly. The comments have been amazing, and the emails have made me cry and laugh and smile and remember the good times. The last month of Lace’s life was indeed rough. But as the pain slowly heals, I remember more and more of her good days/weeks/months/years. She was indeed a happy dog, obsessed with her people and her pack (and with diving for rocks when she got the opportunity )and I know that while she’s not here now, she, and Powder, and every other dog I’ve been lucky enough to share my life with have changed me forever and changed me for the better. Thanks again for your support my dear. Big hugs!!! :-)


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