R.I.P. Patch

R.I.P. Patch

January 1, 1997 – May 9, 2008

My beloved Patch has left us to wait for us at The Rainbow Bridge. We had to put him down yesterday evening. We agreed that it was time…that he shouldn’t suffer anymore. His liver enzymes were 850-not sure what that means but I do know they should be around 100. When we went to see him before doing it-he came out wagging his tail: so hard for me because I start to second-guess myself. Then as I am hugging him and talking to him (with his head pushed into my chest) he starts to vomit (just the liquids he had in him from the IV). This is so hard to write-It is Saturday morning and I should be walking him. I can’t seem to write anymore about this right now! I need to work on a eulogy and someday I will write more about the experience we went through while at the vet. It was a good thing considering what we had to do.

Thanks again to all of you for your thoughts, suggestions, prayers, and support! I so adore each and every one here for your love and dedication to your pets! They are our world and our children. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

Bless you!

Mad with barklove!



p.s. Just noticed the date on the pics-need to fix that on my camera-these were taken at the vet on 5-9-08.


53 Responses

  1. Yeah, I was noticing the dates…

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you as you mourn the loss of your precious puppy.

    I hope you’re doing okay! Know that you’re in my prayers!

  2. So sorry to hear about Patch. It’s a very difficult decision to put down a beloved pet. We’ll be thinking of you and your sweet pup.

  3. Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. We’re thinking of you and sending a big cyber hug.

  4. Oh honey I’m so sorry. HUGS & Prayers to you.


  5. Oh Mer,
    I came here not expecting to hear this. I am so very sorry. I know how much you loved Patch and I know he loved you. I will be thinking about you at this horrible time of sadness. You did the right thing. That baby was so sick, I don’t think he would’ve wanted to live suffering like that.
    Love ya,

  6. Hugs and prayers for you and Jedd.

  7. Mer,
    I am so sorry – I know how bad your heart is broken, I was shocked to read about his passing. Nothing I could write will make you feel better only that you were a wonderful mother to him. My deepest sympathy to you and your boyfriend.

  8. I’m so sorry. I will be praying for you as you grieve the loss of your beloved Patch!


  9. Oh, Mer, I am so sorry for you. Poor Patch. I was so hopeful that he would get better.

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers.


  10. Mere,

    I got a few messages on my blog about Patch so I had to come over her to give you a little comfort. Just know that Patch is no longer in any pain and you will always have him in your heart. My prayers are with you,


  11. Oh sweetheart, I’m so very sorry. Hope you can feel all our hugs in your heart. Praying for you, Jedd, your Dad and all to remember the great times with Patch. You all are so fortunate to have had each other. Patch knew what real love was and he gave it right back in full measure. Huge hugs, Deb

  12. oh sweetie, i am so so so so sorry. Ugh, I feel ill and so sad. I wish I could give you a big hug right now. I know how hard this has been for you. Please do not second guess yourself. You did the very best for him all the way. Patch was lucky to have had such a loving mommy!

  13. I am so sorry. Don’t second guess yourself. You love Patch and always wanted the best for him. Please take care and try to rest. You are in my prayers.

  14. You’ll meet Patch again someday… And be encouraged that he’s in a happier place now. Hugs!

  15. Oh Mer, I am so sorry, I know your heart is broken..it hurts so bad to lose your baby. Please don’t second guess…it was your love for him that had to let him go and sometimes it is a greater love that will let go.

    I hurt for you and will be praying for you..

    Much love and prayers

  16. Oh, Mercedes, I am so very, sorry to hear you’ve lost Patch. I remember a few months ago, you mentioned how you dreaded this moment. You were trying to prepare even then, I think, but as you know, you never really are prepared.

    Second-guessing — you will, no matter what. That’s you, still wanting to do what is best for Patch. You wouldn’t, if you didn’t love him so much. Have faith in Patch, that he trusted the perfect person for him, and that his trust was not misplaced.

    I’ve been sitting here with this comment screen open for –I don’t know how long, now — the truth is, words just aren’t enough. You need hugs, and the world’s biggest box of kleenex. Yes, if you see a van pull up outside your house and start unloading 50-lb. crates of kleenexes, that’ll be me with a fresh supply for you. And hugs too.

    Try and get some sleep. I’ll keep poking my nose in to see how you’re faring. (It’s not cold and wet, but — well, sometimes it is, but — um, er . . . more hugs to you!)

  17. (((((HUGS))))) to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Patch seems like an awesome dog and I am sure he will be deeply missed.

  18. I’m really sorry, Mere. You did so well by him, giving him so much love and care.

  19. Oh sweetie, I’m so sorry you had to go through all this. My heart is with you. Right now it seems like life might not ever go on without him, but it will get better. It takes time. Take as long as you need to cry. After you think you’ve cried your last, have one more good cry.

    I know this sounds a little harsh, but the best thing to do is to gather up anything that was his and either put it in a box or throw it away. Not that you want to forget, but it will help heal the hurt. It puts a sense of closure on losing your loved friend. And don’t be afraid to ask for a day or half a day off from work. It WILL get better.


  20. Oh no, sweetie. I’m so sorry for you. Hugs to you. Patch doesn’t hurt anymore and that is the best thing, don’t second guess your decision. You’re a great fur mommy

  21. My heart hurts for you! Sending cyber hugs.

  22. Mere, I still feel so bad about Patch. I hope you and Jed are getting along a little better each day. Just remember, he is running around and playing like a puppy again. It’s just hard when you wish he was running here with you. There is no easy way to get through it – it just takes time. If you need anything at all, let me know.
    I’ll be thinking about you.

  23. Sorry I’m late getting over here. I heard about Patch. I am so sorry. I went through this myself just over a year ago. It was the most difficult thing I had to do. My schnauzer had a much more rapid decline so it was such a shock.
    You seem to be doing well. I am glad for that. {{{BIG HUGS}}} Patch isn’t suffering anymore. You can have peace knowing that he lived a long full life.

  24. Oh, baby, no, I hadn’t seen this. I’m so sorry for your loss. ((((hugs)))) My thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours during this time.

    Bark love to you!

  25. […] I Will Remember You! Posted on May 14, 2008 by Mercedes I have so much I wanna tell you all-but I just can’t seem to do it right now! I have been so busy and when I am home-it is up and down for us. This song is for you Patch! I miss you so much! R.I.P. Patch! […]

  26. So sorry to hear your sad news 😦 The loss of a pet is always so difficult to cope with. I dread that day when it arrives for Missy-Moo. Hang in there
    Kind wishes & thoughts

  27. Like I have said before-it is so hard to reply to each of your comments right now (I used to be obsessed with this-lol). Thank you to everyone for all of your support during our trip down the Patchy Sickness Road. It has been so helpful to me. I so appreciate the suggestions, kind words, support, and especially the heart felt prayers I have received. I could go on and on-but it is difficult right now! I am blessed to have so many great blog buddies! You are the best! Thanks again!

    Mad with barklove!


  28. I’m sorry for your loss Mere. I was sitting here crying while reading this post. I know it’s not much of an “upside” but now Patch isn’t hurting anymore, so you did do the right thing for him. It’s hard but you’ve got your blogging buddies for support.

  29. Hope you’re doing better this weekend, Mere. Big Hugs!

  30. Oh Mer! I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Patch was your loyal friend and ‘baby’ all in one package. Please, no regrets; your dear spotted friend is suffering no more.
    No need to respond to my comment. Just stop by my blog when your life settles a bit.

  31. I am so sorry about Patch. The only thing I know for sure is that he will always live in your heart. Take good care.

  32. oh, i am very sorry to hear about patch. i know how it feels and i wish i could help. please know so many understand what it means to love a dog so much and we know he was very happy with you.

    take care of yourself and hold your memories be close.

  33. A precious gift indeed. The exchange of life between human and animal. A deep love reciprocated in many ways.

    Mercedes, take great comfort in knowing that your love gave Patch strength through his illness. On the receiving end of that love was a dalmation who was grateful to have had such a caring owner. Even one who knew when it was time…..completed that love in the circle of life for Patch.

    From my heart to yours, smile upon your memories. The love will always be there. Bless you as you heal from your loss. I feel your pain.

    TX to TN Hug sent your way.
    Pink Biz

  34. Mere,

    I know how hard this is. I went through this a few years ago with my beloved dog, Trinket (she was a peek-a-poo-pom breed). I was graced with her in my life for 21 years and in the end, she was assisted to heaven, just as Patch was. I cried and nothing would comfort me. It took a long long time.

    Hugs to you, I am sorry I am late coming here, but I have been away from the computer quite a bit.

    Hugs and WOOF!

  35. Mercedes, so sorry that Patch has had to leave this world. I know how difficult this time is and no words can ease the pain you feel. Now he is no longer suffering. When you’re over the grief, you can begin to light your days with the joyful memories of him.

  36. Mer,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to let me know. So sorry to hear about this.

    Meika sends her condolences.

    (((hugs)))) and ‘wuf’

  37. Im so sorry to hear about this may Patch rip. Im really sorry I know how I felt when I lost my dog.

  38. Hi Mere, I left a reply for you over my way. I’ve been slow the entire month of May posting or responding. Much on my plate with school and college everything with my four daughters. I just took care of priorities. I know you’ll you understand. Hugs! Hope each day will prove better as time passes.

  39. so so sorry about this, that is just awful. I pray that you and your family will get through this. I have been through this at least twice and it is never easy. You are such a good person to have loved a pet.

    Take care

  40. I am so sorry to hear this.


  41. OMG!!!! I just heard!!!!

    Between finals and recovering my life post-finals (mostly the recovering part actually) I haven’t visited my blog…or anyone’s for that matter…in several weeks. So I’m definitely late finding out.

    I’m so sorry, my friend. You’re in my prayers and Missy sends her very best face lick and purr…


  42. It seems my life has gotten in the way and I haven’t been keeping up on blog reading…I am sooooo sorry to hear about Patch. I know how difficult it is and I am crying right now just thinking about what you went through. Just know that you did the right thing and he is not in pain any longer. {{BIG HUGS}}

    Shari, Gus & Ridley

  43. Thanks again for those of you that have stopped by since my last comment! I really appreciate your kindness~thoughts~prayers during this time! I am so blessed to have such caring blog friends! Thank you so much…and love your pets to the fullest!

    Mad with barklove!

  44. Oh, honey…I am crying (for real) I didn’t know. I’m so sorry I haven’t been by and seen this. I feel awful, and just don’t know what to say.
    Mary is laying at my feet and I just want to hug her and you both. I can’t imagine being with out her. I’m so darn sorry that I didn’t know.

    *Big Hugs*
    and a crazy puppy bark with that!

    *sniff*Thanks for coming over! I completely understand about being busy! Thanks for the love!

  45. Hi,

    I stumbled on to your wonderful blog while ‘Googling’ my pets name. I have a six year old Dalmatian named Patch and he is an awesome dog and my best buddy. He follows he around all day and has the same expressive eyes as your dog did. Even though I adopted him from a shelter only 2 years ago we have bonded like I could not imagine I could. I cannot even begin to imagine life without him.

    I am very sorry for your loss and your emotional goodbyes and tribute moved me..sniff….sniff…
    My Patch got a big hug and a extra long walk in the park this morning.

    Please take care.

  46. wow raj, that was really nice of you to take time to comfort a stranger like that. Dog lovers gotta stick together, right?

  47. […] R.I.P. Patch […]

  48. I started to cry just reading your post, knowing how you felt/feel. Thank you for visiting our blog & thinking about us with the passing of our cat Stinky. I am very attached to all my animals and know how hard it is to lose them. I hope you’re feeling better.

    Rachel (Pedro’s mom)

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