6/19/03 Gwen became ill today and got progressively worse as the night wore on. A little bit ago Gwen went into septic shock and began pouring blood. She was rushed back to her vet again - second time today. At 14 it was decided that aggressive life saving measures were not the way to go. Her days at the mill were just too much for her. Deirdre is holding Gwen as I type as she crosses over.

Don't Grieve Too Long”

Don't grieve too long, for now I'm free.
I've followed the path God has set for me.
I ran to Him when I heard His Call.
I swished my tail and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To bark, to love, to romp or play.
Games left unplanned must stay that way.
I found such peace, it made my day.

My parting has left you with a void.
Please fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss.
Oh yes, these things I too shall miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, you've given so much,
Your time, your love and gentle touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your head and share with me,
God wanted me, He set me free!

Author Unknown