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my heart is broken, today I had to have big jim put down. =(

we had tried a treatment to help him, but it didn't work.  went to work this morning, and my step mom called and told me jim was down.  I called David, ask him to go check on jim.

he called me back said its not good you need to come home and call the vet.

I left work and called my vet. When I got to the house I seen jim down, I walked thru the gate and said " big boy"....he lifted his head whinned, and laid back down, he tried to get up but couldn't.   the vet  he came out to the house and said jim was having heart failure, and not anything to really save him.  So he put jim to sleep I sat on the ground next to jim, telling him how much I loved him, and that someday when we meet again in heaven he owes me a ride, he gave me his nose kiss.  ( wiping tears from eyes).....

the vet gave him his shot, and I gave jim a hug and told him I loved him.......

and jim went to heaven.

Sissy my mare, came up to jim, whinned to him, sniffed him...touched him softly with her nose...and dropped her head and walked off...

it broke my heart.


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So sorry for your loss.  It is so difficult because no matter how much time you have, it's never enough.  Know that he is happily running through a pasture somewhere in heavenfree from all pain and suffering, waiting to give you your promised ride.

Sorry it had to happen Sheri


Sheri, my heart aches for you.  It is never easy to say good bye.  Jim is waiting for you on the rainbow bridge and will carry you across when it is your time to make the journey.  I know how you feel and will hold you in prayer and healing thoughts.  Love never dies it lives on in our hearts.
I am so very sorry sheryl.  There's just never enough time with the special ones.
I am having a hard time with this.  I knew jim would never intenially hurt me, and he knew I wouldn't do anything to hurt him.  and my horses are NOT just horses, they are a part of my family.  I had riding buddies that told me I spoiled my horses.  I agree, I do.  But just like yesterday he is down.  I came through the gate called him by name.  and he lifted his head, he wanted so bad to get up.  It just breaks your heart when there is nothing else you can do.  When the vet was there all I could do was cry.  I knew what had to be done, but it was breaking my heart into pieces.  When I told jim I loved him, and we would ride again he gave me a nose kiss, and the vet then gave him the shot. 

Sheryl, I lost my favorite horse 2.5 years ago.  There are times I still get choked up about him and I miss him horribly.  You did what was the worst part of any pet ownership by not letting him suffer, you let him go gently into that good night.  {{{HUGS}}}

I am sorry for your loss.  You did the right thing and I am sure Jim appreciated not having to suffer and going out in a dignified manner.

Hi Cheryl,

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing and if there's anything you need just let me know....... its like loosing part of you.  there is just no words to say........  This breaks my heart for you..

This broke my heart just reading this.  I am so sorry for your loss.   God's blessings on you!
wow,so sorry,it's so hard to let them go

Broke my heart too.   It sounds like Big Jim had a great life, lived with someone who truly cared about him and looked after him.  He was a lucky horse.  And you were a lucky to have him.

Know nothing of this world last and the end is the same for all.  Be thankful for the time you shared together and cherish the memories you have.    I hope your heart break doesn't last, and I think there's another horse waiting who would be fortunate to find an owner like you.


And above all, Remember, true love never dies.


Sheryl, I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim sounds like a great guy who knows he was loved and loved back.  I know how you are feeling.  We had to put our girl, Larue, down a few weeks ago.  I still ache for her.  It was the most heart wrenching thing I've ever had to do.  She taught hubby how to ride, would go anywhere and do anything for him.  And she kept the herd in line.  LOL!

These very, very special horses will be in our hearts forever.  One day we will ride with them again.



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