Thursday, August 21, 2008

Goodbye, Luna

We had a lovely long weekend on Prince Edward Island... then came home Monday to a sick dog.

Luna had been ill like this before. Her hips clearly hurt and her eyes were dull. She was eating and drinking,though, and managed to haul herself up the stairs and onto her favorite couch. She wagged her tail furiously when we said "good girl". She enjoyed her ear rubs.

But Tuesday morning she simply collapsed and that was the end.

I'm glad she didn't suffer long. I'm glad we didn't have to struggle with complicated care or the decision to put her down. But gosh, it was too quick.

And the house, now, is too quiet.

We had a dinner in her honor last night. I made this dish.

Remembrance Potatoes

Local new potatoes, freshly dug
Kosher salt
Unsalted butter
Rosemary to taste (ours comes from a pot on the back porch. Luna was always trying to eat it.)

Bring a suitably sized pot of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of kosher salt for every quart of water. Stir to dissolve, making a brine.
Add the potatoes, lid, and boil for 15-30 minutes or until soft to the fork. Drain but do not rinse.
Toss the potatoes with unsalted butter and rosemary. Eat with mindfulness and love.


Egg Mama said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Luna's passing. I'm glad she did not suffer, though. How lovely to have a meal in remembrance of your sweet dog. Do you remember Daisy, my parents' dog? She had cancer and we had to put her down over a year ago, it still seems like it was just last month. My parents and I were with her at the vet's. It was heartbreaking although it was the right thing. Pets are a part of our family and it seems cruel that their life expectancies do not match ours. RIP, Luna.

Green Betty said...

I do remember Daisy, she was a darling. What a shame.

Thanks for your kind words. How was the Greece trip this year?

Egg Mama said...

The trip was, well, not great. :( We should catch up by phone sometime soon.

Sad coincidence, the lady who runs the preschool Egg might start attending called today and told us not to come for the tour b/c her dog died last night and she is distraught. :( Hope you guys are doing OK, I know you are missing Luna so much. I still think of Daisy all the time and miss her.

Tamara said...

He must have been in a hurry to get there and chase Topher around. Imagine life without arthritis and a lovely black cat to play with!
I'm so heartbroken for all of you. I always thought about her everytime I watched my neighbors take our their dogs, who are the same bred as she is. (I don't know how to spell it.) Maybe Santa will bring Charlie a new puppy?