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My Path to Rainbow Bridge

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I made Mom promise to type this post for me no matter how hard it might be for her. I know she is typing with those wet things rolling down her face. It has been a roller coaster ride these past few days. I felt okay until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. When Mom and Dad got home from work they were very worried about me. I was in a lot of pain and didn’t want to do much of anything. Mom increased my tramadol in hopes it would make me feel better. We all thought it was one of my bad days. Mom and Dad cheered me up and let us open a Christmas present from our favorite mail lady Delia. I met Delia when I use to go to work with Mom and she fell for my wonderful charm and loved me from the start. She gave us a stuffed ball and stuffed lady bug! We had lots of fun with them despite the pain I was feeling. Thanks Delia, we love them!!!

Dillon and the stuffed ball

Dillon and the stuffed ball

Me with the stuffed lady bug

Me with the stuffed lady bug

On Christmas, I did everything I could to put on my “Happy Face Peyton” and I must say I did a pretty good job. Everyone thought I felt good, but I didn’t. I was very happy and excited because I knew it was almost present time and I knew Mom and Dad had a fun day planned for us! Dad put us outside to do our business and when we returned there were presents galore under our stockings. Dillon and I were so excited that we sniffed each one and we both settled on a beef stick. They were very good, we just gobbled them up. Mom was so excited she didn’t even mind the huge mess we made on the living room carpet. Don’t worry Mom I think we picked up all the crumbs. Unfortunately, we couldn’t eat all of the delicious treats. We got beef sticks, biscuits from the bakery, Greenies, and lots of different peanut butter biscuits. Yummy! We also got fun toys: a new long distance Chuck-It, Berber stuffed toys, a Kong ball, and a Jolly ball.

Presents Galore

Presents Galore

Which one first?

Which one first?

Beef stick wins

Beef stick wins

Dillon loves his beef stick too

Dillon loves his beef stick too

Our friends Cheney and Sampson gave us a bag of our favorite rawhide: Peanut Butter!!! Thanks guys, we love them!

Peanut butter rawhides

Peanut butter rawhides

Mom thought it would be fun to dress Dillon and me in antlers. She figured it was Christmas, why not? We were not amused, especially Dillon!

Peyton Moose, REALLY?

Peyton Moose, REALLY?

Dillon Moose, Are you kidding me?

Dillon Moose, Are you kidding me?

Peyton Deer, I kind of like it?!?!?

Peyton Deer, I kind of like it?!?!?

Dillon Deer, Yikes!!

Dillon Deer, Yikes!!

Since it was also my birthday, I got to wear a special pin on my collar that said Birthday Boy! No one could forget it was my special day!!

Birthday Boy #5

Birthday Boy #5

Once we reviewed all of our gifts, Mom had one last surprise for me, a birthday cake. It was a peanut butter bone drizzled with carob and even had a strawberry on top. I couldn’t wait to bite into it and of course they made me wait while they took pictures! I was nice and shared with Dillon! It was AWESOME!!

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me

Ready.......

Ready.......

Set.....

Set.....

Chow!!!!

Chow!!!!

Paw lickin' good

Paw lickin' good

Mom and Dad got to open their presents after us and we had a lot of fun. I just laid in the middle of everything while Dillon chewed on bows and boxes! Every couple minutes Mom and Dad had to pull something from his mouth. I gave Mom a very special gift this year. Dad helped me order two tripawd charms. I thought she was going to cry when she opened them! We had a wonderful afternoon just the four of us!

Tripawd Charm for a Tripawd Charm

Tripawd Charm for a Tripawd Charm

Closer look

Closer look

I was very uncomfortable the day after Christmas. I could no longer hide the pain. Mom and Dad were very worried about me. They called Dr. Barrera to see what she recommended and she told Mom to bump up my medication. I was already a walking drug store and now they are going to make me take more? It is a good thing I love chunky peanut butter! I was now taking six gabapentin instead of three and six tramadol instead of two all on top of my prednisone. That’s a lot a pills! We thought for sure that would do the trick and make me feel good again. We didn’t receive the results we have in the past after bumping up my medication. I still felt terrible and even started feeling worse. I had a hard time getting comfortable and every time I laid down it hurt. We went to bed and I didn’t sleep well. I got up several times trying to get comfortable and each time I got up I whined. It woke Mom and Dad up and they knew how much I was hurting. Early Sunday morning I was really sore and Dad laid on the floor with me. Mom and Dad took turns trying to comfort me, but nothing seemed to help. I couldn’t put my head down without whining.
We sat down as a family to discuss my future and decided it was my time to cross Rainbow Bridge and get rid of my pain. It was a very hard decision to make, but I reminded Mom and Dad that I kept my end of the bargain. They wanted me to make it to my 5th Birthday and I did! Dad made the hardest phone call of his life. He called Dr. Barrera to tell her I fought hard and now I was ready to rest. She met us a couple hours before she was leaving for vacation. We got to CSU and she greeted us with hugs. She could see the pain I was in and also noticed my tumor had increased in size and thought it could be moving inward too. No wonder I didn’t feel good. She took us into a room, just the five of us, and we got to enjoy my last bit of time together. Everyone took turns telling me how much they love me and how wonderful I am! Dillon even stopped running around to lick me. We all knew it was time. I laid down on Mom’s lap with Dad by my side. I peacefully fell asleep!

Thank you Jess for all your help and love!!! We all appreciate it!

What a ride!

What a ride!


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44 Responses to “My Path to Rainbow Bridge”

  1.   chuymaloney Says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Peyton’s passing to the Rainbow Bridge. May you take comfort in knowing that he is once again free of pain and that you will see him again one day.

  2.   rubyaz Says:

    I was so sorry to read that Payton lost his battle. You gave him such a wonderful life filled with so much love right up to the end. You have so many beautiful memories I pray that you will be able to take some comfort in during this time.

    Jo Ann & Tasha

  3.   gineej Says:

    Oh Peyton, My Mommy said that her Dad told her when he was dying “that if love would make me well, I would be well” I do believe that you were very much loved and would be well if only….
    Your pawrents and all who loved you must be very sad, I am sorry you had to get stinky cancer! I hope you are running free tonight and best of all…no pain!! All the treats and toys you want too!!
    I hope that your people will know that they did a good job loving you and caring for you.
    Love, Paris

  4.   jack crowder Says:

    Oh no, no no no, oh my, We am so very sorry that Peyton left everyone today. We are sending love, good thoughts, prayers and support your way.

    We were not prepared to learn about Payton and I really didn’t want to read the post. We are stunned and feel numb. Tears are in my eyes as I write this. The posts we read and the pictures you give us always bring smiles to our faces. We feel as though we have lost a valient, brave, fun lovin friend and Rock Star.

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful dog with us. We can see the stars tonight and there is a new, very bright star shining for us all to see.

    Hug each other and Dillon, we are so very sorry.

    Your heart broken friend, Shelby

  5.   jakesmom Says:

    Oh no!! I’m so sorry to read this post! I can’t stop crying! 🙁

    I thought that Peyton was doing so well… but I guess we all know how quickly that can turn around. I’m so glad that Peyton got to celebrate Christmas and his 5th birthday with you all…

    My heart is breaking for all of you… Peyton was a beautiful dog… and so loved and spoiled… until the very end! Thankyou so much for sharing all your beautiful pictures of Peyton and Dillon with us…

    RIP sweet Peyton. Say hello to my golden angel Jake in heaven!!!

    Angel Jake’s Mom

  6.   romeo2 Says:

    We are so so sorry for your loss. What a a beautiful, brave boy your sweet Peyton was. We’re so glad he made it to Christmas and his 5th birthday.
    Run free sweet Peyton! Love to all of you, especially Dillon.

    Eve and Romeo

  7.   maggie Says:

    Oh Peyton,
    We only just met and you were such a fun loving dog! I loved to read your blog. You seemed to be doing so well!
    Just sooooooooooo happy that you aren’t in pain anymore. My Mom can’t stop crying for you….
    Hugs to your pawrents…

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom & Maggie

  8.   2nd Cousin Ace Says:

    My mom just read your blog and told me the sad news. We’re all brokenhearted. It was good that you were able to make it to your birthday. I know everybody was looking forward to it.

    At least now since you crossed the Rainbow Bridge, you can run and play without any pain. I’m sure that Bullet, Riggs and Cooper anxiously waited for you to arrive. You don’t have to worry, you’re still with family.

    Everyone will miss you. Give Cooper a big slobbery kiss from me.

    Love
    Ace and Family

  9.   Opie Says:

    Oh Peyton. I am so sad right now. My mom and I are crying. We became such good friends in such a short time. I went for a walk on the river today with mom & pop. Mom took lots of pictures of me. She said she wanted to take some good ones, like Peyton’s mom always does.

    I don’t think I will post them tonight. I always read the blogs before I post and I was not ready to read that you went to the rainbow bridge, buddy. Your Christmas/Birthday was such a beautiful day with all of those presents and hugs and love. You were such a special friend. I am going to miss you until I get to play with you at the bridge.

    You were a handsome old soul, Peyton. Now you won’t have to have any bad days anymore.

    Your BFF, Opie

    PS Dillon, take good care of your peeps…they are terrific pawrents. Please don’t leave us. Keep us up to date, Dillon.

  10.   Tazzie Says:

    Peyton

    You always sounded so carefree. I had no idea you had further problems and now were in pain. So sad for your parents and for Dillon. They will miss you and we will miss hearing your stories. Hopefully your mum will keep us updated on Dillon – that might be the best way for us to remember you.

  11.   cemil Says:

    Peyton, I didn’t know you that well, but it’s obvious you were well-loved and that makes me so sad for your family. I’m glad that you got to take part in the celebrations and that you don’t have pain anymore, but you leave behind a huge black hole at your old home.

    Sending licks and leans to your family
    Cemil

  12.   Codie Rae Says:

    Oh Peyton,

    What a shock to see that you have flown over the rainbow. This was the last thing I expected to see today. But I am so glad that you are not hurting any more. Big hugs to your pawrents and to Dillon. Run free sweet one and say hey to Jerry and all our tripawds heroes.

    xoxox,
    Codie Rae

  13.   krun15 Says:

    I guess we all know where the path will lead us, but still are not prepared when one of us reaches the end.
    I am sorry tonight for your loss, but smiling just a bit because of your pictures and your post. Peyton was a rock star to the end.

    Karen and the pug girls

  14.   admin Says:

    We are simply speechless.

    Peace.

  15.   jerry Says:

    Peyton, our hearts are breaking out here in California. We can’t believe you are gone. Please tell your Mom and Dad we are so very, very sorry that your time came. We know how difficult it is to reach that place where we have to say goodbye for now.

    I hope your pawrents feel a little better knowing that at least you and I can hang out now, and run and play and romp on all fours. Come and get me Peyton, let’s pawty!

    Your time reminds my Mom a lot of when I went to the bridge too. I made it to my 10th birthday on October 1st, and two days later that’s when we knew that the cancer was too much for me to bear. We were all devastated, but at least we got to spend my one last birthday together like you did, happy as a family and loving every minute.

    Peyton my friend, my pawrents say it was a real honor for them and Wyatt to have met you this year at the K9K walk. You are a really cool, beautiful old soul and the world is a better place because of you. Your pawrents are wonderful people, and we send our love and hugs out your way.

    Run free Peyton, run.

  16.   Nova Says:

    Peyton, we are so hoppy that you were able to spend one final birthday and Christmas with your family. But we are also thankful that your pain is now gone and you are running free with the other Tripawds. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, we loved to follow it.

    Sloppy Great Dane kisses from Nova (and mom Sue)

  17.   Grandma Belinda Says:

    “Godspeed” sweet boy. I’ll bet Grandpa Billy is already playing ball with you and all of your cousins up in heaven. When your mom, dad & Dillon are ready, I have a “blue” memory balloon ready to launch in your honor. Be watching for it.

    Peace & Love
    Grandma B

  18.   Chris Says:

    I am so so sorry for your loss I know what heartache it is but at least Peyton & Barney will be loving their time together Chasing and running with all the other tripawds.
    God bless them all, they are all so loved….
    Hugs, love, cuddles and belly rubs winging their way to you.

    Chris & Fred

  19.   cometdog Says:

    Oh my goodness that was the saddest post I’ve ever read. I am so sorry. I just found out about Peyton from Opie.
    I don’t know what to say. My heart breaks.
    –Comet’s mommy

  20.   cairasue Says:

    I was working my string of 12 hour shifts and missed this blog entry. I thought I’d sit here and “catch up” on your photo-journalism that always makes me smile. I am devastated, to say the least.
    Peyton was a beautiful boy. And he must be an old soul as Jim/Rene said, as it really comes through in his pictures. What a cherished creature.
    Thank you for the pictures of his last days. It is nice to see that you all made the most of his last days. And even now, I smile looking at his birthday picture and that gourmet bone.
    You will be missed, Peyton. You will be missed.

  21.   Mackenzie's Mom Says:

    I’m just logging on for the first time in a couple of weeks and wanted to catch up on Peyton. We are just devastated to hear the news about Peyton and can’t stop crying! Peyton was such an inspiration to all of us and such a beautiful boy. Our hearts go out to you.
    Kami (Mackenzie’s Mom), Mackenzie & Kobe

  22.   Merlin's mum Says:

    So so sorry to hear the news about Peyton, it made tears come to our eyes. Thinking of you.
    Merlins Mum

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