Sunday, December 21, 2008


One of the hardest days of my life was just recently, December 11th to be exact. My husband and I had to put our beloved Sharpei, Gilligan to sleep. He had been sick recently and losing weight. We found out that he had a mass in his abdomen, and he went downhill quickly. I could not stand to see my best friend suffer so much.

Gilligan was with me through good times and bad, and for a long time it was just the two of us. When I met Larry, he knew that Gilligan was my heart, and to love me was to love Gilligan. He and Gilligan forged a special bond.

I loved to come home to see him hop up and greet me, tail wagging, ready to go outside. When he was diagnosed with Glaucoma, I was determined that he would not lose his sight. My husband and I put drops in his eyes twice a day religiously. The specialist could not believe how well he had responded to the treatment. He was a "special needs" dog, but he gave so much more than he took-unconditional love, compassion, companionship and happiness. When I adopted him, I thought that I was helping him, as it turns out, I needed him a lot more than he needed me. My heart is broken, I have lost my best friend. I just hope that he knew just how much he was (and still is) loved. Goodbye my sweet boy, i'll see you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Thank you all for reading. I hope that each of you and your families have a wonderful Holiday. I will probably be taking a break from the blog thing, just until the first of the year. My heart is just not in it. I hope that you understand, and I promise to keep bringing you great gift ideas in the new year!

Jessica (The Gifting Gumshoe)


Pretty Personal Gifts said...

I'm so sorry. I can't imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you. So very sorry. When you can, please email me your mailing address. I want to send you something. email it to janine@prettypersonalgifts.com
Im so sorry. ~ Janine

a. @ coterie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Gilligan looked like he brought you much joy and I totally understand your not feeling like blogging during this difficult time.

Modern Maven said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much I love my little boy, Reggie. Please take care!

Preppy 101 said...

Oh, I am so sorry. It is so hard to lose a member of our "pet" family. I understand how you feel. Just remember that your "best friend" did know how you felt because you can't fool "dogs or children". And that is so true. Looking forward to visiting with you in 2009. Have a Merry, Merry Christmas. We are all thinking about you. xoxo

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh Miss Gumshoe, I am so, so sorry. Gilligan sounds like he was a very cool fellow, and he looks like he was happy to be in such a loving home.

We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers Miss J, we know how tough it is. For us it always seemed harder during the holidays.

Sending you a cyberhug,

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh my heart breaks for your loss! I'm sorry seems too simple as I know how you feel right now! I'm sending you bloggy love and hugs!!

Anonymous said...

No words can even begin to describe how my heart goes out to you. I know Gilligan was your life and he cannot be replaced. You are in my thoughts and my prayers to in getting through these hard times of sorrow. I am sure the pain will always be present and the spot in your heart for him will never change. Take care Jessica, you by far are the most loving animal person I know and any animal would be so lucky to know you as their mother.
-love always

Anonymous said...

Jessica...sorry for your loss. Hope the New Year brings you renewed hope and maybe another special friend to fill the void you must feel. Thanks for sharing, love your blog! Susan (basement bags)

Kate said...

What a handsome guy. I am so sorry for your loss. My dog is getting old and I just can't imagine what you are going through, losing a beloved family member

The Palm Gifts said...

SO so so sorry! We are thinking of you. Hugs!
The Palm Gifts