December 13, 2015

Hector 2005 – 2015

Posted in Haven Blog tagged , , , at 1:33 pm by havenoftheheart

“Softly he left my embrace and walked across the room. Without making a sound, he lowered his body ever so gently onto the doggy bed.  There he drifted away with grace and nobility into a greater realm.”

This was truly what happened when Hector left me, as if an angel had descended upon him and led him away. Strangely, instead of grief, I felt peace… and pride. Yes, I am proud of my handsome Hector, for being majestic, brave and dignified.

Hector was adopted out as a puppy 10 years ago, but sadly, he was returned to the Haven when his owner passed away.  Hector, who lived in a country property all his life with his elderly owner, was rather shy and did not easily interact with strangers or other animals.

Dogs are resilient creatures. They bear heartaches, abuse and neglect but always seem to get through hardship with unbridled optimism and high spirit, given that we provide them with love, care, support and plenty of treats.  Hector was a fine example. Through playtime with both human and other dogs, he slowly gained confidence and trust.

In late November, Hector was rushed to the hospital for surgery after discovering that there was a tumour in his spleen and it had ruptured.  Surgery went extremely well and it was a joy for me to see that he recovered quickly and mightily to his own noble self.  Alas, all good things must come to an end, even with his spleen incised, the cancer had metastasized and his prognosis was poor.  On December 8, three weeks after his surgery, Hector passed away with grace and nobility.

He will always be in my heart.

Hector-2

 

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1 Comment

  1. Claudine said,

    RIP Hector. You were loved with Ursula.


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