November 7, 2011

RIP Zoey




So I haven't been online and blogging much lately and I have been making vague references to sadness and illness but I didn't really feel much like sharing.  My Zoey doggie had been very sick for the last few weeks and I was busy taking care of her, which was very difficult emotionally. Last week, her health finally got too poor to manage and I made the hard decision to say goodbye to her.  She was at least 12 years old and was such an amazing friend to me for all of those years.  She had such a personality and made so many people smile and laugh.
It was hard to say goodbye, but it is also a relief.  I didn't want to see her suffer, and seeing her not want to eat even her favorite people foods was heartbreaking.  We had a nice last few days, with many of her favorite people coming over to visit her and give her pets and kisses.
The day after she died, Alex and I went to Tandy Leather and I picked up some supplies to make myself a pair of cuff bracelets from the leather collar she wore for many years.  I cut the collar, added snaps, and riveted two of her dog tags to the bracelets.  The leather is so soft and smooth, a feeling that only comes with long time wear and age.  And for the past few months, wearing thick leather bands on my wrists has been a bit of a signature look for me, so I feel really good about having these to wear close to me to remind me of my Zoey every day.
I enjoyed thinking up this idea and learning to use these new supplies.  I think it helped me to have a special project to work on to work through my sadness. I guess it is unsurprising that with the way I live my life immersed in art, I would use my art/craft to help me grieve as well.

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

25 comments:

  1. What a sweetie pie...so sorry about your loss!
    Great bracelets to remember her with, I love this idea!

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  2. I'd seen your dog had been ill and sorry to read she has gone. the bracelets are a lovely way to remember her.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear Zoey is gone from your lives but she will always live on in your heart and such a nice way to use the bracelets to remember her by. I have had dogs all my life till now and parting with each one has left me so sad.
    Jackie

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  4. What a very emotional post. I can feel the sadness in your words and having been through a similar situation with my little yorkie friend of 16 years all I can say is that even though I miss her dearly 6 years later I am happy that she is not suffering. I know she would not want to live that way and in her last days she could not even get up to go to the bathroom and would wet herself. Dogs don't want to live like that and in my case I ended up putting her down. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I am comforted by memories of us and I have a cabinet full of memorabilia including her ashes. The cabinet is in my art room as where she would be with me each day.

    Your bracelets are a wonderful idea, both fashionable and unique, they will help you through your sadness reminding you of the good days when you ran together and played. Zoey will live forever in your memories. I am sorry for your loss.
    Hugs and more hugs, Connie

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  5. Oh honey. I knew that something was up. I am so sorry for your loss. You gave Zooey such a wonderful life and there is nothing greater than to share your love. I still miss my Madison and every year at Christmas (he died right before in 2005) we put his 'jingles', his collar on the Christmas tree. What a lovely tribute to your furry friend. Sending you a hug through the miles.
    Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss!!!!! Our pets are family too- loved deeply. I know your heartbreak. Love that you found a way to honor her and keep her close. What breed was she? She looks just like the dog I had growing up, a chow-husky.....she was a pure joy! *hugs*

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  7. I am saddened by the loss of your family member. May only good memories stay with you forever. Love the cuff idea. Sincere sympathies.

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  8. so sorry melanie- but ultimately, that was your final act of love for her... it is so hard to lose those we love... i like how you have her worn collar on your person now... let the tears flow - she was special to you...

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  9. I am so sorry Melanie. As a person who shares her life with an elderly dog,myself, I do so appreciate the emotional time this has been. I am deeply touched that you can keep a part of Zoe with you in the cuffs.

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  10. I can fully sympathize, having lost my own doggie love a couple of years ago. He, too, reached that stage in life, but was unwilling to leave his human. It's hard, but we get through it. You've found a wonderful way to work thru the sadness and create a memento of her.

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Zoey dog. I know how those big furry babies wiggle a way into your heart...I still miss Ilene (our Malamute) and the big hole she left in our hearts and the emptiness (literal and figurative) in our home...I love the idea you had to have a memento and something close at hand to remember Zoey! Ilene wore a rolled leather collar, so we have it up on our mantle with the urn containing her ashes...They may leave us physically, but they'll always live in our hearts :o)

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  12. I'm sorry to hear about your doggie Zoey.. I think Zoey had a wonderful life with you.. You made a very nice bracelet, a tribute to Zoey.. beautiful..

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  13. So sorry for your loss :( losing a friend like that is so difficult. What a beautiful tribute though, absolutely beautiful. <3

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  14. Hugs to you friend..wishing you comfort and healing..and here's to the beautiful spirit of your beloved one!
    Victoria

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  15. Sorry to hear about your buddy, Zoey. The cuffs are a nice tribute. Take care. Hugs <3

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  16. I am so sorry to hear of Zoey's passing. I had gotten to know her over the years I have been reading your blog so I have some sense of the magnitude of your loss. I am glad you can keep her memory close with your cuff bracelet. You are in my thoughts.

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  17. Hi friend!! I feel so sorry for your loss!!!! Zoey had a lovely life with you for sure!!
    She flew away with love inside! Wishing you the healing of time!
    Hugs & kisses!!

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  18. I am so sorry to hear you lost Zoey. They are never with us long enough.
    I love how you turned her collar and tags into such a wonderful tribute to her.

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  19. I am so sorry about your loss. Letting our best friends go is the hardest thing but it is the most loving gift you could give Zoey. And the bracelets are such a fitting way to remember her.

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  20. Awww, I'm so very sorry to hear that Zoey dog went over the Rainbow Bridge...hugs to you...

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  21. Hi Melanie,
    I am so sorry to hear that! It is so hard to loose a friend. What a wonderful way to honor her. XO

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  22. Oh Melanie. I am so touched by this. We here feel that our beloved pets are just like our children. They are so sweet and never hurt anyone. I am sending you masses of hugs!
    all love,

    jean xoxoxox

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  23. Melanie,
    I'm so sorry to hear this news about Zoey. I've enjoyed hearing about her and seeing pictures of her on your blog over the years. The bracelets are a beautiful way to honor her and keep her close.
    With sincerest sympathy,
    Virginia

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  24. Melanie,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Our pets definitely become one of the family. What a wonderful way to remember your sweet pet, and to keep Zoey close to you. I hope they bring you the comfort that you need and deserve... (((hugs)))
    Stephanie

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  25. Melanie, I'm so sorry to hear about Zoe. She was a beautiful girl and I enjoyed reading about her thru all these years. Those furry friends become very much part of our family and we love them just like we do our humans. She had a lovely life with you, I love the way you choose to honor her and help you find comfort too. Many hugs.
    xoxo
    Yolanda

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