Both the Golden Retriever and the Weimaraner have only an average life span of 10-12 years, and these buddies both were here for 13. According to research, cancer is the most common cause of death in the American Goldens and is the breed's biggest killer. Oscar had cancer.
I was compelled to make a personal card for them. My thoughts were infused with sadness that I can't explain. This is what I wrote:
"We feel your loss of your beloved pet, Oscar. We know he will be greatly missed and know he'll remain with you in memory for a lifetime. Memories never die.
Oscar had a good life and was happy and content and well cared for in his and your lives. Now he is gone and you all grieve. It is a wonderful thing to have good and sympathetic friends who care and loved him too. He was a perfect companion for you and others, including his friend, Harley.
Be sure to appreciate how he affected your lives and you'll remember him with love. He's now peacefully asleep."
I don't think I've ever sent a sympathy card to anyone regarding the loss of a pet. We have lost many through the years and I do know how it feels - oh, yes.
To quote Harley's mistress, "Lake Chrisann has lost a beautiful soul today."
Oscar died in his sleep.