Monday, March 09, 2009

Bittersweet Weekend

Our night out on Saturday night with the ww girls

Saturday was truly one of the worst days of our lives. We had to have our german shepherd Bonnie put to sleep. She was nearly 15 years old and we had been expecting something like this to happen but it's still very hard to deal with. I came home Friday night after picking Ashleigh up from girls guides and she was dragging her back legs along the concrete. We knew straight away it was bad. Steve was out on a boys night so Nikki sat with her for hours. She didn't seem to be in pain or wasn't showing it. When Steve got home, he too sat with her for a few hours. I guess we all knew this would be goodbye. Saturday morning her breathing wasn't too good so we said our goodbyes and Steve took her to the vet. We knew she wouldn't come home.

Nikki was so upset. We all were but Nikki took it the hardest and cried most of the day. Nothing I could do but comfort her. Steve came back from the vet and broke down. I've never seen him like that. She was our first baby. We got her just after we got married 14 years ago. It's the little things that are so hard like her not greeting us when we drive in the roller door. Or she always sat out by the back door waiting for someone to come outside. And last night we had leftovers which I always put in Bonnie's bowl.
It is so very hard. She was one of our family!! RIP Bonnie. You will be very missed.

Onto a brighter note. We had a get together of some of the Adelaide weight watchers. We formed a facebook group with ladies who have or had over 30 kgs to lose. Derry, Sharon and Sonya are all very close or at goal and looked unreal. The others, Joanne, Jo, Tania, Kazz and myself are at various different stages of our journeys and we all looked hot too - LOL!!!

We had dinner at a thai restaurant and I think everyone really enjoyed their meals. Then onto Cibos for a coffee and a few of us headed to the casino. I had to catch a train home but a few of the others partied on and had a great night by all accounts. Thanks girls. It was just what I needed to take my mind off of things and I really enjoyed meeting the girls I hadn't met before. We'll definitely do it again soon.
Yesterday we had a family lunch for Jarryd's 8th birthday. It was a lovely day and Steve's parents and sister and kids drove over from the Yorke Peninsular for the day. My mum, grandma, sister, brother and SIL and their kids were there too so there were quite a few of us. Some of the kids went in the pool but I think it was pretty cold. It was a great day.
Then last night, Tania came over for our usual Sunday 5km walk. She brought her 6 month old daughter Mikayla with her and she was just delightful. Lots of smiles and chatting along the way. Thanks Tania. It was lovely to walk and chat about life.
This morning I caught up with a friend and her kids and we went for a walk in the sunshine and then came back to the Largs kiosk for coffee and got the kids some hot chips for lunch. It is a holiday here in Adelaide today for Adelaide Cup.
So like I said, it sure has been bittersweet this weekend!!


jmehaley said...

Tina, sooo sorry to hear about Bonnie that really is sad, but she is not any pain now so think of it that way though i know it is hard. On a different note wooo hooo it looked like a great night out, i hope you enjoyed it.


Tania said...

I think losing a loved one is the hardest thing we ever have to deal with and dogs are so much a part of the family! I hope that you all find ways to cope with Bonnie's loss, she definitely had a good life.

Saturday night was great wasn't it? I really enjoyed myself - surprising for me because i'm usually uncomfortable in those situations (for fear of being judged) but they really are such a great bunch of girls.

It was great to walk again last night too - Mikayla slept most of the way home and went down without a fuss for the night too!

I'm enjoying our walks, I think we've caught up more so far this year than what we probably did in the entire year last year which is great.

Jenny said...

Sorry Tina, to hear that Bonnie is no longer with you. You had her for a long time and it sounds like she was a great dog. The rest of your weekend sounded great though. Our kids are growing up.

Martine said...


My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Bonnie. I fully understand how you feel. Congratulations on the fabulous weight loss again this week, you must be very proud of yourself. I think once you have your head in gear it is quite easy. Must meet with Tania for a coffee one day. Martine

Joanne said...

Tina I think you did a great job to go out and enjoy yourself after such a horrible day on Saturday. I am so glad you came!!
Thanks for being such a good friend this year.

Kate said...

Oh Tina... poor bonnie and poor you and the the family too :(

Losing a pet that you've had for so long is so hard :(

*big hugs to you* K xx

Anonymous said...

Oh Tina, I'm so sorry to hear about Bonnie :( It's so awful when things like that happen to animals, especially when they are such a big part of the family. Thinking of you!

The WW catchup sounds great :) Yay!


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Jadey 0:-) said...

Oh Tina I am so sorry about Bonnie, that is so very sad. I haven't lost one of my dogs since I was a child but Knackers is getting on now and as they get older I get more and more worried about them. I have no idea how I would cope.