Saturday- A Little Personal – Lucy and Twiggy Have a Tough Talk

Please be aware this post is about a serious subject.

Hello, friends of Lucy and Twiggy. We have all enjoyed the adventures of these two, and in some ways, we have become family interacting with their experiences. It is fitting for you to know that Lucy has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. There is nothing that can be done but to keep her comfortable. She is on medication that keeps her pain-free and eating and drinking normally. It is a matter of time, now unknown, before we will have to let her go. We feel that to have Lucy disappear and then explain after the fact would not be faithful to the time you have invested in her stories. Although this information is hard to communicate, I think we owe you transparency regarding her condition. The stories will continue for as long as possible, and we won’t be mentioning cancer again. Lucy is talking to Twiggy.

“So what did the doctor say?”

“She said I have inoperable cancer, Little One.”

“What does inoperable mean?”

“Well, it means they can’t fix it.”

“If they can’t fix it, what’s going to happen?”

“It means I’m going to be taking a trip.”

“Trip? What kind of trip?”

“I’m going to go and find Bailey over the Rainbow Bridge.”

“I don’t think I understand. When will you be back?”

“Well, Little One, I won’t be back if I find Bailey.”

“Won’t be back? I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“It is the way life is, though. There is a circle that we all move in.”

“If it’s a circle, can I go with you?”

“No, that’s not how it works. You have a full life ahead of you. Besides, mom and dad will need your help.”

“Please let me go with you, Lucy.”

“Twiggy. You have your job to do here. Don’t worry when it is your time. I’ll be waiting for you.”

“Promise?”

“You have my promise, Little One. Now let’s get mom to give us a treat.”

“I love you, Lucy.”

“I love you, Little One.”

144 comments

  1. “When it’s your time I’ll be waiting for you”… oh John, I know how hard this is. What a beautifully written post to tell your readers about Lucy. The first thing I thought about was Bailey. My heart feels for you and your family. Bless Lucy.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. She is comfortable and is eating and drinking well so we are taking it one day at a time.

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      1. That’s good to know. Thank you for telling me. How is Twiggy with all of this?

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      2. Twiggy knows something but she is okay. She sniffs Lucy a lot to stay on top of things.

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      3. That’s good to know. Thank you for telling me, John.

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  2. I’m so sorry, John. My heart is breaking for you and your wife. This post brought tears to my eyes. If Heaven is all that we could ever desire it to be, then I believe we will be reunited with our pets again in the afterlife. In the meantime, Bailey will be waiting for Lucy beyond the rainbow bridge on that beach that stretches forever. πŸ’™

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    1. Thank you, Mae. Your words are very comforting. Know that Lucy is still living her life. She is eating well and is pain free. It is a matter of time, though when she will need help over that bridge. It is so hard to contemplate but we know we will do what is best for Lucy. Thank you again for your heartfelt thoughts.

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      1. πŸ’™ πŸ’” ❀️

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  3. I didn’t see this when you originally posted. I’m am so sorry, John. I can’t imagine how you and your wife must be feeling. I’m typing this through tears. This was such a beautiful, poignant way to break the news. I pray for everyone’s peace and that the medicine keeps sweet Lucy pain free for a long time. Sending hugs and love to all of you.

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    1. Thank you for your tender thoughts, Staci. Lucy is comfortable and doing quite well. The inevitable is still a reality but for now she is still living her life. I appreciate your concern and kindness.

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  4. The joy of holding your dogs in your heart is always mixed with this dread, and the grief and sorrow it brings, John. A sad time for you all. Take comfort in the good life you gave to Lucy.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Judith. The thought of the good life she has had sustains us for sure. 😊

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