Friday, December 11, 2009

one of our very best friends...

For those of you who have been keeping up on FB, you know the status on Pearl since last Thursday has spiraled downward. Pearl's condition was verified yesterday by a blood test that she had 100% renal (kidney) failure with the liver well on its way. We had to make a very tough decision last evening. We even called MSU to enroll her in an experimental program and they were not accepting cases as these. We did not want her to suffer any longer as there was nothing more we could do.

Life is full of disappointments... I believe this is a safe way children can experience these trials, here on the farm, here with dad and mom, here with the family. We are in this life together... I hope that it will help them to deal better with life's bigger challenges that will come along. Of course, we never wanted this to happen at all. We are trying to find some good in this sadness...

Pearl will be sadly missed... She taught us so much, and to this we are ever grateful. She "took us on" as her students as we learned from her this past year. In all of our many new challenges with our lifestyle changes, Pearl (and Jim) made driving horses a breeze and made us look as if we had been doing it for years.

20 comments:

Blessings said...

Ang, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss or Pearl.
~~HUGS~~

Flat Creek Farm said...

So sorry about Pearl! Bless all of you! -Tammy

Mancelona Woodswoman said...

Being able to experience driving Pearl on one of my visits will always remain in my heart.

I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a good horse, plain and simple. It's never easy...

Prayers to you Ang, and your wonderful family.

Mrs. Bee said...

Very sorry to hear of the loss of Pearl. I will pray that God will allow you to have wonderful memories from your time with Pearl and that He will heal your hearts quickly.
I so agree with you about the importance of children learning from these trials as a family...so important , especially when they get older, to know that mom and dad are there together, on the same page and have taught them the truths of life from scripture. Such a heartbreak for me to see children and young adults beside themselves over the loss of someone because they know not the saving grace of Jesus, the peace he gives. I am glad my grown children have that peace and knowledge that God has a purpose and a plan...we don't have to fly by the seat of our own emotions!

Tea with Willow said...

My heart goes out to you and your family over the loss of beautiful Pearl. Having lost a horse that we loaned last year, to colic, I know just how heartbreaking it is ... I still have very vivid dreams about her, even now - her way of staying close, I suppose.

I'm sure you will treasure your memories of such a brave, honest and hard working friend.

With love,
Willow xxx

silversewer said...

I am so sorry to hear that you have had to make the decision no one wants to make, to have Pearl put to sleep.

She has indeed been a wonderful friend to you all over the past year. She will never be replaced but I hope you soon find another horse you can work with.

Rhonda Jean said...

Poor Pearl. I'm glad she had owners who cared for her right through to the end. I feel sad for Jim. He will miss his girl.

Captain's Wife - Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry about Pearl. :(

Happy Days said...

Angie and family, I am so so sorry to hear about Pearl. What a gentle giant she was, and while with you she gave you a lot of herself. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know it will be a hardship on you all this winter. But when God takes away, there is usually a gift somewhere in the future. I am sorry for the kids...debbie

Sherry in MI said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. What a huge loss. Thinking of you all . . .

RiverBend Farm said...

It's like a kick in the gut to lose one of your horses..been there, done that..and am so sorry that you're having to go through this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Berte,
Texas

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Ang....I don't know what to say. I am SO sorry. I love you guys.
Cindy

NeeCee said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much you love and depended on her.

Spring Lake Farm said...

I am so very sorry for your loss! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandy

Teri said...

So very sorry to hear about Pearl. I do know what it is like to have a loss such as this. Take care.

A Country Helpmeet said...

As I said on FB, I am so very sorry for your loss. You worded it well in the fact that the kids could learn this while at home with you and the Gentle Giant.

(((HUGS)))

Shelby said...

So very sorry to hear this.

Jo Griffith said...

I am so sorry to hear about Pearl. As small time farmers, we feel for you. It hurts to hear when these things happen to others trying to live the dream.

Kelle said...

Ang and family,
Please accept our sympathies, loosing a dear friend, human or animal is sad.
When our 18 yr old Jersey cow injured her hind leg,we too had to decide what was best for Bessie, even as hard as it was to loose her we knew we were doing the right thing.
{{{{HUGS}}}} for each of you.
Blessings from,
The Never Done Farm

Jenna said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Pearl. Those decisions are extremely tough to make...I totally understand.

God bless you all~

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