Friday, June 5, 2015

GOOD BYE DAFI...



In the end it had to be done. Twice we made an appointment at the vet and twice I cancelled it.



But then it was not possible any more to go on. We had to let her go. She went softly and calmly. With many last hugs and strokes. The crying and the sadness was hard on us for days and days. But now the wonderful memories surface.




She was our beloved Dafi for more than sixteen years. I remember vividly the day our son and I brought  her home. A six week old bundle of joy. So sweet, so trusting, at once loving us all. She instantly became a member of our family.




She grew up to be a marvelous dog lady, very beautiful with silky fur, a pink speckled nose and bright dark eyes. She was a companion to us, and especially to my husband on many hikes all over Israel. She was a play friend to my grandchildren. Everyone was fond of her. She always welcomed our family guests, my nieces and my sister from Germany. She started a friendship with the then boyfriend, now husband of one of my nieces, they created a special bond in minutes of his arrival. She got along with all the cats we have. She was never ever mean. She loved to eat. Oh, how she loved to eat! Her own food and that of everyone else too. At mealtimes or picnics she would sit quietly nearby and wait for a treat. She liked licking ice cream from the stick. 



 Dafi was always in a good mood. She was never grumpy. Her tail went into action first thing in the morning greeting us, and the wiggling was her constant expression of affection. On our outings she would jump and run, tireless. Walking a trail she would always make the distance twice or even more, by running up to me and then back to my husband, who was stuck behind photographing wildflowers, then again to me checking that all was okay, and whoop back to him. She loved the sea. Her joy de vivre was endless. Her love was greater than heaven.



We miss her - we will think of her often - we will talk about her - we will remember her - we will love her forever. 

Thank you Dafi for making our life so much richer, so beautiful, so meaningful, so enjoyable.



 The last photos, some hours before... Good bye Dafi...

8 comments:

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Yael, this made me cry! And smile at the same time. What a beautiful meaningful tribute to a glorious companion. I loved every photo you included, and I could just see the love spread around all those family and friends. Es tut mir so leid, aber ich sehe das Gluck, und ich denke Dafi lebt weiter in dir und deine liebe Familia. XXX

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful, yet sad for you and your family. Dafi, she was a loyal friend.

Anonymous said...

Tut mir schrecklich leid :((( Dafi war eine ganz ganz liebe und brave Hundedame! Macht mich traurig dass sie bei unserem Besuch nicht mehr da sein wird. HEL 💜Judith & Felix

wanda miller said...

I am so very sorry. Yael, this is such a deep and marvelous post about Dafi and all the love AROUND. you brought tears to my eyes, I have lived in this spot, and yet, so much joy you've shown and produced here with all these lovely photos! xoxo

Irmtraud Kesselring said...

Yael, wunderbare Gedanken an eine sehr schöne Hundedame. Sie hat den Regenbogen überquert und lebt jetzt mit vielen anderen Hunden zusammen. Es geht ihr dort sehr gut. Und sie hat bei Euch eine wundervolle Zeit verlebt. Ich trauere mit euch.
Liebe Grüße schickt
Irmi

Anonymous said...

Die liebe Dafi hat uns verlassen. Doch die Bilder, die die schoenen Augenblicke mit ihr festgehalten haben, werden uns immer an sie erinnern.

Tomoko said...

Yael,It is sad. I am so sorry.
I see from your many photos how Dafi was loved by your family.
He was happy with you all.

stardust said...

Sorry to hear about your terrible loss of Dafi, Yael. I understand how she was a beautiful and loving loved family member. “She went softly and calmly. With many last hugs and strokes.” is a good news in such a heartbreaking experience. I still remember the time when our Lynne (Japanese Siba) passed away at 13. This post is a heartfelt tribute to Dafi. The past pleasure is a part of the sadness now and the happy time with her will be full grown whenever you remember her. Time will heal you with sweet memories.

Yoko