We grieve as we say goodbye to our darling Meg ( Kyon’s Time Flashes By)

meg may 2013

Late tonight we sadly made the most difficult decision to let our sweet Meg ( Kyon’s Time Flashes By) go to sleep- for ever – and so the matriarch of the the highly successful “flash-line” is now no more. We rushed Meg into the closest animal clinic this late afternoon- and our vet employed all efforts to save her life. I held Meg while she was put on intravenous fluid, plus given pain medication to ease her abdominal discomfort – however it was sadly all to no avail. I just got off the phone with our veterinarian, who explained that Meg was in acute pain and would likely die over-night, unless we decided to ease her passing now– and so I sadly gave my consent to end her suffering. This is, after all, the final gift we can give our dogs; a gentle passing- surrounded by loving concern.

I am sitting here in disbelief – just 4 days ago Meg appeared robustly healthy and well. Then 3 days ago she started picking at her food and did some minor vomiting. However, even yesterday she ate half of her meal… and so we expected that she would fully recover. Even earlier today Meg was walking around, going outside to briefly exercise- and drinking water. Then this afternoon she suddenly refused all food- and at that time I knew she was now in serious trouble- since she always just LOVED to eat. That she is now already gone, so soon thereafter, is almost impossible to comprehend: She did not have the typical steady decline that one would expect from an old dog well into her 14th year– and so I was totally unprepared for loosing her. I am writing this through a veil of tears.

Meg had more heart than any dog we have known… and that this valiant heart has stopped beating was something we were not quite prepared for. Of course we knew she was an old dog, and of course we know old dogs eventually pass away- but Meg had passed her ‘senior wellness blood tests’ with flying colours just 2 weeks ago. Up until this week she seemed robustly healthy and well, not like the very old girl she was, at all… unfortunately,however, she was actually nearing the end of her life; it was just that WE did not fully realize this. If there is any comfort in her passing, it is that she only had one day of acute ill health in her whole life.

Meg was never supposed to be our dog. Rather she was returned to us after her co-owner tragically passed away. She had never left his side– and was forever present– to ease both her owners and the rest of the whole Thompson family’s distress, during this most difficult time. When she was returned to us we were supposed to re-home her, however, we instead fell in love with Meg. She had incredible character, made us laugh with her strong- willed and most vocal tendencies, she was an exceptionally keen retriever and always loved swimming– and most of all she was a wonderful dam who gave us 3 lovely litters… and she was exceedingly gentle with ALL babies, not only her own pups. After retirement from maternal duties at age 6 she has been our beloved house-pet for many, many years now, and thus an integral part of the very fabric of our lives.

Meg was deeply loved and is sadly missed by the whole Barr-Klouman clan. to see more photos of Meg please visit our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151499862988106.1073741832.177264048105&type=3

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26 Responses to We grieve as we say goodbye to our darling Meg ( Kyon’s Time Flashes By)

  1. Jo-Ann and Al Moody says:

    Dear Karin and Wally and families, so very sad reading about Meg this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May all the other golden smiles help comfort you.

    Al, Jo-Ann, Cosmo and Sierra

  2. Tammy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to lose such an important part of the family. I lost my Golden, Swimmer, while my husband was in Afghanistan and it was the hardest time for me. I cried that entire weekend and as I lay there, I swore I heard his barks in the distance, it broke my heart. For the next 4 months my house was so empty and quiet..I think my neighbors wondered if I had turned into a recluse. I couldn’t stand it the silence and I missed Swimmer terribly. I struggled on whether to get another dog yet 4 months later I picked up an 8 week old angel in a little crate at the airport. My new golden, Koa, filled my life with joy and surprise. Quite the handful of getting into everything, trying to eat bugs, rocks, anything he could get his mouth on. He’s eaten dry wall baseboards, shells, wicker decorative balls, loves toilet paper and anything that moves. I thought to myself, what was I thinking? He is now 15 months old and the greatest dog ever… Thank goodness I didn’t loose my mind in the puppy stage, lol. I hope this story has lifted your spirits a bit, but I know only time will truly help the heart. Meg, like Swimmer, will live forever in your heart and I hope they are playing together over the Rainbow Bridge.

    • karin says:

      Thank you for your heartfelt paragraph, Tammy- I really understand how terribly difficult it must have been for you when you lost Swimmer. Having to cope with that loss, while your husband also was so far away in Afghanistan, can only have been unimaginably difficult. I am so glad your persisted with Koa- and yes your note has lifted my spirits a bit. I indeed know how those first puppy months can be a trial, but then once those months are gone — and the puppy-stage has ‘simmered down’ what we are left with is the joy and happiness of having another devoted canine companion. For me, watching new life grow, is what truly helps heal deep grief…. I draw much comfort in knowing that Meg lives on, in her many descendants..

  3. Marie Couture says:

    Very very sad. Meg had a wonderful life with you.

    • karin says:

      thank you for your kind words- we were so very lucky to have Meg in our lives, she enriched our life tremendously.

  4. Debra Moore says:

    What a beautiful story of a beautiful dog. Each of them are so very unique, hence the grief we feel with each of their passings is also unique. I know you’ll receive comfort from all your dogs who will sense Meg’s passing, and your sadness, and will therefore spend some extra time with their heads on your lap.

    • karin says:

      thanks Debra! you are right- the other house-dogs have sensed Meg’s passing, maybe most of all Bugsey. He is a few weeks from starting his 15th year- the two of them were inseparable– and he has indeed seemed a little lost today , while last night he was very restless… in his own way I can tell he is also grieving.

  5. Catherine Lansberry says:

    Dear Karin and Wally

    So very sorry for your loss
    My thoughts and prayers are with you

    • karin says:

      thank you Cathy, you will likely remember Meg- the big golden girl that always was underfoot , in my kitchen, while we were having tea. the one that so good- naturally let all pups jump all over her, as well– oh gosh; it is so hard to get used to her being gone… thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

  6. walt lach says:

    Karin and Wally, I’m so sorry to read your terrible news. I have had, the best joy that life could ever give me, and the worse sorrow that life can give, all over the beautiful breed of a Golden Reteriever. Picking up Bella, a week ago was very hard for me, because I know some day, I’ll have the sorrow again. Hope your days get better, thanks again for all your work, breeding and raising the beauiful ball of fu,r we call Bella. Walt and Vicki

    • karin says:

      thank you, Walt and Vicki– (((hugs))) to Bella – here is hoping you have many many long years ahead of you with your new baby. Truly only new life can help heal the sorrow of having lost a beloved pet.

  7. Linda says:

    Dear Barr-Klouman Family: As we await a new pup from Kyon, we are so sorry to hear of your loss and we know how you feel. It does not matter how old or young they are; they are our constant guardians and our reminders to be gentle, kind, and giving of joy and love as we walk the earth for such a short time. Our hearts go out to you.

    • karin says:

      thank you so much Linda- you are indeed right, the age does not matter, be they old or young our dogs means so much for us– and the void left behind is hard to get used to. however all new life, such as the puppy you will eventually be getting, does help to brighten our days, despite the sorrow over our loss.

  8. Cheryl Knowlton says:

    Oh Karin, Wally & Family

    We are soooo sorry to hear about Meg.

    It is never easy to lose our BEST FRIENDS.

    But the shock of it happening suddenly without warning,
    is so terrifying & sad.

    Hopefully there is some comfort in knowing that Meg didn’t suffer,
    for long. (hardly at all)

    You did the most righteous thing you could have done for her.

    She had a GREAT LIFE.

    I am sure you are glad she remained with you for the rest of her life.

    We often think about Houston at his age of 13 & 1/2,
    and what is in store for him………………

    We know though, he is the healthiest dog we have ever owned –
    YOU HAVE BREED & SHARED WITH US !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Our thoughts are with you.

    Take Care, Love Sherry, Bruce & Houston.

    • karin says:

      thank you so much for your kind words, Sherry. how wonderful to hear that Houston is still doing well– I hope he will be you for a long time still :-) . he is a treasure- as are you as his most caring owners.

  9. Brenda Roszell says:

    So sorry for your loss. I can feel your pain. Losing Abby was difficult for our whole family. All the memories of her as a puppy and watching her grow into a beautiful, kind , funny and sweet girl was worth every minute. Holding her for her last moments was very difficult. She knew how much we loved her and even gave us her little smile. Meg knew how loved she was and I hope you can find comfort in your memories.
    Brenda Roszell

    • karin says:

      thank you Brenda- as you well know loosing a beloved pet is so difficult- although Meg was well into her 14th year and you Abby was 15 that still does not ease the pain– yes we had very long lives with our dogs, but oh dear the emptiness when they leave is near unbearable, at least at first. As time goes by I know all the happy memories will take a more central place when we think of Meg– as it will for you too when you think of Abby.

  10. Chris Jackson says:

    Karin, Wally and Sean, My thoughts are with you. i so hoped you would have some time without losses of special goldens. Please just know that we are all so grateful to you as you go through the pain of losing these loved goldens.

    • karin says:

      thank you Chris, being a breeder is such a hard job sometimes– lately it has been heartbreaking indeed. thank heavens we have the comfort of new life- and the loving support of our wider Kyon family.

  11. Elizabeth Kelly says:

    Karin and Wally,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Isn’t it amazing, you can have a kennel and a house full of wonderful dogs, all of which hold a special place in your heart, but when you lose one- you feel such a sense of loneliness. Fourteen years of age is amazing these days with goldens in general, but you still feel cheated… one more year; one more month… we always want more. I look at Gracie (Kyon’s Smoke N’ Mirrors) every day and am so grateful that she is nearing 12 years of age and is still pretty healthy, (although we had a medical scare that mirrors Meg’s symptoms last week, which like Meg was 2 weeks after her Sr. blood test!) yet I fear the day when she will be gone; how my heart will break. Our goldens play such an important role in our lives and yet they are with us for such a short time, it just doesn’t seem fair.

    Hugs to both of you!
    Elizabeth and Gracie

    • karin says:

      thank you Elizabeth. i am so happy to hear that Gracie is fine. i hope you have her for several more years- and that the little medical scare you had does not mean anything. give her a big hug from me.

  12. Olga Iszkun says:

    Karin & Wally – I am so sorry to hear of the passing of the “Queen of the House”, your Meg. It was just four weekends ago when I drove to Kyon for the first time to drop off Jenna for her breeding to Mick and got to meet Meg as we were having tea in the house. How content she was on her dog bed in the kitchen! She was a happy girl and its because of your care and love for her that she enjoyed her life so and was so healthy right up until the very last. I hope you can take some comfort in that. Although she gave you three litters and a good long life, I know from having a fourteen year-old at home myself, that it is never long enough. Cherish the blessing that she was and may your heart heal soon.
    Best regards,
    Olga Iszkun
    P.S. Jenna has her ultrasound next week. Wish us luck!

    • karin says:

      thanks Olga. yes it is indeed so sad that meg is gone- she had such huge character- the void left behind is huge…

  13. Jane Craig says:

    Dear Karin, Wally, Sean and family,

    I just read the news of Meg’s passing, and am grieving for you. We lost our beautiful Jasper (a mixed Golden and a rescue pup) about a year and a half ago, and I thought the pain would never end. He is still with me and always will be, in my heart. I wish you comfort as you watch the descendants to whom Meg gave life, and in whom her special spirit will live on.

    On February 6, Sean met me at the Toronto airport and gently handed over to me our Crispin (Stella/Mick). Although the ache of loss is a deep one, where one has truly loved–words cannot describe the joy that Crispin has now brought to us. I have so much gratitude to Kyon for giving us this beautiful, sweet, loving puppy. When he snuggles close to me and I smell his unique Crispin scent (mixed with mud quite frequently), or he runs to me with faithful love in his eyes, I feel peaceful and happy. And healing.

    Thank you with all of my heart for giving us Crispin. I wish you comfort on your journey through grief, and the special healing that new, loving life can bring.

    • karin says:

      i am so glad to hear that Crispin is giving you joy and helping you heal… like you we find great comfort in ‘new life’– the old life will never be forgotten, but thankfully the heart has many chambers– and so we move forward, while still carrying the memory of Meg with us, each and every day.

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