A heartbreaking day back home in Montreal where mom had to say goodbye to her constant companion for these many years, Felix.  He’d been ill for a while now and, in recent days, his condition had really taken a turn for the worse.  It’s always difficult to know when is the right time to let them go, and I know mom really agonized over the decision, but when it reached the point where he wouldn’t even eat the home made chicken she would attempt to hand feed him, it became readily apparent that the time had come.  Which, of course, doesn’t make the decision any easier.

Mom never sought out a dog and I’m not sure what ultimately convinced her to adopt, but it was clear to me that in the many years since, she never second-guessed that decision.  She and Felix were inseparable.  She would dote on him. So much so that my sister, Andria, would often describe him as: “The son she never had.”

Felix came into my mother’s life late in his, but they were, without a doubt, the best of his 12 years.

It won’t be the same without him.


28 thoughts on “December 17, 2019: Felix

  1. Oh no! What a sad day. Felix always did seem like a real treasure to your mom and I’m sure he was a great comfort and company. Please pass on my deepest condolences to your Mom.

  2. So sorry to read this. I obviously never knew Felix but empathise closely with what you so beautifully have written here. Please send my condolences to your Mum. Please tell her not to be sad and let her know everytime she remembers him it will be because he is by her side

  3. I am so sorry to hear about Felix. Our little furry friends are so loving and we love them back. My condolences to you all.

  4. Having just gone through this myself, I can understand how difficult the loss of our beloved companion is – especially to those of us who are older ourselves. I am sorry for the loss of your mom’s cherished fur baby.

  5. I recall you mentioning on more than a couple occasions
    your moms extremely close bond with Felix.
    I cannot even begin to imagine the immeasurable heartbreak she must be experiencing.

    Sending warmest gentlest hugs
    wrapped in love care and deepest sympathies
    her way.

  6. Awww. Condolences to your mom. It’s always tough to say goodbye to a pet because they are such a large part of the family, too.

  7. Understand the sentiment. My Mom has her dog in Florida for winter. I do miss him. He had become dependent on me because of my Mom’s knee and I was home for the past 3 yrs because of my accident (still not working). Speaking of work, I have been watching Killjoys and on Season4. Saw the Name Ian Brock. IS that the same as your Dark Matter? I know other DM members have been in the credits.

  8. I learned a long time ago, no matter the age of the owner, it is NEVER easy to loose a beloved pet. I would think elderly moms and dads understand that one day it would happen and their fur baby would be gone. After all, they, of all people understand nothing lives forever. But actually, I believe the elderly take the loss harder.

    I am so glad you were there for her. Please give your mom a long, gentle, warm hug from me. Her cat died a few years ago. I can’t remember…. does she have any other animals besides her “grand-dogs” now? If not, it is going to be an empty feeling house. If she is up to it, perhaps a trip to the animal shelter this Christmas would help…

  9. So very sorry for your mom on her loss. Sometimes people are reluctant to adopt pets for fear they will become too attached…then they do, and it’s wonderful. He looks like a wonderful little guy and very happy to be with your mom. My condolences.

  10. I’m so sorry for your mums loss. Losing your best friend is never easy. Please pass on my deepest condolences

  11. My thoughts are with your mum. Such a hard decision but the right one to make to stop a loved one’s suffering.

  12. My deepest sympathy to your mother and your whole family. Until someone experiences the wrenching loss of a beloved pet, they have no understanding of the depth of the pain. Please give her my sincere condolences.

  13. I’m so sorry about Felix. My deepest condolences to everyone. Losing a beloved pet is just about the most painful thing one can experience, and I am sorry for Mom’s loss.

  14. That’s so heartbreaking. I’m sorry for your Mom’s loss. Felix was such a handsome boy. I’m glad you’re there with her. It’s hard losing a furbaby. {{{Hugs}}}

  15. Awww I’m so sorry for your loss 😢… I don’t know what I’d do without my GS Storm .. she’s a pain in my butt but always puts a smile on my face … take care Mrs. M

  16. I am so sorry for your mother. My 95 year old Mom just had to say good bye to her 15 year old dog. It was really hard and she misses her dearly as I am sure your mom does with Felix. Please give your mother my condolences.

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