Monday, March 1, 2010

Rest In Peace, Miranda (1999-2010)

It is with great sorrow that I am writing to say that Miranda was euthanized by our vet this morning. My daughter made this very difficult decision, which we supported, and was with Miranda to honor her life and so she would have a familiar face with her at the end. My daughter wanted to do this alone, and as you can imagine is devastated. We will never know for sure what was wrong with Miranda, but she is now free of her troubles. We will remember her for the times that were good. Rest in peace, chestnut mare.

54 comments:

  1. My condolences to you and your daughter, Kate. This too shall pass.

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  2. Kate, I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you at this very sad time. You have done her a very great service and as you say, she is at peace now. x

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  3. Thank you Kate, and your daughter, for being responsible, strong horsewomen. This is one of the hardest decisions owners face, and I applaud you for making peace for Miranda.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both. Miranda will be watching over you both, but now she can do it with joy in her heart and peace in her mind.

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  4. She was so beautiful! Praying for the both of you.
    Kac

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  5. Your daughter is a class act , as hard as it must have been , she made the wisest and Kindest choice for Miranda. Hugs and hats off to the both of you.
    RIP to the beautiful Miranda

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  6. Oh no - how sad...but the right thing to do given the circumstances. How tough for all of you to go through this.

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  7. What a tough, mature choice your daughter made.

    A lesser horsewoman could not have made that kind of decision.

    My condolences to her...and to you. May Miranda experience the happiness and contentedness she was unable to find on earth.

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  8. I can't imagine how difficult this must have been for your daughter. Just heart breaking, though it sounds like it was the right thing to do, and I know how carefully this decision was made. I hope Miranda has found some peace now.

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  9. Kate, how sorry I am to hear this. I know it had to be one of the hardest decisions for your daughter to make. It was the right choice, but a sad one. What a beautiful horse Miranda was now she is free of pain.
    Prays to you and your daughter at this difficult time.
    I hope it's alright to put this beautiful poem here.

    Do Not Mourn My Passing
    "Do not mourn my passing,
    for if you could only see
    by slipping all my earthly bonds,
    I'm young again and free.
    By day I run the heavenly fields,
    my body well and strong
    At night I sleep at angels' feet,
    lulled by celestial song.
    So do not mourn my passing,
    just close your eyes--you'll see
    I'm once again that gallant horse,
    as you remember me."

    Rest in Peace Miranda

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  10. Kate...I knew this was coming and it is a very sad day, especially for you and your daughter. My daughter and I went through this together...last June, when her horse had to be put down suddenly. You always know when it is the right thing to do. It is good that she was there to comfort Miranda at the end. You have my deepest sympathies. The poem Jane sent has me in tears...

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  11. wow, this is terribly sad. i know you did the right thing, and it's still so sad.

    and i do believe she's in a good place now.

    ~lytha, tearfully

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  12. I'm very sorry. You and your daughter did the very best for Miranda in her life and in her passing. I hope the hurt will ease soon, knowing that Miranda is at peace.

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss. I read your blog and find you have such a great way to use words so beautifully. I was fascinated by what you had described with Miranda, and I can only imagine how difficult this has been for your daughter.

    At least now she won't be hurting, and will be more at ease. My deepest condolences are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  14. I am also very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Miranda.

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  15. I weep with you and your family Kate. Doing the right thing doesn't lessen the ache. May Miranda forever have green pastures.
    ~jon

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  16. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Miranda!! Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

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  17. My condolences, as well. What a hard, yet necessary, decision to have to make. Peace you and yours, as now Miranda is at Peace.

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  18. I applaud the decision made by your daughter. She did not take the easy way out, but took the right way out for Miranda. Miranda is now free of her chains, whatever they were, and galloping across the Rainbow Bridge with many other amazing horses to greet her and show her the way.

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  19. Kate, you had hinted that this was the expected outcome. Knowing you did the right thing doesn't make it hurt any less. I am at a loss for words. Hugs to you and your daughter.

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  20. Prayers and good thoughts to you and your daughter. Miranda is probably free from her pain and frolicking around a pasture right now.

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  21. Our thoughts are with you this sad day. Miranda is free from the pain that blinded her from accepting the love around her - and that is a great blessing. Sometimes the only one possible.

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  22. So sorry to hear this sad news. It's never an easy decision and it's so hard to lose our best friends. I'm sure she's at peace now. My deepest sympathies to you and your daughter during this hard time.

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  23. I am so sorry for your loss. I know this must have been very difficult for both your daughter and you. I hope you both can take some comfort in the fact that she is no longer tormented but at peace. It is a wise person that knows when to let go.

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  24. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's a devastating decision to have to make and it takes a person of exemplary character and selflessness to make it.

    You did the best you could for her. She was obviously unhappy and tormented by something. Now she is at peace and you and your daughter can remember the good times. It was the kindest, most humane decision to make.

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  25. I'm so sorry for your family's loss, especially for the position your daughter is in -- it is the hardest on the person who had to make the decision. But at the same time, it was a carefully made decision, so once the hurt passes your daughter will feel better knowing she did the best she could for Miranda.

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  26. I'm very sorry for the loss and pain such decisions incur. However I applaud your daughter for doing the right thing for Miranda.

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  27. I'm very sorry for the loss of a beautiful mare. From everything you shared here it sounds like the best decision for all concerned - I know it's still very painful though, and I'm sending healing thoughts to you and your daughter. Take good care.

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  28. I'm very sorry for the loss--best wishes to you and your daughter through this.

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  29. I'm sorry it came to that, but I know you made the decision with love and with the best interest of the horse in your hearts.

    My condolences to you both.

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  30. So sorry... she was very beautiful.

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  31. I'm so sorry to read this Kate :( I found this when my beloved dog died and so here it is for you and your daughter:

    SEPARATE LIFETIMES

    We who choose to surround ourselves

    with lives even more temporary than our

    own, live within a fragile circle;

    easily and often breached.

    Unable to accept its awful gaps,

    we would still live no other way.

    We cherish memory as the only

    certain immortality, never fully

    understanding the necessary plan....

    --- Irving Townsend ---

    "The Once Again Prince

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  32. Kate, I know and understand what a difficult decision that was for your daughter. I think, however, that you did the right thing. Know that she is in a better place now. I lost my gorgeous chestnut mare, my Beauty, this summer. She died in an accident and I found her the next morning. It isn't easy losing a horse.

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  33. I am so sorry to read this post. Hugs to you both. Sometimes euthanasia is the kindest thing we can do for a horse. You did the right thing.

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  34. I am so sad to hear this, but your daughter has done the best and bravest thing. Miranda was a beautiful horse with a broken soul.

    My heart goes out to you all. You have given Miranda freedom from her misery. I send my love and support.

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  35. You have my sympathies. Clearly you made every attempt with Miranda and then made a hard and responsible decision that was the best for you, her and future possible owners. I wish you joy in the coming year, and a release from the worry and heartache.

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  36. My deepest thoughts and sorrow for you all. I know it is so terribly hard to understand this right now.

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  37. Hugs to you and your daughter in this sad time.. I was so impressed by everything you did to help Miranda. Losing someone you love is hard but it was the greatest kindness to help Miranda on her journey. You will see her again but without the pain and fear.

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  38. You and your daughter gave the most difficult and unselfish gift of all - you gave Miranda freedom.
    My deepest condolences for your loss.
    Beth,
    in Virginia

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  39. So sorry. So sad. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  40. Bye Miranda. You were a very loved pony and I know you loved them back!!!

    My Friend
    As the clouds above darken
    I hear your thunderous hooves
    Strike lightening through the air
    I walk through our field of joy
    I hear your neigh behind me
    I turn to look and see you in my heart
    What we have learnt together \I will keep forever
    'Till we meet again

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  41. I'm so sorry that there couldn't be a happy ending here. Your daughter was brave and wise to do the right thing for Miranda's hurting soul. She did a beautiful thing, giving her a chance and exhausting the possible causes. Now Miranda is free of her pain and troubles and can have peace.

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  42. So sad, some things in life are just plain tuff. If one can keep a soft heart through such events then they have truley achieved the wisdom of what life is about.

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  43. My deepest sympathies to you all, so sorry it came to this but at least Miranda is free now. Lots of hugs to your daughter xx

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  44. I am so sorry.
    From what you have written, you have tried everything possible, and in spite of this it seems as if she was in pain and troubled.
    You did the right thing. What if she would have hurt someone?
    Many hugs to you both, and in particular to your daughter.

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  45. Oh Kate! Please please give your daughter another hug from me. I know too well that pain and strength it takes to make that decision as a responsible horse owner/lover. Miranda was loved and that is more than a lot of horses even have.
    I'm so so sorry.

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  46. My thoughts are with you and your daughter. She was a beautiful mare, but she is free now from her troubles.

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  47. My heart is with you and your daughter, Kate. I'm so sorry. Doing the most humane thing can also be the hardest thing to do. Your daughter showed great courage. Miranda has found peace now.

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  48. Poor, sweet Miranda, she is finally at peace. Your daughter did the right thing for her. Still, it doesn't make it any easier to say goodbye. I'm so sorry.

    (((hugs)))
    ~Lisa

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  49. I am so sorry for your loss, and my condolences to your (brave) daughter also.

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  50. I couldn't shake that sequence of photos from my mind; there was something heartbreaking in Miranda's eye, such a sense of fear and confusion, of imprisonment. I am so sorry that your daughter had to let her go, and so glad she had the courage to do it. All of us who love our animals understand that momen

    ~ Julia R

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