We did our best


Thanking everyone for their prayers and purrs for Pedro..sadly we were notified this morning that Alison was going to have to help him on his journey to the bridge.. We tried so hard and we really hoped he would pull through but he was a senior boy and may have been down too long with the cold and his old bones. He was with his Donkey family his Mum Alison and he was treated as we all deserve with respect and dignity and love. Hubby has taken this so badly..when you work so hard and try to have the best outcome you can feel like you have somehow failed. I have chosen the photo below and i will get this printed and framed and when Alison has had time to grieve i will give it to her. Pedro bought neighbours who had never met together..he had all of us talking to him in soothing words and rubbing his ears and telling him what a good boy he was..we tried we really did but he just did not have it in him..he had a lovely life and was living with a wonderful family..he will be sadly missed..i am so sad i only spent those few hours with him..but now i am able to meet his donkey friends and Alisons horse..we have been bought together over our love of animals and Pedro was the catalyst. Hubby is doubting his ability to take part in these animal rescues..a few members simply cannot cope..road trauma and human casualties they deal with all the time ..but these ones get some of the toughest men and women..i hope he still does..as having a person with such love snd respect for animals is what is needed.. Run free sweet Pedro i will never forget the time i was privileged to spend with you..

PEDRO age 40

PEDRO age 40

78 thoughts on “We did our best

  1. Oh nooooo…. so much people crossed their paws and sent you good wishes… but sadly you lost this fight Pedro… I’m so sad for you and your friends…. but you get a place in my heart as the grey hero… but on the other side you are the evidence that this world can be warm and friendly too and that there are so much people with a heart and helping hands for animals…

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    • Beautiful Easy…yes he was a gorgeous sweet old man and i am so glad i got to meet him and spend that time in his lovely presence..indeed the world has some amazing people with hearts of gold..bless him..i am sure he has a special place at the Rainbow Bridge…xx

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  2. I have just had the opportunity to read yesterday’s post and now today’s. I am so saddened for Pedro, but all the love he has received since his accident has most likely made him more comfortable in his final hours. And he has done something wonderful by bringing you and your neighbor together. I will keep his mum in my prayers at this sad time. I know she will treasure that photo when you do give it to her. Sending hugs. ❤

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    • Janet thankyou..i am still so sad we could not get a better outcome..he was very well aware we were trying to help him bless his heart..so gentle//hubby was upset again tonight..he went to his SES meeting and the other members notified that sadly the outcome was not good they all were so sad for Alison and
      Pedro.. thankyou for your kind words.i hope Alison likes the portrait and holds it to her heart..loves BEV XX

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  3. you all should take comfort in the fact that you did everything that you could (and went above and beyond, so much more than so many others would even think doing)….Pedro felt love from all of you…….my heart just breaks ((((hugs))))

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    • Caren thankyou for those words..mine does too..what a day this must have been for Alison…i hate these outcomes…but i do know we gave it our all and for that i can at least feel better..hugs very appreciated 😦 loves Bev x

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  4. Oh no. I really hate hearing this. We were totally pulling for Pedro. The poor guy. I do believe Allison will absolutely LOVE your picture though. Pedro brought all of you together. XOXO – Bacon

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  5. Pedro was one tough donkey. That he survived the ordeal and could be with his loved ones for the end, instead of being alone and stuck in a cold and muddy pit is priceless. Your hubby is a prince to have been one of the people to end Pedro’s suffering and bring him back to his herd, where he belonged, and could be sent on his way over the bridge in dignity and love.
    We send your husband strength, love and gratitude.
    Extra special Kisses
    Nellie

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    • Nellie thankyou for your lovely words…it was a hard thing to hear but i think we all knew he had maybe no more to give..what a long and lovely life and he had his donkey friends with him…bless his heart i am so glad we could all try and help…loves Fozziemum xxx

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  6. Phil;
    You did your best, Pedro knows you did your best, Alison knows you did your best, God His self knows you did your best. Indeed it is heartbreaking; and you will ask yourself probably 10 dozen times; what if, what if, what if…..truly, we’ve all been there emotionally; with a rescue, a neighbor or one of our own, yes it IS different from what your job requires, but please dont EVER doubt your ability; as Pedro was rescued and reunited with family and loved ones…. and in the end….that’s all he would have asked for. Promise…♥♥♥

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  7. Pedro will be running free at The Bridge. Your hubby and his colleagues did their best and because of them he didn’t pass alone, cold and frightened. His memory will live on in the friendships built the day he brought you all together.

    Sending hugs. Sue, Polly & Honey

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    • Sue Polly and Honey thankyou..we know we did all we could and we are glad he was home when he left..he bought us together and showed us how to be a team…loves Bev xxx

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  8. We’re heartbroken to hear Pedro didn’t make it but honestly not surprised…..Pedro must have had quite a battle with that mud puddle for who knows how long and it just took every last bit of energy he had in his long life. Phil and the whole emergency team as well as all of your neighbors’ friends put EVERYTHING into helping Pedro and you did. He didn’t die in that quagmire – he died in his shed surrounded by love. Sometimes it’s the best we can do…………………sending hugs…………Bon voyage Pedro – see you on the other side little buddy.

    Hugs, Sammy

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    • Sammy thankyou for your lovely words..i think we knew his chances were not good..we hoped but knew..he was an old darling and sometimes the bridge is a softer nicer place to be…he was loved and not alone and had dignity..something we all deserve..bless him i am sure he has a special place where he is now…loves Fozziemum xx

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  9. We are so sad. We hoped he’d be able to pull through. But everyone did the best they could. Glad you got to meet some of the neighbours….and the other donkeys. Run free, Pedro.

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  10. What a beautiful animal. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I haven’t made it over to your site for a while and this is the first I’ve seen of Pedro. How sad and yet how wonderful and beautiful that he was surrounded so completely by love. Love and hugs. ❤

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  11. Oh, I am so sad to hear this, Bev. RIP, sweet Pedro. I’m sure he knows just how loved he was at the end, and by many people who didn’t even know him before that day. xxoo

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  12. Sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve had to make that decision many a time myself, and it never gets any easier. My heart goes out to all of you involved in Pedro’s rescue and care. The last time I had to make the decision to euthanize was Old Klaatu, the wild feral cat who got me started blogging with a memorial to him. He was my first post.

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    • Lavinia i agree those decisions are the worst..and they haunt you..yet we have the ability to keep an animals dignity and stop it from suffering..a double edged sword…Pedro was in the best of hands and we all are so sad he could not pull through . xxx

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  13. I am so sorry for Pedro, but what a wonderfully long life. Please give your husband an extra hug and tell him that he mustn’t let this stop the great work that he is doing. There will be many more successful rescues that he will want to be a part.

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  14. Please give Pedro’s Mom our condolences. Please give Hubby a big {{hug}} from us. I agree, losing an animal is so much harder for so many of us that deal with human trauma. Children and animals always rock you to the core, it is the innocence of them Bev.
    Luvs
    Marty’s Mom

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  15. We had to read this post without mom because she just cannot deal with stuff like this – she is like Uncle Phil, she can deal with humans butt when it comes to animals suffering she just cannot handle it.
    Run free sweet Pedro.
    Wally & Sammy

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    • Neither can i sweeties..rips me up..Pedro was not suffering at all he had been given pain meds and was warm and in shelter…but these animals must get up…same as sheep…they have to..urghhh i always say to Uncle Phil ‘i hate this s&*t and he knows he does too..he has now been called out to a tree on a car…no idea if peeps are involved…always something..bless Pedro a sweet old timer..love to you both Auntie Bev xxx

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    • It is awful,..i find it very hard..i did this with fostering and broke my heart at the shelter..i had to stop ..the shelter was a no kill fabulous one where we still drive 3 hours to to take the furries for boarding…but the things people do..had many many years of nightmares and was close to hating the whole human race…animals are my weakness…loves to you both Auntie Bev xxx

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  16. Darling Pedro…he had a good life. In fact Pedro was the equivalent of a 120 yr old Human!!!!! Please tell hubby we do our best in any rescue situation. Sometimes the person/4 legged/bird/sea creature does not pull thru & this is a part of Nature. What is truly magnificient is that WE continue to try & to be OUR best for the world around us!!!! That is worth the loss even tho it hurts so much at the time!!
    Run free Pedro….you will be remembered….
    {{{HUGS}}} Sherri-Ellen

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