Betsy Rose’s ashes have been returned to us – her spirit never left – she is home. I don’t know how to thank you all for your good thoughts, prayers, and kind words. I’m sorry that it’s taken me so long to get myself together. I have yet to return phone calls and I haven’t read but a few of the 1000’s of emails that I have received. Some of you have asked how much Betsy’s vet bills are so you can help. We won’t have an answer until we get the bills in a couple of weeks and when we know, we will post the information and any help will be greatly appreciated. At the time, paying her expenses was the last thing on our minds and we truly appreciate your patience with us in responding to that question.
As most know, Betsy Rose has had a history of choke. Two years ago, in December, a vet came to clear a choke and told us Betsy had a mass pressing against her esophagus and that she would likely need to be put down sooner than later. We had Dr. Porter out that same evening for a second opinion. He scoped Betsy Rose and determined there was no mass, no strictures. She was losing the ability to swallow and it would get worse. Betsy started wearing a grazing muzzle and got soupy meals. She did have a few more choke episodes over the next two years, but they were cleared. But this time, it wasn’t something that could be fixed. And without the ability to swallow, one can’t survive.
But what a blessing it was that we had two more years with her! I’ve cried a river of tears – I miss her more than words can say. She was such a part of my life every single day. But my tears haven’t been just for me – but also for all of you that love her as well. Betsy Rose is the little mare that beat the odds and inspired many to believe. She had such fierce determination, courage, and an iron will. She made friends all around the world! And now, as we move into a New Year, even though I’m sure I’ll have my moments and many more tears, it’s time to be thankful and rejoice for the time we had with her and the memories made.
When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life’s road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us.
Betsy Rose will be with us, always. I sense her everywhere and her precious whinny can still be heard when I least expect it and that brings me great comfort and joy. We will always remain #betsyrosestrong.