Many of you have heard me mention my little white terrier, Mickey. I found her running down the middle of Grand Avenue eight years ago. We lured her into the car with a Panera Bread Company asiago cheese bagel.
She's been going downhill all summer. She walks a bit sideways, doesn't seem to hear all of the time and then began to refuse to eat or drink.
I took her to the vet, who thought she had gastroenteritis and prescribed antibiotics. It helped, but not much. I think the subcu fluids helped more.
After a week, she was still not doing well, so back we went. This time a big dose of steroids on the theory that she was in pain from arthritis.
She was getting around better, but began to leak urine and lost control of her bladder. I could put puppy pads around the house to help her out, but that is not the main problem.
She just pees into her bed and lies in it. I have bathed her and bathed her, which she hates. I suspect that it doesn't feel good, either.
I can't stand the thought of her developing acid burns on her little legs from urine or having to go outside with wet legs and a wet bottom.
She doesn't seem to get any enjoyment out of life and sleeps most of the time. When she is awake, she just stares and when we insist she get up to go outside, it visibly pains her.
I spoke to the vet about it and he suspects that she had a stroke. He could do more tests or x-rays, but I can't afford that. I can't see how any life-extending treatment would do anything but drain my wallet and make her unhappy.
So, we are making the final trip to the vet in about an hour.
Once they stop enjoying life, thats when you know its their time. Most of the time owners ignore it though. You are doing the kindest thing for her. You gave her eight great years and I'm sure she's very thankful. I know nothing will ease your pain but my thoughts are with you. ****big hugs****
Sooo sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is devastating. Watching them suffer is horrible. You did all that you could do and it was time to let her go. Hopefully you will find some peace in knowing that she is no longer in pain. ((((( hugs )))))
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad that you've made the decision not to let Mickey suffer any more. It's one of the hardest decisions to make. As the time has passed that you posted you'd be taking Mickey in, I'm hoping that you are all right and that you're coping as well as can be expected. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I could never forget about our beloved Tommy! We were with you through that as well.
Sincerest deepest sympathy and remember, death is supposed to be a celebration of ones life.
I lost a treasured friend today The little dog who used to lay Her gentle head upon my knee And share her silent thoughts with me... She'll come no longer to my call Retrieve no more her favorite ball A voice far greater than my own Has called her to His golden throne. Although me eyes are filled with tears, I thank Him for the happy years He let her spend down here with me And for her love and loyalty. When it is time for me to go And join her there, this much I know... I shall not fear the transient dark For she will greet me with her bark.
HEAVEN'S DOGGY DOOR
My best friend closed his eyes last night, As his head was in my hand. The Doctors said he was in pain, And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head, As I cradled him in my arms. Were of his younger, puppy years, And OH...his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge With an intense "I love you gaze", Only a heart thats filled with tears Remembering our joy filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me, And he said, "you should cry no more, GOD also loves our canine friends, HE's installed a "doggy-door"!
(((Hugs))), Hugs, and more Hugs. I'm so sorry for your loss. I've yet to go through it in my "adult" life and can't imagine the pain you must be feeling and the awfully hard decision you have had to make. My Kalvin is 11 years old and I dread the day when....anything happens.