So today we put down our beloved family friend. He was not yet 6 years old, but he had had chronic medical conditions since we adopted him. He came to us in the fall of 2017 after we bought our house. He was a little over a a year old and seemed fine. We adopted him at a resecue event and fell in love. He was a great dog. Super smart and well behaved and just overall good. Honestly the best dog we've ever had.
About a month later the medical problems began. It started with rushing him to the ER when blood was dripping out of his nose. They told us he had immune mediated thrombocytopenia. After that it was constant vet visits, no vaccines, titrating different medications to stabilize his health. Eventually after a year we removed his spleen in massive surgery. He had also these open wounds from the predisone he was one that we were unable to lower the dose. Anyway last year he tore partially his back acl but there was nothing to do because he wouldn't heal from surgery. The orthopedic surgeon even said it would be cruel so we just meandered along. As the vet said he's had 9 lives.
It has been a very tough journey but good at the same time. I definitely can say this time I know we'll get another dog. Last time it was really hard, This time it is hard but different. This time I can say we miss having a dog. Last time I wasn't sure if we were going to recover enough to have another. We had had that particular guy from 2005 to November 2016 and we had lost his partner in 2010 after having him from 2002. So we had those two guys long before kids and I don't know why it was so hard to imagine having another dog after them.
But this time I think our experience was so lovely that I can definitely see us adopting another dog. See you at the rainbow bridge.