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what a day...

April 2nd, 2022 at 11:58 pm

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.

9 Responses to “what a day...”

  1. Wink Says:

    I'm so sorry LAL. It's so hard when we lose our fur babies. Take care.

  2. Turtle Lover Says:

    Sorry for your loss ... you did the best you could and it sounds like a lot more than most people would do. Now you can save the life of another dog! Blessings to you!

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Thank you and it will be okay.

  4. Dido Says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It sounds as though you are at peace with the decision and that he is in a better place. I'm glad for the joy he added to your life while he was here, and the memories of him shall hopefully continue to make you smile.

  5. mumof2 Says:

    sorry for your loss our pets are like our babies so hard when we have to let them go...glad you gave them a good life and you will have plenty of memories..

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Very sorry for the loss of your fur baby, but am so happy to hear that you feel like he’s really enriched your lives. Glad to hear that in time you may have another pet, they are such a wonderful part of our lives. Hoping you see your little man at the rainbow bridge when it’s your time {{hugs}}

  7. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    thank you. This time I know we are okay and my DH already said the house is too quiet even with 2 kids. Last time we couldn't even speak of how quiet the house was or not having a dog. It was really difficult. This time I can see us missing having a dog much faster.

    I think last time it was so hard because our dog was entwined with getting married, moving, having kids and wham suddenly this long term security blanket was gone. This time he was definitely part of the family but I think he'd like us to fill it with another friend.

  8. Amber Says:

    Aw I'm so sorry, hugs

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    thank you! We are already talking about getting a dog in the fall.

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