We lost a member of our family last night. It’s surreal how it all happened. She hadn’t been doing well for a couple weeks and in the last couple of days she went downhill fairly quickly so we made the decision as a family to end her suffering. We were going to call an in-home euthanasia service today because we didn’t want her to feel stressed in her last moments. I knew I couldn’t bear to be there today so yesterday afternoon I went to my mom and dad’s house to spend some time with her and say my good byes. I rubbed her and scratched all her favorite spots. I whispered through tears how much I loved her and thanked her for being so good to our babies. I told her to say hi to Lady, Bogey, Bella, Lola, Dusty, Scruffy, and Burliose. She was uncomfortable but even through her discomfort, she still wagged her tail and tried to muster up some energy to nuzzle me and lick my face even though she couldn’t do the latter. Even though I kissed her knowing full well it would be the last I gave her, you can imagine the shock I felt when my sister called me this morning to tell me the news that she passed overnight. This amazing dog who served as a couch and horsey to our kiddos, who sat on top of our feet because sitting next to them wasn’t close enough, who gave a mean set of puppy eyes for our pizza crusts... she was the epitome of unconditional love up until the very end.
You see, my dad was her master. He purchased her to be his actual ‘road dog’ and accompany him on his many trips back and forth from to Yuma and home while my Nana Jenny was going to be going through chemo to fight her Lymphoma. Well, her disease progressed too fast and then I fell into my coma and we lost my grandma sooner than any of us wanted so she never got to fulfill her original ‘job’ so to speak. But instead, she was this gentle giant who brought so much sunshine in all of our lives during a period of uncertainty and sadness. My dad was struggling with this decision and had literally exhausted all options before coming to the realization that it was time to say goodbye (we’re talking homemade dog food, bone broths, CBD oil, doctors visits, prescriptions, etc...). Cont’d in comments