|I CAN'T BELIVE THIS.|
I lost Dee today.
Now I only have Nikita, Kachina (my cross brreds) and Ojeda.
It feels like a nightmare I can't awake from.
Location: Steeler Country, PA
|I am really sorry to hear about Dee. I understand how you feel. I lost my "baby" in August. Hang in there. Dee will always be with you.|
Location: CT, of course!
I am sorry. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
Location: Baltimore, MD
|Hi LIMES- |
I'm so, so sorry about Dee. I had two beautiful "girls"--Harley and Samantha. Harley left me over a year ago, and her sister Samantha succumbed two months ago after almost a year of illness. I was devastated....both times. Every day I'd wake up and think that it wasn't real...that I'd see her bouncing down the steps to meet when I got home every day. She would curl up with me under the covers, and the hardest time was at night. Each day, it got a little easier. I found great comfort by showering her surviving sister with lots of love. The past two months I have been grieving--very tough having an empty house.
My good friend shared with me that when I accepted the responsibility of adopting them, I promised to give them a good home, lots of love and a comfortable life. I also promised (whether I realized it or not at the time) that I was also responsible for making ethical medical decisions for them, and that means preventing them from suffering. It was by far, the hardest thing I've ever done in my entire life.
I know you gave Dee a wonderful home, full of love, attention and affection--a true blessing for both of you. All I can tell you is that it will get just a little bit easier each day that goes by.
Terry aka Armadillo
Thankyou for your thoughts, it's very kind of you all. I must have been closer to Dee then I thought as I can't stop thinking about him every minute of the day. He was only 2 1/2 years old- far too young to be snatched from life. It's my day off work today, but I couldn't stay in bed time is 5:30am- kept thinking about you know who, so I came down to see Ojeda, so he can brush away my sorrows with his silly bad boy behaviour LOL- he did a good job, but I thought it's time to get on here and thank you, and wanted to tell you what happened
This is what happened...
Dee was t 1/2 years old, it started with him for no reason limping, then he seemed to get weaker and look unstable on his legs, so Pete and I decided to take him to the vet the next morning when he looked like it was something more then just a strain. the next day I came back from work, I greeted Dee and asked him to come into the front room, so he waddled in and sat down. I got Pete out of bed (coz he is a night worker) with a cup of tea, and told him that Dee has GOT to go, because he could hardly get up today to walk into the front room. so we came down stairs and found out that Dee refused to move from his spot, so Pete had to drag him out of the house and put a muzzle on him to stop him snapping. It took us twenty minutes to get him from outside the door, to the car which is aboutonly six yards from where he was sitting in the front room. When he was taken to the vet, there was another problem...getting a Rottweiler who could no longer walk, from the car, to the entrance of the vet. Pete hadn't the stregnth to carry such a large dog, so the vet came out with four other surgeons and a stretcher, they pushed him on the stretcher and into the surgery room. They told us after they checked him that he had a slipped disk desease, and his loss of appitite was not bad because he wasn't under weight from it, so they took him in for three nights and put him on a drip, xrayed him for any bone fractures and put him on steroids. They said he had no damage to his spine and he looked better, but they said to us he may never get any better then he is when he gets out of the vet...they were wrong for a week, he was getting stronger, and he looked nearly 100%. but then he suddenly started to go tired, not want to eat or drink and started laying weird, then he got diarrhoea REAL BAD and his eyes went runny, I thought it might be 'ringworm' that I heard could be brought on by a trauma or steriods-Dee had both (trauma AND steriods) so I gave him his duo worm tablets in a hotdog...his favourite-and it came out within one hour with no sign of digestion of the food I gave him, then he started being sick, so I phoned the vet and told her, and we had to take him in the next day. I had to go somewhere with my daughter, Pete took Dee. When I came home Pete sat there on his computer and told me the vet gave him a scan or something and said all his internals had enlarged, mainly his liver and kidneys so it was putting a strain on his heart making his heart not beat properly and he was in deep pain. Dee wasn't coming home.
Eddie O. said on his email to me that I should give it time, I think he is right as usual, because it's only taken me 3 1/2 hours to write this (No I'm not a slow typer lol) the time right now is 8:36am. I think time will pass and like your Harley and Samantha, it will be just like a loving memory. Hopefully without the tears.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
|Limes and Armadillo, |
My condolences to both of you. Limes, I don't know what to say. 2 and half years is too short. Hell, 20 years is too short if you ask me. I know how much Dee meant to you. I think you should know that I take special pride in Dee and Ojeda. Even though I only supplied the advice and you did all of the heavy lifting, I am very proud that I was able to help you in their training from 3,000 miles away. I was actually just discussing your problem over dinner with my old mentor from Cornell.
It is important that you remember that Dee is no longer in pain. I haven't mentioned it until now, but we lost BoneDance (HeartBreaker's boy) this summer. He developed a rare condition that led to a depletion of calcium and siezures. I proposed to my wife with him when he was just 5 weeks old and he was the first dog my wife had ever seen being born. He had a pronounced ventral adema from the calcium replacement and the tissue became necrotic. I'm sure the pain was horrific and we had to let him go.
You did the right thing and I'm sure he is with you right now and always will be.
Yours in Dog
Nearly A Band Member
|Sorry to hear about it, Limes.|
Location: Baltimore, MD
|Each day will get just a little bit easier--I still cry sometimes. I just adopted two new kittens--both appeared healthy at the pound. when I got them home--one is healthy,the other is very, very ill. Amazing how after 3 weeks you can bond. I feel like I'm living the nightmare over again sometimes, but I'm giving these two little guys a chance to have a good home, and however long my newest one (little Charlie) is here, then that's a gift. |
talk about it until you don't have to talk about it anymore--and don't let anyone make you feel about grieving for Dee. Some folks out there just don't understand the bond we have with our little furry ones.
Today is much easier. I don't have tears now when I think of Dee. even going to this site made me tearful, knowing I named him after my favourite singer, I will never forget, But I had a dream about doggy Dee the night before last that he came up to me and rested his head on me like he always does, and I just stoked his head. It makes me wonder if it's his spirit that came to me to tell me that he is now at peace and no longer wants me to be sad.
It's always nice to know there is a friend here to talk to when we have a problem, that's what I love about the fans here, we all care for eachother like a family. Thank you for your support.
Location: Steeler Country, PA
|It gets easier each day. I lost my "baby" (a beagle named Cocoa) to cancer in August. She passed away in my arms. I had her for 18 years. I too have had a few dreams about her where she is very happy, playful and excited. I do believe it is their spirits that come to us. It helps us to feel better knowing that they're still with us. Our loved ones never do leave us. They're just with us in a different way. Remember, some day we will get to see all of them again. Take care of yourself and your family.|
That sounds even worse. I don't think I would be able to take it if I have my dog dying in my arms. I get upset too easy enough.
Before I got Dee & Ojeda, I was looking for a beagle, but there wasn't any in the papers, I guess they are hard to get hold of. I hear they are suppose to be one of the best breeds for a friendly family dog.
My friends ask me if I will get a replacement for Dee, but I just tell them I have no intention as I still have three dogs left and I think I have proven to myself that Rottweilers aren't as agressive and hard to look after as people try to make out (thanks to the help of G.J.G LOL), and when they all go to 'Doggy heaven' from old age, I will be buying one King Charles Spaniel-Female and I will either call her Kim, or call her Cyndi and she will be tan and white, but hopefully that will be many years from now so at the moment she is waiting to be born. (I also want a male American pit bull- but I dunno if my Pete will let me LOL).