Today was a sad day for us. Our sweet 10+ year old Black Lab Patty died. Some of you may remember reading my posts about her multiple health issues (due to irresponsible breeding – see my post “a message to breeders & to those looking for one” in the “finding a breeder” section November 2005)
Well, she has had some lipomas (fatty tumors) in various locations on her body over the years & recently got an especially big one at the base of her throat, near her carotid artery & some nerves that run down into the chest. Two different vets said it was too dangerous to operate so close to the artery & nerves so we knew it was just a matter of time. I guess it finally got big enough to cause massive problems. She’d been not quite herself for a few days & last night took a turn for the worse. We took her to the vet at 7:30 this morning & an hour later were back home burying her in our yard next to our sweet Daisy who died right after Christmas. She had a life filled with love, even if she wasn’t always in the best of health & also had a peaceful death without any prolonged suffering, so we are thankful for that. It’s actually amazing she lived these many years considering her medical history. We have had 3 beloved pets die in the last 12 months (our cat died the day after Easter last year) so our hearts are very heavy.
Thank goodness we have our cutie-pie Odie to keep our spirits up. We are also awaiting Odie’s sibling (same set of parents) in May so that’s a good thing to look forward to - no new puppy can take the place of our Patty or Daisy who will forever be in our hearts, but at least we’ll have an additional furry critter to give our love to.
Thanks for listening.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter, Passover & Springtime sunny days ahead.
After a lifetime of giving you unconditional love, you gave Patty the best gift of all- a wonderful last fews days with little suffering. Take comfort in knowing that you did everything for her, and that she had 10 years filled with great memories. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Gabrielle, I am so sorry. I remember when we shared the loss of Daisy and I know how hard it was for you then...I can't imagine the pain of losing Patty too...I am so sad for you.
You are right that your expected puppy won't replace the lost loves from your heart, but hearts are extremely big...and the more dogs we have, the larger our hearts grow.
Oh my. I'm so sorry. I lost my sweet Bailey last summer and I know how heavy your heart must feel. My doods came several months later and they are a major blessing. But I still look to where my old boy is buried and tell the doods all about him. Bless you. Lisa