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Goodbye Rascal

Posted by Brian Becker on December 10, 2008

My dog died today. She was somewhere between 13 and 15 years old. We were never quite sure exactly what year she was born, even though her mother was another dog I had when I was a child. She was the runt of the litter, but she was the one we kept. Not because she was our favorite, but because when we sold her, the couple that took her brought her back because she could not stand being away from us and her mother. I’m thankful that is how it turned out.

She lived a very long, fruitful, and happy life, and for that I’m extremely grateful. In recent weeks though, mostly due to her old age, she had several health problems. Arthritis, kidney failure, a history of lime disease, and a nerve problem that had her lose feeling in her back legs causing her to fall over a lot. It was painful for us to watch her in this condition. She could no longer walk up or down the stairs to go outside, and we had to carry her. She was not a small dog either. Half black lab, half husky. We took her to the vet in October, and that is when she was diagnosed. The medication they gave us didn’t seem to make her much better. She wasn’t eating much either. We returned today to the vet. She had lost 7 pounds since October and she was losing her hair even more than usual. We decided it was time. The vet put her down.

Despite the tears and sobbing, I’m really very happy that she won’t have to suffer anymore. She just seemed so frail and fragile of late. She seemed ready to go herself, and she just never seemed happy anymore. She used to get up, tail wagging whenever you came home, or went for a walk. Lately she strained just to stand up and walk around the house. Although I’m not a believer in an afterlife, I think she is better off now. And I’m thankful for that.

Goodbye Rascal. You will always be my young pup.


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