My poochie is gone
Thursday, November 27, 2014
We had to put George down today. It is really miserable that this happened the day before Thanksgiving, which is probably my most favorite holiday. His health has been deteriorating for about 2 1/2 years (slowly, of course). He has had difficulty walking, but as long as he could walk at all, I was fine with it.
But on Saturday he reached a point where he could not walk any more. I had him out in the late afternoon, but by night time I could not even stand him up, let alone have him walk.
The past few days have been a whirlwind. DH was out of town when this all happened and was not supposed to return until Tuesday. He cut his trip short and came home on Monday. My daughter and her boyfriend came up on Sunday to see him and try to help me. They ended up saying their goodbyes that day. I was supposed to host Thanksgiving dinner, and I guess the unspoken message was that he might not be around by then.
My next door neighbors are both vets in a joint practice. She came over on Monday and did not offer much hope for him. We almost wanted to just let him lie peacefully and die at home, in part because we knew that getting him into the car would be a huge challenge. This morning, our vet encouraged us to euthanize him today, mainly because of the holiday tomorrow. He was actually eating and drinking, and the vet (this time the husband) felt that he probably would have lived another week or two or perhaps even a little longer. However, it was a terrible quality of life, including bouts of howling. So we ended up trekking out in several inches of premature snow to get this done.
I am beyond sad, especially since I love Thanksgiving. As it turns out, my daughter has agreed to host it, and man is she taking it seriously!!! I was really hoping he would make it until Christmas, when my son will probably be home. But alas, it was not meant to be.
But now that it is done, there is a sense of relief as well. I will always be thankful for having this time together, which many people are not lucky enough to have. I am also thankful for my two wonderfully kind children.