#533: Goodbye Thumper

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Having to say goodbye emoticon to a beloved pet one time is difficult. Twice in 11 days is unbearable.

Recently, I wrote about saying goodbye to one of my dogs, Little Girl, that developed such severe arthritis in her rear hips that she couldn't walk.

Two days ago, my other dog, Thumper, developed the same problem and also couldn't walk. I took her to see Kelley Cole DVM, who treated Little Girl, of Underhill Animal Hospital in Orlando. X-rays confirmed an arthritic right rear hip. Injections were tried but that night and yesterday morning Thumper couldn't stand without whimpering in pain, even with my help. We returned to the vet's and met with Karla Brown DVM, who tried additional medications. But last night and through today, Thumper still couldn't walk. emoticon

Today we met again with Ms. Brown and after talking with her I made the always emotional decision that it was best for Thumper for me to also say goodbye to her and send her across the Rainbow Bridge emoticon to join Little Girl, Baby the boxer, and all of the other dogs emoticon emoticon and cats emoticon emoticon that have found their way to my home and into my heart. emoticon

Thumper came to me on July 4, 2007, two years after Baby. She was wet, dirty, skinny, and scared of the loud fireworks emoticon I had been outside watching in the neighborhood. I gave her a bath, food and water, and made her a bed of soft blankets next to Baby. From that first night the two of them became close friends. Thumper moped when Baby left us two years ago, just as she did when Little Girl wasn't around for Thumper to play with.

I set an appointment for two days after I took Thumper in for Doctor Cole to check an infection on one of Thumper's legs. A few minutes before we left a call from the vet's office informed me that Ms. Cole didn't work on rabbits emoticon. When I asked why they were calling me the reply was because I was bringing in Thumper, which they assumed was a rabbit. I explained that I thought it was clear when the appointment was made that Thumper was a dog. When we arrived and the staff were all making nice to her, Thumper's long tail pounded against the counter wall in happiness going thump, thump, thump. That made them smile emoticon and explained the name she was given.

Thumper enjoyed car rides emoticon, getting her nightly doggie treats, hugs emoticon, and her head scratched. She loved going for walks. All I had to say was, "Walkabout?" and she would strain at her leash to check out the new smells around the block.

So, twice in 11 days the tough decision was made. Even with three cats the house seems empty. I am mentally exhausted and emotionally drained but filled with happy memories of the strays that have given me their unconditional love and the happy memories of our time together, memories that will last a lifetime. emoticon
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    Reading this has me weeping with warm tears rolling down my face. However, at the same time, I am rejoicing in the knowledge that the animals our Abba gave you guardianship over were so lovingly cared for.

    We "Visions" took on guardianship of an abused & abandoned four to six-year-old Shih Tuz last summer. She had been picked up & taken to the Humane Society, where our cherished youngest & her husband adopted three of their four Shih Tuzs. The first six or so months had us wondering what in the world we had taken on. emoticon Our "Little Gal" was dealing with multiple medical issues & was a very wild & skittish little thing (no doubt learned behavior due to having to fend for herself - for how long we have no idea); however, with a lot of prayer & loving patience, she has settled in quite well. Our most delighted moment arrived, along about mid-January, when it became obvious to her that this was indeed her forever home & that she would never again be mistreated. We are so very blessed of God to have her companionship & all the joys that entails.

    emoticon for being the compassionate person you obviously are & for giving all those defenseless creatures of God a caring & loving home.

    God bless you, always!

    1885 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I am so sorry for your losses.
    It would be a better world if more people cared about our 4-legged friends like you do.
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    1915 days ago
    I am so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose your pets. We still miss our Georgie. We ahd him almost 18 years.
    Our Tushie is getting up there and I don't want to even think about losing her.
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    1920 days ago
    I am so so sorry for your loss, Lou.
    1922 days ago
    Oh Lou, how horrible... I'm so sorry for your losses. I can't imagine losing 2 babies at the same time. Hugs to you, my friend. Prayers also. emoticon
    1923 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Big hugs. It's so hard to lose our fur friends and two in such a short time frame is truly awful. So sorry for your loss!
    1923 days ago
    emoticon You're in my prayers!
    1924 days ago
    I am so very sorry for your losses. emoticon My little Oscar has been gone for a year or so now. He was 11 years old. I had gotten him when he was 9 so it was hard for me. I miss him so very much still. I can't even imagine losing 2 so close together. emoticon emoticon May God be with you and your family during this time.
    1924 days ago
    Bless your heart! What an incredibly rough thing to have to do, with only 11 days between losses! I am so very sorry but you did the right thing by both of them, though it is very tough indeed for those left behind. emoticon
    1924 days ago
    so very sorry for your loss. there is a special place waiting in heaven for you and all three pups are awaiting your return.
    1924 days ago
    Lou, I know doesn't help you any, but as I read this, I'm crying. My heart goes out to you and I pray that God will be especially close to you now, as you need extra comfort. You are such a good person to take in strays, and I know they give you much in return. It IS hard to say good-bye to a loved one, and I know that losing two within a few days is extra hard. I hope that you gain some comfort from knowing so many of us out here are praying for you.

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    1924 days ago
    Oh my gosh, Lou. I can only imagine your heartache and the loss you must be feeling. I'm so sorry for the losses of your beloved Thumper & Little Girl. You are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort at this difficult time.
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    1924 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Lou, my heart is BREAKING FOR you! We did the same back in 2009 when our Taffy went suddenly and then Autie, without Libbie OR Taffy anymore just "gave up" we think and the vet said and let go too!

    My heart is really BREAKING reading this.

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    1924 days ago
    1924 days ago
    OMG, how sad! What a heartbreak!
    1925 days ago
    You did well to take the strays in and take good care of them so their life was a good one. Its sad to see them go though. Hope you find peace after this. Blessings to you.
    1925 days ago
  • no profile photo MSGO72
    1925 days ago
    Sorry for your loss, Lou... emoticon
    1925 days ago
    emoticon So sorry

    1925 days ago
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