Thursday, September 03, 2015

A SAD DAY


This picture was taken in 2004, when we took Anubis in to foster until she could find a good home.  Here it is 2015, and today she will be leaving us and Nicki, her companion for all these years.  She started having mobility problems earlier this year.  We have taken her in 3 or 4 times and the consensus has been probable strokes or even a brain tumor.  X-rays showed nothing, so the next test would have been an MRI at a specialty clinic.  The vet and we agreed that doing the test wouldn't really help her, with either diagnosis, so we've done wait and watch since February.  When she would have an episode we'd put her on predisone for awhile and she would rally.  She started having problems a few days ago, and we'd have to help her stand sometimes, but she was still eating, wagging her tail and able to move around.  This morning she was laying where she was last night, when John went in the feed room.  He moved her over to her bed, and she hasn't moved or shown any interest in her surroundings or in eating.  So I made the call.  Our local vet isn't in today, so we will be taking her into Tucson to Adobe, who has been treating her, because our local vet isn't usually available.  She's always been such a good gentle girl, all she ever wanted was a little attention.  I don't know if Nicki will miss her or not.  He is not the smartest dog in the world, we should have named him Goofy.  Since she's been ill, he has no problem walking on her if he thinks she's going to get attention.  Let's put it this way he doesn't seem to have lot of empathy.  We'll take her in this afternoon, and bring her home to lay with the rest of our extended family, under the big mesquite by the driveway. 

7 comments:

farm buddy said...

Very sorry for your loss.

Shelley said...

It is a sad day. Thinking of you and Anubis.

ellie k said...

So sorry to hear this, I know you hurt and your heart is heavy. My husband had been sick for a few months but we thought he was getting better, two weeks ago he had to go to the hospital on Thursday and passed away on Sunday. My whole body hurts, tears just start over little things, my kids have been great. My son is leaving tomorrow to go back to Dubai, I will sure miss him, this will be a lonely house for a while. Sorry I just needed to type this, if I try to talk about it the tears start, typing it seems a bit easier.

Witcheylady said...

So sorry Tish...
Always so hard to let them go...

Hugs

Sharon said...

Tish, I am so sorry.
I have lost a horse, a dog, a donkey and a mule in the past month.
We have been devastated so I know exactly how you feel. It is also hard to watch the others grieve, and they really have.
My thoughts are with you.
Sharon





















Tish said...

Thanks for all the thoughts, you would think after all the ones we've lost over the years it would get easier, but it really doesn't. Sharon, I can't imagine a worse month for you and your animals, hopefully this month will be a better one for you.

Ellie, I am so sorry about your husband, I don't think anyone can ever be ready for such a life changing experience such as losing your best friend. Later on you will have memories, they won't be enough, but they will be a comfort.

Patti Woodbury-Kuvik said...

It never gets easier - but each time all those in your heart move over a bit to let the new guy in. Sometimes they need so much room you feel like your heart will burst - but it just grows to make room for the next one. You two have really big hearts.