Friday, January 11, 2013
Sophie and I took our last walk together this morning. She had deteriorated over the previous 24 hours, and I knew by the time we went to bed last night that I would have to phone the vet this morning.
I had to make the decision for her. Sophie was a loyal dog to the end and would have dragged herself over hot coals to stay with us. I have never had a dog that would stay so close to me. She always followed me, even into the bathroom. It was hard over the last week having to shut the door on her whenever I went upstairs because she wasn't very steady on her feet anymore.
Sophie enjoyed her last walk, even when she was on three legs, which she was at times. The end was quick and peaceful, and I miss her terribly, but I know I did the right thing for her.
Right now, though, the pain of the loss is damn near unbearable.
This afternoon, Tara and I went shopping for a few things - printer cartidges, photo frames, and as it happens a small stone with a dog paw print on it that I plan to carry with me for now, in memory of the best dog I ever knew and loved.
I plan to print out some of the many photos of Sophie I have on my computer so we have a set to hang on the wall.
It was good to get out of the house, and to do something positive in spite of the pain.
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Thankyou for all your kindnesses over the last few days. It means a great deal to me.
There were lots of fun furry friends for Sophie in the frosty foggy field this morning. There was Ti, a large Staffy cross, and Molly a small Staffy. There was Tigger, an amazingly coloured brindle whippet cross who - coincidentally - suffers from epilepsy, and with meds has a fit around once every six weeks. There were also two Yorkies - very friendly - whose names I didn't get. It was nice to see so many pets and owners about this morning. Made me feel safe having them there, because if Sophie collapsed they would all come running. They know how sick she is. She got lots of attention today and loved every minute of it. :-)
Meanwhile, I find that boxing exercise in some form or other is great for relieving stress, so I did this 40-minute Shadowboxing video from You Tube today:
It is one of my favourite exercise videos. I get a good workout with it, even though I don't own the belt.
But, soft, what lightbulb above the brainbox brightens...
It is an idea, and Leslie Sansone is the source....
I have a potential substitute for the boxing belt!
The belt from the Leslie Sansone Walk Away Your Waistline DVD and belt combo I bought last week!
So I tried it, and it was brilliant! My shoulders, arms, back etc, all got a terrific workout, never mind my thighs and everything else.
I actually got more use out of the belt with the shadowboxing than I did with Leslie Sansone. :-)
I do love it when a piece of exercise equipment becomes multi-use. :-)
Enjoy your day, everyone!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Not good news. Sophie had another fit at lunchtime, 4 1/2 days after the last one. The blood tests came back normal, and the vet is as sure as he can be, given her symptoms and indicators, and without the expensive brain scan, that she has a brain tumour. This means that the meds MAY give her a little more time, but not much. He says the fact that she took four hours to return to normal after the fit today is not good, and that each fit has weakened her back end significantly. He says that if she fits again it would be best to put her to sleep, and I have to agree with him. It would not be fair to let this carry on any further.
So, we are giving the epilepsy meds a chance, but are preparing ourselves for her last visit to the vets.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
This was Sophie just before we left the field behind our house this morning. She is looking so much better - alert, happy. Still raring to go after a good romp around.
We will miss going to Highwoods for her walks, but as you can see from these pics, the field behind our house is actually quite big. Once she is up to it, and the worst of the soggy goes away (it is a veritable swamp in places), we will walk the entire circuit and see how far it is.
Anyway, here are a few pics. Those little white dots on the level area are seagulls. We have quite a sizeable flock. :-)
She is definitely having 'moments', but in between she seems fine.
Enjoy your day!
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