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Mercy: In Memoriam

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thirteen and a half years ago I got Mercy (a Yorkshire terrier and an unusually small one) when she was only six weeks old. I had gotten her to be just a pet. On the way home from the breeder's house, my son Bryan was holding her in the back seat. I could hear her growling since she didn't know him and she was being taken away from everything familiar. Bryan said, " I didn't know that doggies could purr!" I informed him that she was growling!

Since she was so tiny and had trouble staying warm enough, I let her sleep on my bed. Some mornings she would wake me up acting agitated. I assumed that she had to go potty, but when I got her to the potty area, she kept paying attention to me. Since I am diabetic, I would check my blood sugar each morning. I started noticing that on the days that she acted upset, my blood sugar would be lower than it should be. Then one morning, she RAN up me. I woke and immediately had a seizure (the only seizure I have had in my life). I quit breathing during the seizure and she started jumping on my chest repeatedly, which prompted the breathing to start again. When I came out of the seizure, I was somewhat confused, but did remember to take my blood sugar. It only registered as 30! I immediately went and drank some orange juice. I have been told that it is a miracle I survived that! When I told my doctor about it, she told me to keep Mercy with me at all times.

Mercy "trained" me to eat at regular intervals and on the doctor's advice, I began emphasizing protein and fiber in my diet.

Mercy was with me all the time during her life except for some brief periods when I had surgery. Several months ago, she was diagnosed with early kidney disease. I joined a Yahoo group having to do with K9KidneyDisease, and learned that the main thing is to make sure they eat, but to try to not let them have too much protein if possible. Well, Mercy's appetite at her weight of 3 pounds 2 oz. wasn't all that wonderful, but I did the best I could. However, there were times she didn't want to eat anything but some chicken.

Up until about two weeks ago I took her with me for everything I did. However, two weeks ago, she started having problems riding in the car. She seemed to be having abdominal cramping, and then would poop in her little car seat. I decided to take her to the vet, but the next day when I was going to call, it snowed, and we were snowed in for several days. Finally I got an appointment for her. I took her and the vet did an X-ray which showed an enlarged heart, but no tumors. She also had a blood test and received fluids since she was dehydrated. She had been having numerous urinary accidents at home, so the vet and I figured it had to do with the kidney disease. I took her home, and she did seem somewhat more perky from getting the fluids.

The next day the vet called and said that her blood tests showed definite kidney disease -- enough so that they asked me to bring her back and have her stay to receive more fluids. I checked by phone later in the day and they said she was sleeping while getting the IV. I thought, "Wow, she must be super tired to sleep that long." The next morning the vet called again and said there was some improvement in the blood values so they wanted to have her stay a little longer to get more fluids. However, about an hour later, I was called again, and the vet said she had waked up, seemed disoriented and upset, and passed away a few minutes later. My response was that somehow I had a feeling that might happen since she had seemed so sick.

Later, I went to get her. When I brought the box with her home, I thought this box feels heavier than it should with her in it. I took her out at home, noticed she looked bloated, weighed her and found out that her weight had almost doubled! I washed her, dried her hair, and brushed it. Later that day I buried her beneath the window nearest to where I do things at my computer. I laid out rocks in the shape of a cross over the grave.

Goodbye Mercy. I love you! I miss you! I expect to see you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. I know Jesus loves you too!

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BEACHSANDPIPER 4/14/2012 11:12PM

    God has blessed us with our animal friends and especially for me, several special dogs. I feel, too, that they will be in heaven with us. I am so glad that the Lord provided Mercy for you and gave you that special bond and pray that He will soon place another in your heart.

You can never replace a pet but you re-bond in a unique way with each one. Let us know what special new friend He provides. For me, He has given me a needy Collie who needs extra ministering from me, whereas previously He gave me the most loving Collie who ministered to me. I know He has a special one out there for you again.

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PAMAPPLE 4/6/2012 4:09PM

    Nellie, I am so sorry for your loss! She was your hero and a very loyal and intelligent companion. I hope and pray that you can find another dog to help you like Mercy did. She was a gift from God, even her name is heavenly. emoticon emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 3/2/2012 1:36AM

    emoticon I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a precious doggie. Thank you for sharing her with us.

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REBELBLITZ 2/24/2012 5:37PM

    Nellie.....I just saw some of your pictures of Mercy and now read that she has passed on. I know that you will always cherish her and the love she gave you. May you find Peace always.

I am so sorry that you lost a great friend.

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CMWARDRN 2/24/2012 12:50PM

  Nellie,
I am just now reading about sweet Mercy. I know that she is running and playing with my sweet Lacy and many other beloved pets that have gone home before us. I am sorry for your loss. I still talk about Lacy. I have another rescue dog named Pugsley. He stays right by my side on good and bad days, just closer on my bad days. Will you be ok without having another dog that can help you? I am praying for you and that God have the right dog choose you if and when the time comes.
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/16/2012 4:52PM

    The weight doubling sure makes me wonder.

Regardless, you took such good care of her, and she did the same for you. How many critters do you have left now? I know you found new homes for many when you moved, and several have passed. So sorry, I know from previous posts how much you loved Mercy.

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JOYATLAST 2/15/2012 9:54PM

    I tried to avoid reading this since I typically cry so. But I'm glad I read it. Thank you for sharing her beautiful little heart of gold.

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CURLYHEAD1 2/6/2012 5:53PM

    I am very sorry for your loss. Mercy sounded like a special dog.

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FLORIDASUN 2/5/2012 8:00AM

    Awhhh I'm so very sorry for your loss. Little Mercy had the perfect name and she was the perfect little companion for you for so many years! I always think of our animals as our little angels...just hanging out with us wearing their little fur suits.

We lost our beautiful little angel kitty Chin Chin a while back and I'm STILL so very sad and lonely for her sweet little angel face. She's on my pic page.

Hugs to you and know that your little Mercy will be waiting for you wagging her tail and greeting you with puppy dog kisses...just a little further down the river. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOGOULD 2/4/2012 9:22AM

    Oh, Nellie, I am SO sorry for the loss of your precious Mercy. You both shared an incredible bond and I'm certain that you will carry many, many fond memories of her for the rest of your life. May she rest peacefully in the knowledge that her work here on earth was very well done indeed. You have been blessed. My condolences. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/4/2012 6:25AM

    So sorry for your loss. A beautiful memorial to a faithful friend.
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EWEINHISPASTURE 2/2/2012 4:48PM

    Nellie, Mercy really was a life saver and very sweet companion too. I am still praying that God will provide you with another "Mercy".

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Ruthie

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1COUNTRY_GAL 2/1/2012 10:44PM

    emoticon I am sorry dear Nellie,Mercy was a loving treasure and the best at loving you and you loving Mercy.Time seems to short with are fur babies,I am tearful for your loss.I am glad Mercy is not suffering anymore,that is a blessing,as is you.God Bless You and Peace be with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAMMIESMOM13 2/1/2012 10:38PM

    Crying for you, Nellie. I understand how it feels to lose a special friend. You will see her again, I truly believe that. How could it be heaven without dogs? Just like my Sammie, she was your guardian angel, and someone else must have needed that angel more than you now. That's what I believe about my Sammie. He also saved me several times... but from myself in very deep depression. The Lord knew I needed him. So, you had a very special relationship, how blessed you were. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 2/1/2012 6:49PM

    We are all grieving with you Nellie, because we know she meant so much too you. You were blessed to have this little angel for 13 years. May you treasure your memories of Mercy and may The Lord, give you comfort in this time of sorry. Hugs, Paulette

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KATHYKIM 2/1/2012 4:33PM

    Nellie - so sorry about Mercy. I lost my Jessie a couple months ago and it is so heartbreaking when we lose our pets. I know you will see Mercy again!
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NORTHWOODSMOM8 2/1/2012 2:22PM

    Oh, NELLIE, I've got huge tears welling in my eyes!!! I'm SO sorry for this TREMENDOUS loss! My 21 year old son has had diabetes since he was 5 and I've often heard that dogs have a special sense to this disease. We've never seen it in our dogs, but you were SUPER blessed to have that with Mercy. I DO pray that the LORD gives you another companion like this sweet, precious friend. {{{{{huge hugs, my dear friend}}}} Susan

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/1/2012 2:06PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Nellie, but I am thankful you have shared her with us. What a blessing she has been to you in so many ways. I know it isn't the same but may your memories of Mercy continue to bring you peace and joy. I hope you have pictures where you can see them and remember her with many smiles. She is with Jesus waiting for you just beyond the Rainbow Bridge and is suffering no more.
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LODYANGEL 2/1/2012 2:02PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I lost my cat a year and a half ago and it was like losing my best friend. I still cry over him. God bless you and heal your heart. I am praying for you!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/1/2012 1:42PM

    This is beautiful, Nellie.

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JOANNS4 2/1/2012 1:20PM

    What a blessing to have a friend like Mercy. I know you will see her again someday.


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FLMOMX2 2/1/2012 1:07PM

    Nellie you were truly blessed with this angle in your life.

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MISSCUS 2/1/2012 12:59PM

    with tears dripping down, I know you will miss your friend. Huggs for you.
Phyllis

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/1/2012 11:29AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony all about Mercy. You had a lovely friend there Nellie in your sweet Mercy! Yes I believe you will see her again one day. emoticon

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NUTINFANCY 2/1/2012 10:42AM

  You have sweet memories, treasure them.
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GEMINI-SKY 2/1/2012 8:03AM

    Hugs Nellie.
OXOX

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SUNRISE14 2/1/2012 7:25AM

    SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS ! OUR AFFIN PINCHER IS MY DH DOG ! HE HAS BEEN HIS BEST BUDDY TO AND WE TOOK HIM TO THE VET LAST MONTH AND HE HAS AN ENLARGED HEART SO BIG IT IS PUSHING AGAINST THE RIB CAGE ! HE'S ON ANTI BIODICS WATER PILLS AND A HEART PILL TWICE A DAY FOR THE FIRST 2 . IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BUT DH DON'T WANT TO HAVE HIM PUT DOWN PLEASE PRAY FOR US TO ! emoticon

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SHAROND52 2/1/2012 6:28AM

    I am SO sad to hear of your loss of Mercy, but, what a lovely story you told of your relationship that the two of you had.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sharon

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CHLOE453 2/1/2012 5:57AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, it is so hard when we lose a fur baby. When ever the lord decides that it is time to take one of our little ones home I make a picture college of them and hang on the wall. It really comforts me to see the happiness on their faces whenever I walk by during the day! Take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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SMIDGON 2/1/2012 5:42AM

    I am so sorry for you and happy for Mercy. You will miss her, but, she will be free from all pain!
She will be waiting for you.

You have all those memories to cherish.

God Bless,
Janet
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Q8PRINCESS 2/1/2012 4:43AM

    WOW she was such a great little dog!
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DIDMIS 1/31/2012 10:58PM

    Oh Nellie I am so sorry but you did everything you could do. God bless you. emoticon

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WOWEETOO 1/31/2012 9:55PM

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loves and hugs my friend
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CONCHA77 1/31/2012 9:39PM

    So sorry about your loss. I know how much she will be missed by you.
What a wonderful friend she was to you, Nellie. Hugs.

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GAYLLYNNE 1/31/2012 9:13PM

    My heart goes out to you. It's so hard to lose our furry kids. Remember we will see them over the rainbow bridge someday. The wonderful thing is that they live forever in our memories!

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SADIEDOLORES 1/31/2012 9:08PM

    NELLIE, THANK YOU FOR SHARING MERCY WITH US, I HAVE TEARS AS I READ YOUR BLOG, SHE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT SHE SAVED YOUR LIFE, NOW SHE WILL BE WITH JESUS WAITING FOR YOU.
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