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Today was the day Gizmo went to the Rainbow Bridge. Our sweet baby was so very sick. He gave us many clues that he was ready to go yesterday & today. So we helped him.
He was hungry and thirsty, but wouldn't eat or drink. Eventually I gave him an egg. He was supposed to get only his special kidney diet dog food, but he wouldn't eat it and at this point it didn't matter. He ate the egg and then drank a lot of water. A few min later it came up. He was such a good boy walking as fast as he could to the front door to go out. Most of the time he was very lethargic and sometimes it seemed he was confused about what to do and how to do it. He was getting weak and wouldn't get up or come to be next to us like he used to. He even quit playing with his squeaky ball....which is MAJOR! This dog was the most ball-driven dog I've ever seen. He loved balls & people the most of anything in the world. He also loved being with us and taking rides ... even if we didn't go anywhere he could get out. He just wanted to be with us.
On Christmas Eve he got to take a walk ... another one of the things he looked forward to doing. Christmas day he got his coat all brushed out and the itchies scratched. He even got some people food which was a HUGE NO NO. We loved and cuddled the last few days. We cried with him and hugged him. We gave our all to him.
At about 12:30 this afternoon we took him in. His weight went from 61# last week to 59# today. At one point in his short life he was 80#. Not that long ago, just before he got sick, he was 70#-75#. He was 6 years and 4.5 months old.
The vet was awesome! She pet him, listened to our stories and watched us cry or try not to. When she saw that we were ready, she gave him a muscle relaxer shot and waited a few minutes. He didn't even flinch. Then she came back in and checked him. He was ready for the other shot. It was quick. We pet him and told him we loved him. I told him that he was the best dog in the world before the medication did it's job. I kissed his head and cried. We stayed with him a few minutes and left knowing we did what was right for him. It was the right thing to do at the right time to do it. Now he can sleep - forever.He will be greatly missed and always loved.
I want to thank all of you here for listening to my problems with him when he was little, comforting me and giving great advice through these last 6 years. You guys are awesome! I'm not sure if we will ever get another dog, but if we do, I will be back here asking for more advice and posting lots of pics. Right now we are going to concentrate on other aspects of our life. Maybe someday ....................
Gizmo will be terribly missed and always loved. I'm attaching pics from the first day we
got him until his last picture today.
October 11, 2011 - 9 weeks old