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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



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Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on January 10, 2018 at 6:34pm

I was ill over Christmas and didn't see this.  Our Doodle household is so sorry for Gizmo's passing.  You did the right thing even though it was so hard.  In the very end you showed him how much you loved him.  Please know you are still in our prayers and hearts because you need time to grieve.  Thinking of you, Laurie, Jackson and Delilah.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on January 7, 2018 at 8:34pm

Jo Bill, I think you and I found this site within a few months of each other....7 yrs ago ... can you believe that???    Those were such fun times...  my not sheading GD  had puppy fluff flying up the walls...  Gizmo was jumping on your gramdkids... we discussed puppy teething and how to handle puppy nips..  

what would really be fun is to have the dates reposted...   there is a wealth of knowledge and sharing in those days..  If you recall I purchased Izzi not even knowing what I had purchased...   so was just cute , so I came home with Izzi and Charlie...  I'll go back as you have and add a photo... Love, love the experience we shared together...

Comment by JoAnn Gallagher & Paddy Waggin' on December 31, 2017 at 7:39am

Dear Jo Bill,

So very, very sorry to hear about Gizmo. My heart so hurts for you and your family. We went through a similar situation with Miss Murphy when she was 4 1/2 years old. The picture you posted of Gizmo on his last day with you looks so much like she diid early on her last day that it really tugs at my heartstrings and brings tears for what you've going through and brings back such memories. That last night she became so weak that my husband had to  carry her out of the house and we took,her to the vets office where we held her, talked to her and sobbed as she "slept"away. Our vet, too, did all he could to try to comfort all of us. Glad your vet showed you all that feeling of empathy.

The time we share with our loving pets is so short...the memories so bittersweet right now. So, I'm sending you caring thoughts, hugs, love and prayers for strength to deal with the emptiness and sadness I know you are feeling, with the hope that the passing of time will bring you more smiles than tears.


JoAnn and Paddy Waggin'

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on December 29, 2017 at 8:35pm
Dear Auntie Jo, Mommy has waters coming out of her eyes and we are sad and heartbroken with you. Cousin Gizzy was and always will be family. Through him we met you and we are all part of this beautiful Doodle Family together. We cried and laughed together. Cousin Gizzy has no more pain and he is at Rainbow Bridge with Angel Renata, Angel Fletch, Angel Magoo and so many others. Together they’re drinking fresh waters from clear streams, running through infinite green meadows and watching us. With loving paws. Always.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on December 29, 2017 at 1:28am

Oh Jo I know what it's like.  Gizmo was loved by all. You definitely did the right thing and my heart is broken right now but I send my heart out to you and Terry.  You were excellent Doodle Parents.  Pemon says he will miss his cousin.  RIP (Rest in Paradise) Gizmo.  See you on the rainbow bridge some day.  

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on December 28, 2017 at 7:27pm

Rest in peace dear Gizmo.

JoBill & family - sending hugs and warm thoughts (between tears).

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 28, 2017 at 8:27am

Oh what an adorable little pup he was, and grew to a handsome boy!  So sorry you had to go through all of this.  We all try to do what we can to help them out the best we can and I you did your best with Gizmo.

I think you'll have lots of great friends beyond the Rainbow Bridge Gizmo! And endless ball chasing!

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