Thank you everyone for the condolences and welcomes!
Sweetie was between 15 and 18 years old. The vet had to guess when we adopted her because she was found abandoned in a parking lot.
Sweetie survived auto immune disease (I h m a) years ago (2009) and went into a remission. She had a relapse Thursday. She showed signs of responding to the medication again. However, hours after seeing vet and having her I v taken out, she had a severe seizure and started flipping like a fish in my arms at home. Then, half other body went stiff and didnt move again. We called a emergency after hours vet and they said there was nothing that could be done. The next day, we went back to the vet. We learned that she had permanent lack of mobility of half the body and had a headache. Her head started twisting slmost backwards and she couldnt hardly move it.
Tommorrow, I may print off three years worth of pictures of the dogs into albums and frame more pictures of her. I have 1,500 pictures total on my phone!
It is day two and I haven't cried today because our surving dog Terry needs me to be happy. He is so sensitive to my emotions!
It helps have him needing me.
My teenagers are 18, 16, and 14.
My 16 year old held Sweetie during the procedure that sent her to dog heaven. I held Terry and sat next to my son holding Sweetie. He put a put his paw over one of my hands while leaning over Sweetie to smell her. The vet said smell is the way they learn what is going on. They can say good bye. Terry sniffed her goodbye one more time and was ready to leave her. He understood. He had tears in his eyes and his nose started running.
I have to say that keeping Terry busy had lead to a lot of exercising and meeting so many animal lovers. People are flocking to him and asking why he is so sad. He seems to understand them when they pet him and tell him that someday he will see his friend Sweetie again. It seems to help them deal with their own lossesof their beloved pets to pet him.
I am so sorry for everyone's losses. (((((hugs)))))
Dog mom to Sweetie our dog angel