Hello, I am back. I have been taking a much needed break from crafting and creating and blogging. Although it is normally very good therapy for me to create and blog and share, my heart just hasn't been in it lately. We recently lost our very sweet dog of 8 years. She had a very serious heart condition and we have spent the last 4 months in and out of the doggie ICU and vet's offices with her. She has been a part of our family since she was 8 weeks old and had truly stolen our hearts. She had a very fun and quirky and sweet personality. She would suck her paw to go to sleep and had this funny little way of wagging her stubby little tail. She was the sweetest puppy I have ever known. She brought us a lot of joy and happiness over the last 8 years. It amazes me how deeply embedded an animal can become in your heart and how very, very difficult saying goodbye can be.
She went into heart failure several times and each time we took her to the ICU to spend the night in an oxygen cage and basically stabilize her. She had her own cardiologist and we became pretty well known at the vet. She was a very popular patient! All of the student aides (it was a teaching hospital) loved her too. We decided that if she went into heart failure again that we were not going to put her through spending the night in the oxygen cage again as it was very stressful for her. On Dec 9th (only 9 days after her last episode) she went into heart failure again. We drove her to the vet knowing it would be the last time. Although she was still perky and happy and playful her quality of life was beginning to diminish. Her lung capacity had decreased greatly and even going down the front steps was leaving her winded.
Her cardiologist was kind enough to come in at 11:30pm on a Sunday night to be present and say her own goodbyes. We were very fortunate in that she received amazing care by very loving people.
After a lot of discussion we decided to donate her to the hospital so that they could learn from her disease and hopefully help other sweet pups with the same condition.
Zoe, you will be missed more than any silly words could even begin to express. You will forever be present in our hearts sucking your paw and wagging your funny little tail. Lots and lots of love, sweet girl.
October 12th, 2004 - December 9th, 2012