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Pet loss and grieving
A loved one is
never truly gone until they are forgotten,
...to live in the hearts of those left behind is to live forever!
IN LOVING MEMORY
September 27th. 2010
We made the decision this morning to let our 9+ year old, Clyde, go.
Clyde had a very unsettled life before coming to us. He started out in a
home but kept getting beat up by a Rottweiler. From there he went to the
Great Dane rescue in Las Vegas and was adopted out again. These people asked
us if we could watch him for "three weeks" while they looked for another
place to live and never came back for him. We think he was about 4 years old
but we weren't sure.
He only weighed 123 pounds and was very destructive and nervous. It took us
a year to get him up to a proper weight and to assure him he was loved and
protected and not going anywhere. He became less destructive (except with
his toys) and would stuff an entire stuffed animal in his mouth if you told
him to stop ripping it apart. I guess he figured if we couldn't see it then
he didn't have it.
Clyde starting having back leg issues and was diagnosed with wobblers
disease. That progressively got worse and he starting walking like a drunken
sailor. But he still loved to play and actually run around some. He
eventually became incontinent to the point we got doggie diapers with extra
pads for him. Made life a lot easier for him and us.
Our biggest fear was the back legs would go out but the mind would remain as
sharp as a tack. That was not a decision we wanted to make. I don't know if
this was a blessing or not, but it didn't go that way. Since labor day
weekend he had two episodes of bloat, wouldn't eat (or threw up what he did
eat), the peeing was so bad he was dehydrated and the back legs were getting
to the point where he couldn't stand on his own. This was a no brainer for
us. At least that's what our heads are telling us....our hearts are a
different matter. We just lost Brinkley less than 3 months ago and Pretzel 2
years ago. A lot of heartache.
At least we know (and Clyde knows) that he had a wonderful life after he
came to us. Filled with love, toys, food, water and family. We love you
Clyde and will miss you deeply.
Teri and Wayne
Pugsly, Josie and Baxter
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