This is so surreal, I can’t believe it, as I was getting ready to post another short story about our beautiful dog Friend going to the vet for her annual check-up, I have to tell you that we had to put her down on Wednesday. In the space of five days including the weekend, a common canine condition of spinal arthritis that attacks larger breed dogs in the lower part of dogs spine took hold of Friend and wouldn’t let go.
She was probably harboring the disease for some time, but it exploded over the past week. On Thursday she seemed fine, on Friday she was a bit listless, on Saturday night she fell and by Monday afternoon the results were in. Friend could no longer control her own bladder or bowls. She was in pain trying to lift herself up and would fall from time to time like a rock in water. She seen the Vet Monday afternoon who confirmed the disease/old age. We were told that in some cases the disease is treatable and the best place for her would be to be at home with some pain medication.
But after two days of some heavy duty drugs, the people who loved Friend the most made the decision – we didn’t want to put her through any more. She would have been twelve in July and the best case scenario would have been a slow few months of medication and blood tests. I could see it in my baby girl’s eyes that she was hurting. There was no fight in her, her breathing was laboured and she couldn’t stand up without help.
She was scared to death and as crazy as it sounds, she looked almost embarrassed or ashamed that she was in such a state. But that was Friend, she lived to please us. It was a tough couple of days, debating back and forth as to whether we continue to treat her. Even then, with her weak back-end chances are she’d have trouble getting up off the floor forever.
After speaking with the Veterinarian once again, it was said she is not herself and would never leap of the dock into the water again. Something so hard to take for a Newfoundland Dog.
So no more running in the park, no more chasing squirrels along the fence and no more walks around the block. No more lazy days at Bear Lake in Noelville in Northern Ontario. And no more rides in the truck with the windows open.
We knew our girl and as hard as it was to accept, her time was up.
She was a great dog who had a great life with a family who didn’t know how much they loved her until her last day.
And beside our sweet little ‘baby girl’ in the cool temperatures of February 2017, with all of us hugging and kissing her we said goodbye to the most wonderful dog on earth.
Goodbye Friend and thank you.