Rex, Lyndsey & Makayla, 6-02-02
We lost Rex yesterday. We had a lot of hope initially when the vet gave us all the options, depending on x-rays. Lots of meds available these days for hip dyspepsia and such. When we got a call from the vets office less than an hour after leaving, to come in and talk, we worried the news was bad. It was, real bad, Rex would probably never walk again, the arthritis had gotten so bad the hips were no longer in their sockets and his knees wouldn't be strong enough for alternative treatment. Any attempt to keep him going would be for us and not him. I didn't know, dogs don't show pain until it's excruciating. Something from when they were wild; to show weakness makes them prey. So it was hard to comprehend how much pain he's been in for so long.
Paul's having a real hard time today. Shane, our border collie, is looking for Rex constantly, I'm ok. If we take on the responsibility of "owning" a pet, we have such a benefit, of the love, devotion, loyalty, fun and all the other wonderful things that come our way. Until Dogs can live as long as humans, we also have to accept they won't be with us forever. I shed my tears yesterday when I comforted him until he was gone. As hard as it was to learn how much pain he's been in for so long, it makes it easier knowing he's out of pain now. I really do hope "All Dogs go to Heaven".. Believing that makes it easier today.
For now, I'll just say, You'll ALWAYS be the #1 dog Rex.
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