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My Lovely Lady

post #1 of 16
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We had my wonderful dog, Lady, put to sleep today. She was 16 years old, and we were about 3 months shy of our 16th anniversary of adopting her. The day we went looking for a dog she saw us and immediately started wagging her tail. The next day she was due to be euthanized. She really was the most wonderful dog, ever.

She was smart and cunning, protective, and just so loveable. She was also greedy and extremely jealous of all other animals. The squirrels and the birds made fun of her, and while she was fast, she could never catch them, and they'd just taunt her some more.

We called her "Houdini Hound" because she could escape any kennel we put her in, even if it was padlocked. We never figured out just how she did it.

She was a very destructive dog for most of her life. She had severe anxiety problems, and was never completely housebroken. We always felt that this was because of the abuse she suffered before we adopted her from the Humane Society at about 5 months of age. She also had epilepsy, which we did control with drugs.

When she was 13 she moved to Florida with my Dad, although she was my sister's and my dog. See, she was always happier with him, and we wanted her to be happy. She did pretty well there until about the beginning of this year. We think she may have had a stroke, and that was the beginning of her health's downfall. In the last few months she had become more incontinent than she had been, she was probably mostly blind, may have been deaf (I'm still not sure on this one; she liked to ignore us a lot). Her mind started going, and it seemed like she was unsure of what she wanted and would spend hours getting up walking around and panting every night. Recently, she had started to have trouble walking.

We decided that while she still had a good and loving home, her quality of life just wasn't very good, and there was no way we could really make it better. I don't live in Florida, so I didn't get to see her one last time, but I know she knows I love her. My Dad was with her at the end so she wasn't alone.

Lady, I miss you, and I will love you forever. All we ever wanted was for you to be happy and know you were safe and loved.


post #2 of 16
I'm so sorry for your loss.

RIP Lady
post #3 of 16
My sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss. While it is too bad that you could not see your beloved Lady again, you will undoubtedly be reunited with her over the Bridge, one beautiful day. Take comfort, as time goes by, that she is not suffering, and that she is whole again, enjoying every moment and looking forward to seeing those she loves best.
post #4 of 16
She is healthy and happy now ......... Rest In Peace Lady
post #5 of 16
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Thank you all for your kind words.

Here are some pictures of my beautiful Lady.

This is her in 1997. She always had such bright eyes. We called the spot on her head her "lucky spot".

This is in 2004, and you can see some of the grey showing up on her face.

Most everyone that came into our house (and that she accepted) loved her.

We had made the decision to put her to sleep about a week ago, so I have had some time to come to terms with this. I'm still very upset, but I do realize that she's fully healthy and happier now.

She's in her prime again, and without the anxiety and the epilepsy. She has all her teeth again and now she can chew on her BBQ Chew-eez she loved so much.

post #6 of 16
I am so very sorry for your loss.

RIP Lady
post #7 of 16
I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Lady.
post #8 of 16
Awwww bless her heart isn't she gorgeous!.

Lady will be having a brilliant time jumping and chasing after her new friends at the bridge

post #9 of 16
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Thank you all for the support.

Yes, she was so pretty. I would tell her that all the time. I'm doing better, but I still wish she could have lived forever.

post #10 of 16
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While I was home for Christmas, my Dad gave me some of Lady's ashes (not as a present!). Right now they are in a small Christmas bag (in a ziplock bag, of course, not loose), until I can find a box that I can put a lock on.

It was a definite shock to look at her ashes since I was expecting the type they show in the movies. Not even close. It was upsetting, but I didn't cry. Still, it's hard to reconcile what was before and what is now.

I had my Dad request that some of Lady favorite flavor of Milkbones (the green vegetable one) be cremated along with her, and the vet's office was nice enough to fulfill it. That definitely makes me happy to know she had those with her.

When I find a box for her, I'm going to paint it, and also enclose a poem I wrote for her the week before her death.

While it is somewhat creepy to have her ashes, I really have felt better in that respect since I brought them into my home. Like she's here with me. I miss her so much, but I know we gave her the best life possible.

Tomorrow (Jan. 3rd) would have been the 16th anniversary of adopting her and bringing her home.

post #11 of 16
I'm so sorry for the loss of your adorably cute Lady. We keep the ashes of our cat, Nancy on our mantle. We find it comforting. I'm sending prayers to you and your family.
post #12 of 16
Awww, she was a beautiful girl. May she rest in peace at the Bridge with all the other little angels
post #13 of 16
I'm so sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Lady.
post #14 of 16
It was nice of your dad to give her back to you, so at least you have part of her with you.... Im sorrry for your loss, but she's healthy and happy playing over the bridge!
post #15 of 16
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Thank you again, everyone. Lady was the first major pet death I ever experienced with my own pets, where I had a major relationship with him or her.

My first dog, Trixie, died in a tragic accident after not even having her a week. This led us to adopting Lady. Then my mouse, Jack, died of old age, but he lived with my mother's boyfriend. Originally I only saw him on weekends, then we stopped going over there when their relationship broke down. (The boyfriend took good care of Jack.) Jack couldn't live with me because Lady strenuously preferred to live in a one animal household.

It was also very hard because I had a part in deciding that it was in her best interest. Being a loving and responsible pet owner/adult really sucks sometimes.

post #16 of 16
What a sad day for us both!! I'm so sorry about your lady! She lived a long time and it sounds to me had so much love! you saved her, and despite
all of her setbacks you gave her a wonderful life!! She was Blessed!
RIP Lady!!
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