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Goodbye, Katie May...

post #1 of 11
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My mom's dog, Katie, has to be put to sleep tomorrow. Mom found out today at Katie's check-up that Katie is in the final stage of kidney failure. The vet said it would be best to do it now, becuase her little kidney could fail totally at any time, and it would be fast (like within hours of it starting), painful and catastrophic. So I guess it's best that she goes now while she's just a little uncomfortable than to let her crash.
She just went in because she's been a little grouchy and lost a little weight. Hasn't been acting sick or anything. No pain responses, no nothing.
She just turned 13 yesterday. She was our "bonus puppy" when we bought my horse Leana when I was 14. One of the Australian Shepherds at the barn we bought Leana from had puppies right after we decided to buy Leana, and the barn owner told Mom that for every horse you buy, you get a free puppy. So as soon as she was old enough, we got Katie. I tucked her into my coat on the way home and the little snot ball peed on me! I guess she was just marking me as hers. lol
She was (and still is until tomorrow afternoon, I guess) a tough little dog. She wouldn't back down from anything. She used to get into it with my step-dad's dog Angel (who was a wolf hybrid) because they were both alphas. She gave both my step-dad AND Angel stitches in one night! The dogs were seperated after that. She even bossed around Jake, the German Sheperd Mom got after they had to put Angel to sleep. She was quite a hunter, too. Before my parents divorced, we lived in the country and she and my dad's Lab would chase deer...they even killed a woodchuck once. She killed squirrels all the time, and even caught a dove one time.

I went to say goodbye to her this evening. She was sweet as ever. I just noticed that she'd lost a bit of weight, and wasn't as perky as usual...other than that she seemed fine. She played with me, and we talked and cuddled.... She'll be okay.

I will miss Katie. She was always there...through my parents' divorce, high school, college, the after-college depression, everything. Katie was always there.
And now she won't be.

I'd like to share a couple of pictures of her.

With Jake:
post #2 of 11
Originally Posted by Zoe'n'MissKitty
She played with me, and we talked and cuddled.... She'll be okay
yes she will be okay gosh she is simply gorgeous

I am so sorry to hear this sad news

safe travels Katie - May you RIP at the bridge until you meet again
post #3 of 11
Awww and Katie what a gorgeous girl you are You've certainly had 13 happy years and Katie will never die as long as you keep her in your thoughts

You'll see her again one day, but soon she'll be crossing over to get the energy back in her like she had as a puppy

Make lots of new friends over the bridge Katie, but no chasing the kitties!
post #4 of 11
I'm so sorry your mom had to make that decision. I know from recent experience how badly it hurts. I know she'll miss Katie very much, and I know you'll also miss her. As you say, she's been with you through some very trying times.

Rest in peace at the bridge, Katie, until you meet your people again.
post #5 of 11
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Thanks for the kind words. Nothing really makes it feel any better, but thanks.
She's now romping and playing with Angel again, and finally gets to see her old hunting buddy Gus, my dad's Lab who passed away last year at the age of 20.
post #6 of 11
she was very beautiful. be thankful you had 13 years with her. animals are like that, always there for us. and gus lived for 20 years!! you and your family should get the ' top hearts of the year' award! you must take excellent care of your animals. know in your heart that your mom did the right thing. big hugs to you and your family. katie is with justy (my springer spaniel i had to put down at 17) and they are playing together. big hugs once again and if you need to talk, i am here.
post #7 of 11
How sad that you had to say goodbye to a long time friend. At least it sounds as if she went to the Bridge before she endured too much suffering. I'm sorry for your loss.
post #8 of 11
I am so sorry. I just recently had to put our doggy Susie down so I can relate to the pain and huirt you are feeling. She is in a better place and is no longer suffering. RIP Katie!
post #9 of 11
Condolences on the loss of Katie. How difficult, when she spent her entire life with you, to say good-bye! She had beautiful markings, and it sounds like she was extremely intelligent.

Rest in peace, Katie!
post #10 of 11
My condolences. It's so sad to have to say good-bye to a pet that was a part of your life for so long.
post #11 of 11
I'm so sorry for your loss of Katie, Sending PM your way.....
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