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Farewell to my very best friend... - Adventures in Brokeville
Farewell to my very best friend...
I lost my Barney today.

He hadn't completely been himself since the blizzard a couple weeks ago, but in the last few days he was really not doing well. He was having a hard time keeping balance and it seemed like he had trouble moving around. He hadn't been eating much, and on Thursday night he wouldn't even take his pills in the pill pocket (and he loved them - you never saw a dog get so excited about taking medicine!) I also noticed he had lost quite a bit of weight (you could feel his ribs - and when they weighed him today he was down to 13 pounds.) He was having a harder time getting around this morning, and could barely move out to the car. I carried him into the vet's office and held him on my lap in the waiting room - he didn't even try to jump off. The tests at the vet found that he was in the very end stages of heart failure and had pancreatitis - and they couldn't treat one of these two things without the treatment making the other one worse. The stress of the tests got to him too - he couldn't even raise his head when they were done (although he had been able to walk into the exam room). It was the decision I never wanted to make - but it was the best thing for him. It was time.

Nana was there too (she had an appointment to get her claws clipped) We brought her to him so she was able to say goodbye too. Barney's vet is a high school friend of mine, so it was good that he was the one to do it. David and I were with him until the end, talking to him and petting him and telling him how much we loved him and would miss him. He looked so peaceful at the end - more relaxed than I'd seen him in a while.

Needless to say, I've been a weepy mess ever since. I had him for almost nine years. It wasn't long enough. It never is.

I miss him so much. He was the best dog in the world.

Barney Rosenthal: March 1, 1996-February 19, 2011.

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wyvernfree From: wyvernfree Date: February 20th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry for your loss. :-( If I'm reading the dates right at the end there, he was 15 years old, which is a long and fulfilling lifetime for a dog. That doesn't make it any easier on the people they leave behind, though. Be good to yourself... *hugs*
efcheer8 From: efcheer8 Date: February 20th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry about your loss :( He had loved one around him and I am sure he appreciated the very though decision you had to make. As someone who has had to go through that twice, I understand how painful it is.
new_world_smurf From: new_world_smurf Date: February 20th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no, Rachel, I'm so sorry. I always enjoyed reading about Barney and I know how much he meant to you and it's one of the hardest things to do when you know you have to let a beloved pet go. My thoughts are with you and David, and Barney was a VERY lucky dog to be so well loved.
moontoad From: moontoad Date: February 20th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad that Barney had you at the end, he had a good long life with you. It's just a bit over a year that we put Swag down and it still hurts. It's never easy.
eternitat From: eternitat Date: February 20th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Sending many hugs here.

Rest in peace, Barney.
merlyn4401 From: merlyn4401 Date: February 20th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so, so sorry. *HUGS*
apis_mellifera From: apis_mellifera Date: February 20th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry. It's hard to let our pets go.
jill1228 From: jill1228 Date: February 20th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)


Oh hon, I'm so sorry for your loss
msgrumpybear From: msgrumpybear Date: February 20th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Barney the bouncing ball dog from the first time we met him. :)
nyyhoneybee From: nyyhoneybee Date: February 20th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs you super tight*
amethyst_clan From: amethyst_clan Date: February 20th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry, hon. :( -hugs-
no1auntie From: no1auntie Date: February 21st, 2011 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh honey...I'm so sorry! I don't know what I'd do without Bailey, and am grieving for you. I wish I lived closer so I could hug you! *sniffle*
szeretni From: szeretni Date: February 22nd, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm really sorry for your loss. :(
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