|Sprite July 8, 2013|
We made the decision today after Sprite experienced another rough night, the second in a month. Sprite has now joined Rob's puppy Buzz in doggy Heaven.
For months Sprite's back legs would splay out behind him when he's eaten dinner. Today he didn't want breakfast, just 4 small bites of chicken, and treats.
Sprite has had a bad heart murmur since we took him in as a foster dog. Last year he developed kidney failure. For the last 6 months he's only been able to hold his urine for 4-5 hours maximum, so we've put towels in the kitchen for him (and he used them).
|Sprite and Tom at the vet when we first got him Dec. 2010|
He was unable to walk around the neighborhood for over a year. I've had to carry him upstairs and downstairs for about a year, and outside and back inside for the last several months. His breathing was somewhat labored over the last several days.
He was blind in one eye, and only saw light and shadows with the other, and deaf in one ear. His quality of life was really not good, and we kept him comfortable.
He loved his Pupperoni, though. and couldn't wait to get it at 8pm while we all went upstairs to watch TV to unwind.
Our thanks to Cozy Canine Camp and especially Mary Chick for making Sprite's life at daycare such a wonderful experience over the years. Family Vet Clinic in Gambrills has also been wonderful with all of his surgeries and getting him healthy since he arrived in Dec. 2010.
Tonight, Dr. Christine Yates, and Vet Tech Eric, were amazing and patient with us and Sprite as we brought him in. They gave him a sedative and let him drift off over 40 minutes before it was time. Tom and I held onto him and told him it was okay to go. We are both a mess tonight.
Thanks for your notes and Facebook messages and texts. I'm just not up for talking tonight.
WHEN DID WE GET SPRITE?
|Sprite in 2010 with a growth on his neck|
Sprite was obviously NEVER HUGGED, and NEVER HAD TOYS. When we got him he didn't know what a hug was, and Tom said Sprite was unaffectionate and he was right. It wasn't until Dec. 2013 that Sprite would come to me to get his head rubbed. He never played with toys, though. In 2011, Dr. Yates told us that because of his Heart Murmur, if he were to go to another home it would've killed him (the stress), so we ADOPTED SPRITE.
Story about his teeth removal: http://rob-tom-dolly-franklin.blogspot.com/search?q=sprite+foster+dog
|May 11, 2011, Ed joins us for a dog walk- Sprite had to be carried the whole way|
On Sunday night, July 8, I (Rob) took Sprite to the emergency vet. Sprite is just over 16 1\2 yrs old and has been dealing with kidney failure and a serious heart murmur for years.
|Sprite was Finally Happy all healed in 2011!|
|Franklin, Sprite and Dolly pose in 2012|
hospital at 10:30 p.m.
His breathing was labored, and they took him in the back rooms to try and quell the bleeding. After 30-45 minutes at the ER they managed to stop the continuous bleeding, although he bled more when he came home.
The emergency vet thought it could be a tumor, but would have to put him under to test him. His weak heart and kidneys can't handle that. He's only eating treats, and for the last couple of months, I have usually carried him out to do his business, and then carry him back in. Although he did walk occasionally and once he found the strength in his weak back legs, he would walk a bit in the back yard (although mostly stop, stand and stare at the sky).
SHORT VIDEO OF SPRITE FROM TODAY: JULY 8, 2013>>>>>>>
Following is a post I wrote for the UK TRIP Blog - that involves a medical emergency with Sprite while we were on vacation. This was a serious issue, so we knew this was coming.
UK Trip #19: A Doggone Emergency
The last thing that anyone wants to hear on a trip is that there's an emergency back home. When we were in our second night in Scotland, that's the message we received on a slip of paper under our door. We just finished taking the "Witchery Tour" of the city and got back to the room at 10:30 p.m. local time to find that note. The note said "Please call your mother as soon as possible."
|Sprite, a screaming Dolly, and Franklin with Santa:2012|
SEVERAL UNANSWERED CALLS - We talked to the front desk who said we could call the U.S. directly for a very minimal amount, so we tried calling Tom's mom, my mom, the dog's kennel, and couldn't get through to anyone.Our great travel agent, Anne Marie Clark of Across the Pond Tours was on the phone when we tried calling. So, Rob ran down the stairs to the business center and emailed the kennel and Tom's mom. By this time, it was 11 p.m. local time (7 p.m. Eastern Time/U.S.).
|Dressed for winter|
Tom found this helpful advice on line that hit every chord about little Sprite (and may help others):
When It's Time
|Sprite in 2011|
Many of us take a long time to reach this conclusion and it's understandable. Any decision to put a dog to sleep is difficult, feels premature, and is often tainted with guilt. Perhaps you feel your dog has brought you years and years of pleasure, and now you owe it to him to comfort and sustain him for as long as he is willing to carry on. Again, this is a perfectly understandable and completely rational thought from a human perspective. Consider everything I have written here about how it looks from the dog's perspective.
Once your dog's heath slips off the edge, nature has no intention of restoring him. His senses have dulled. His mobility, as he knew it, has gone. He struggles to orient himself. He may be in pain, or so diminished by pain medication that he cannot do any of the things he once loved to do. The feedback he receives from you is laced with pity. He cannot do his job. He cannot even do normal body functions correctly. Worst of all, none of this makes any sense to him. The kindest, most loving act you can do at this point is to gently help him find everlasting peace.