posted on Jun, 21 2016 @ 09:19 PM
We had a rescue German Shepherd about 5 years ago, had her for probably 7 years. About the 2nd into it, she started dragging a rear paw. We dumped
about 9k into back surgery for her....it continued to get worse. She finally went down in the rear. About 2 months later we got her a wheel chair and
she was in heaven. That heaven lasted for about 3 years, come to find out she had D.M. Essentially M.S. For dogs. She slowly went down in the front as
well. We made changes and kept her pretty happy and satisfied. We drove her around tons, to keep her brain entertained, she didn't like being pulled
around in a wagon, too independent for that. The D.M. Just kept expanding. My wife would flip her every 4 hours through the night, manipulate her to
make her pee/poop (she's a vet tech) I know it sounds impossible, but she was happy and comfortable all things considered. Once it got to her brain
stem and she started having seizures....we knew immediately it was time.
The vet came to our house and gave her a shot, she died at home in the room we spent most of our family time together as a pack. She passed peacefully
in my arms. That "dog" took a large part of my heart with her when she passed. I stopped eating mammals from just understanding the bonds that can
exist. I could cry at the drop of a hat for a couple years if she passed through my thoughts. We now have 2 more shepherds, one that was on death row,
he is missing one rear foot and the other is deformed. He is very dog aggressive and the pound he was at was going to put him down at 4 months old as
they saw him non adoptable.
I know I will have to deal with the passing of him and our other shepherd. I hate that, but I couldn't live without their companionship. We know our
calling is to take care of the Shepherds others kick to the curb. Just reading your story took me back to that day Sophie passed, hurts, and it always
will. You just have to take that unconditional love, something many others do not have for animals, and put it to use. Adopt another when it's time
and share that love. It's a quality that can change a living beings life.
Sorry for your loss.