Friday, February 25, 2011

He Will Be Missed

Our bassett, Scooter started feeling poorly about two weeks ago when his eyes got gooey and he couldn't keep them open. The vet gave me an ointment for his eyes without an office visit (thank you!).
Then a week later, he started looking sickly. No energy, walking like he was suddenly fragile.
A trip to the vet and we were told he had a urinary tract infection.
A couple days ago, after 10 days of antibiotics and no improvement, his breathing was labored and he wouldn't even eat a dog treat.
After a rough night where I got maybe 3 hours of sleep and thought he would die,
we took him to the vet again.
This was yesterday.
An x-ray revealed that something was enlarged. The vet thought the spleen.
My husband said, "operate".
Like we have the money.
The vet does not accept Blue Cross.
But suddenly we love this pain in the butt dog who digs into the kitchen trash and has chewed up my favorite storage containers (to get at the food inside) and has followed me around like a cat so that I have almost tripped and fallen over him many times.
@#!&%!!
Yes, THAT dog. We suddenly want to try anything to keep him. If we can. He is barely two years old. Too young to be serioulsy ill. We will make payments to the vet.
So the doctor operates and finds, not a bad spleen, but Scooter's liver covered in cancer.
She does not rouse Scooter from the anesthetic. We had agreed on this before hand. And late afternoon we get the bad news. Scooter is not coming home.
We cry and miss him.
His velvety ears. His clownish ways.
His pain in the butt habits.
We eat dinner for the first time last night without worrying about food being eaten off the kitchen counter while we aren't looking.
Our St. Bernard gets all of the leftovers scraped into her dish alone.
Scooter's dish will be washed and retired.
He is missed.

16 comments:

Cass said...

Aww gosh, so sorry to hear this. Reading this brought tears to my eyes and heart as we have two dogs that will eat your food and they are always under my feet as well. I know you will miss him dearly. The love us so much. Hugs to you hun.

Jill said...

I'm so sorry...sending up prayers for you.

Yvonne said...

Such a sad tale of your beloved pet. Hugs to all of you.

Arty Em, Creativity Traveler said...

I am so so sorry for your loss, and hope dear Scooter is now frolicking in a happy place. It is so terribly sad when we lose a close and loyal friend.

*jean* said...

oo i am so sorry...i hope your happy memories will bring you some comfort...he looks like he was a sweetie

Joanna said...

Oh what sad news, Nathalie. And dear Scooter was so young too.

Sending you lots of love,

Jo
xxx

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear about Scooter. Pets become such a part of our lives that when we lose them it really hurts. Best Wishes
Sarah

Linda said...

I'm so sorry.....

Ann said...

Oh,Nathalie! I am so very,very sorry to hear that your Scooter has gone to Heaven. How devastating to loose your baby!! Pets are our children and the loss is so painful. We had a similar situation with our beloved Otis a few years back...and I still miss him so,even though it's not as heart-wrenching. Sending you and your family my love ,hugs and deepest sympathy.xo,Ann

ooglebloops said...

2 years old, my gosh. So sorry to hear that. But, a basset who can get food off the counter? He certainly did not let short legs get in his way!!!!He will definitely be missed..........

Marlynn said...

I am so sorry my dear BFF - it is hard to lose a pet and one so young, i think it is twice as hard. The surprise of cancer in your beloved pet is crappy. My Cricket - cat - the same thing - and I had to put him down so quick it took me a long time to get over but it does heal. Take care and be good to all of you. Can I make a contribution to the Scooter Fund? seriously, send me a message and it will be flying off to you, hugs

Jeanie said...

Oh, Nathalie, I am so very, very sorry. I mourn your loss of this sweet and mischievious friend. Our pets -- even our capricious ones -- are a part of our family and our world and when they are not beside us, it is a tremendous loss. Hugs to you and to your family, too.

Cass said...

Hi, just stopping by to see how you are doing. I hope you're having a good week. Take care.

Cassandra
www.alteredlily.com

bad penny said...

Oh so sad, especilly a dog so very young xx

Kimmie said...

I am so sad ..... That is just awful! Poor baby!

daysease said...

I am SO sorry for your loss. I know how it goes, and ache with you. God provided these loving creatures to add to our days, and we are extra blessed to have them. Thinking of you...