ON A PERSONAL NOTE
MY ANIMAL UPDATES
We have had a lot of changes with four of our beloved pets
in the last several years.
THE SAD NEWS
We had to put down J.D., our 13-year-old Golden Retriever,
who adopted us. He had been ill for a while, and we think
he had cancer, because he was losing weight rapidly, but we
did not want to stress him with a lot of tests. His last few
days were spent with us watching old movies, letting him eat
chicken, pizza crust and just hanging out together. When it
was time (before he was in severe pain and suffering with
no hope of recovery) the vet came to our house. I held J.D.,
stroked his head and talked softly to him. My voice was the
last sound he heard and my breath was the last thing he smelled.
It was peaceful. As they say, he had a great fun and love
filled life, and a good death. It was the right thing to do
for a loyal and beautiful creature with a heart as big as
Texas and a tail that wagged almost nonstop.
Yes, it is a difficult decision to make
for a beloved furry friend, but I know that each of my pets
would do the same thing for me if they had the choice. Oh,
how I wish they would live as long as we do! But, since they
dont its just a darn yucky part of having the
privilege to share a little time with one of these special
and sometimes life changing animals. I only wrote about my
personal experiences in the hope that it might help you with
the difficult and painful decision you may have to make.
and Black Jack, nice and comfy in their outdoor tent.
Black Jack, our black lab/greyhound mix, went to doggie Valhalla
also. We adopted him in 1991 when he was about a year old.
I found him "asleep" on the back patio one morning.
Jack "smiling." He was with us over 10 years.
Adopted 1991, when he was about a year old, and passed
Our sweet girl, Sauvignon, our miniature schnauzer, went to
doggie heaven. She was ready. As the vet said, "this
is one tough dog and she is a senior lady of 13 years."
She went through two surgeries for bladder stones and three
surgeries for tumors (two of them were cancer). When she was
11 years old, she became diabetic, and because of that, went
blind a few months later, but she adapted well. She played
outside with the other dogs and still barked at the deer!
Eventually, her kidneys failed, and as you know, there are
no kidney transplants for dogsyet. It was time. David
and I were with her. She just went to sleep. It was peaceful
NOTE: If your dog or cat exhibits
increased thirst, weight loss or frequent urination, visit
the veterinarian ASAP because it could be diabetes with no
or "Savvi," our sweet minature schnauzer (born
1989; passed away 12/10/01).
Cabbie, short for Cabernet, is our latest miniature schnauzer,
and like our others, she runs the household! She brings in
the morning newspaper, keeps the deer and wild birds in our
backyard busy by patrolling her territory. Born on Halloween,
she is full of tricks, so she can gobble a treat!
is Cabbie, our miniature schnauzer, born on Halloween.
She's now the new "Office Manager." Cabbie is
a delightful addition to our office and keeps the gals
amused "barking" orders.
our miniature schnauzer bringing in the San Antonio Express
News! It was 28 degrees out and this is her first time
wearing a winter sweater. I think she looks stylish!
ROCKYTHE GOOD NEWS
Rocky, our Military Macaw, who is over 25-years-old is now
living in a wonderful bird sanctuary nearby. Rocky had a great
life with us. He had his own large heated atrium in our backyard
and came into the house for visits He would hang out with
David in the barn. But, as with many families, our life changed.
We wanted Rocky to be as happy as possibleand boy is
he! He is with other birds, talks a lot and helps educate
others about birds. Many birds like Rocky, and large parrots,
can live to be 50, 75 and even over 100 years old. He will
have a long, happy life with his fellow feathered friends.
When we visit, he says hello in the same high-pitched voice!
our Military Macaw who we've had for over 25 years lives
in his own heated atrium. He's a beautiful and loveable
bird and enjoys watching the squirrels and wild birds
that come in the yard each day.