Thursday, July 15, 2010

In Memory Of Skeeter The Terrier

I've put off doing this post.  I had to do one on Mugsey about a year ago, not sure it may be on my other animals blog.

Skeeter made it up to the house on Friday, she had stayed down @ the other house for a couple days.  I could hear her in the night moaning and she had quit eating so I decided I was biting the bullet and taking her in to the vet Saturday.  She sat up most of the way there like finally I'm getting some attention.  She is buried under the Rose of Sharon bush west of the house with a huge rock I'd dug out of the lawn for her gravestone.  I will do a longer more detailed post later but this will have to do for now.   She may have been 20, we know she was @ least well over 10 years old because she was old when we got her in 1999.  She is the first dog we have had to have put to sleep because of old age.  She was a tough old dog and I do miss her much more than I thought I would.  The vet said her teeth looked like she was a young dog.  She had a heart condition of some sort though and was getting congested and I'm sure she was uncomfortable.  This video is from earlier in the week on one of her treks from one house to the other.


Happier days last June, Dispatch, Opal my daughters bulldog, Fema my cousins miniature Schnauzer, Mugsey gone 7/30/09, and Skeeter under the chair, gone 7/10/10.

9 comments:

Lily Robinson said...

I'm so sorry. I've been there. I understand. He had a great life with you. In many ways, he will remain with you forever. May you find comfort in knowing that he lived a long, full life.

MISTAYA said...

You know you did the right thing even though it is always so hard. You gave him love, that's probably all he really wanted. Bless you, Mistaya and her M.O.M. Gail

BlackLOG said...

It is amazing how pets get under your skin. Once they are gone they leave a gap in your life that is difficult to fill. One of our cats, McG is getting on a bit, 14 and I dread the day when he is not there anymore. He is such a personality that I fear the void that will be left. Sorry for your loss but know you did the right thing for Skeeter, keeping them going is for us not the pet....

P.S. Reading your previous post I think McG has stolen “Dispatches” dog like eating ability (as in ability to eat like a dog not ability to eat dog, although given half a chance who knows….) . He has to be fed separately from our other cat (we have a daily check to make sure she is all in one piece, no bits missing) and all traces of food removed from the kitchen work tops otherwise it's gone (How many cats do you know that will eat a Donut and a loaf of bread?). A friend from Canada stayed once and had purchased some dog biscuits to take back with him (no they were not for him...at least I don't think they were). Despite them being shit away in his suit case, in a cupboard in a shut room McG managed to break in. The only evidence left was a half pen zip, some crumbs and loads of ginger fur all over my friend’s clothes....Oh the embarrassment...

AL said...

Yes I know how you feel TC, I have been there and it was so painful. The last time I took a dog to the vet to make her sleep forever was last year with Michiko my golden retriever.

TC said...

Thanks everyone. I know it was the right thing but it was unbelievably hard. The dog didn't even LIKE me that much (she WORSHIPED my husband) but she was my responsibility and she was always here and would wag her tail when I saw her...

Denise Taylor said...

So sorry TC. You may think the dog didn't like you but she just showed it in a different way. I'm sure she loved you and is grateful for the life that you gave her and for your compassion in the end.

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Jan Mader said...

I'm so sorry. What a great life he had since 1999 though. I hope you can find some comfort in that knowledge...I know it's hard.

kathryn said...

Aw, honey....I'm so sorry. What a sweet dog....I'm sure he knows how much he was loved.

Metro is almost 10 and has heart issues (on 4 diff meds)....now they've found a malignant tumor in his mouth, which we had removed.

He's the only pet we've ever had and the boys don't know life w/o him. I can't imagine how any of us will cope.

My heart and prayers go out to you.