Saturday, November 19, 2011

2011 Gratitude Challenge Day 19

It's been a while since I have done one of these, but I truly am thankful today.

I am thankful for our dog, Treble, who passed this afternoon between 2:30 and 3:30pm.

He was a wonderful dog.  The pictures above were taken last night.  We noticed he was not acting or being himself just this week on Wednesday.  On Thursday he seemed a little sluggish, but not really too much difference other then that.  On Friday there was a tremendous amount of difference, including heavy, distressed, labored breathing; no eating; little drinking; and little of expelling.

We let the girls know (Seanan is younger so he will 'forget'  the dog faster) that he was not feeling well and that he was VERY old.  Then we told him the story of how we got him and how old he was.  And then we let them know that we felt that he might be going to Heaven ... soon.  They were sad, but seemed to understand.

Little did I know it would just be one more day.  BUt late Friday evening/early Saturday when the dogs had to go to the bathroom, Treble didn't make it out of our bedroom.  He collapsed ... from lack of energy, I think, right by the bed and so my husband had to pick him up and return him to the bathroom where they sleep.

Then in the morning he had to be carried outside.  The children were all out most of the day today with their Savtah (grandmother) today so when Treble was at his worst they weren't here to see that.  The girls are having a sleepover and won't probably find out that he has gone to Heaven until Monday.  Treble passed while sleeping.

He was a Collie rescue (although we are pretty sure he was a mix due to his "pointer" abilities.)  We were his foster parents after he had been thrown from a moving vehicle and left on the side of the road.  At the time we received him our other Collie dog, Harmoni, was just 7-9 months old.  We were told this new collie was at least a year, but he was much smaller. (I'll come back and put the picture from their first week together soon.)

He was a very gentle and affectionate dog who loved to bark at small motored objects and vehicles, birds of prey, and 'point.'  Here is a picture from about 2 years ago.

You were loved dear Treble.  You will be missed.  Thank you for your love to my family.  What are you thankful for today?

1 comment:

Naomi said...

It is always so sad when a family pet passes away. My kids have been through a couple of them at this point. Thankfully, my kids weren't around when the animals passed. It was almost easier that way.

I pray that your kids weather their sorrow well.

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