Last Update on Gracie…

It’s been a long two weeks with Gracie…trips to the vet, constantly watching for any changes, monitoring pain, praying for the best…

We had decided to have the vet do surgery.  We called to schedule and the earliest appointment we could get was next Wednesday.  The vet had scheduled time away and that’s the only time it would fit in.

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Last night I got home late from a visit to Country Threads.  Gracie was happy to see me.   Hubby had been in and out checking on her all day and she was her new normal self…still sick but happy.

After about a half hour of me being home, things turned awful.  She was panting and gasping.  I finally got her to take some more pain meds even though she wasn’t suppose to have more I just couldn’t stand to see her hurting.

Right then and there Hubby and I decided that we would call and look and search until we could find a vet to do the surgery the next day.

This morning we called our vet.  They had two cancellations and could get her in.  I dropped her off this morning.  Shortly after I got home the vet called.  The tumor was egg sized and on her kidney.  Her spine was inflamed indicating probably lymphoma.   We could have had her kidney removed but it would be quite invasive and risky only to have her live with lymphoma.  The vet didn’t give her long to live in that state and predicted more suffering.  We opted to put her to sleep.

I am so sad.  The house is quiet.  I am going through the work of vacuuming the dog hair off the couch, cleaning up dog toys, and laundering the kennel blanket.   It’s a sad mournful process.  Oh, I will miss her.  She was such a big part of my life…my little buddy.

Gracie was a rescue dog….one of the night when Gracie was feeling so sick, my daughter, while petting her,  said, “How could anyone have not wanted you?”  I wondered the same things a million times.

Good-bye my true and faithful friend.  You were a great dog!

118 thoughts on “Last Update on Gracie…

  1. Elaine

    Jo, I write this with tears in my eyes. I know what you are going through as I have been there. Allow yourself time to grieve for her. You are in my prayers.

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  2. Tammy

    So sorry for the loss of Gracie, I know it was a hard decision. Just know she knew what it was like to live in a home with humans that LOVED her. God bless.

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  3. Becky

    Jo, many many prayers and hugs sent. Our hearts still ache for our two babies we had sent to pup heaven in the early summer. Gracie loves you and understands your hearts. Hold on to the memories and remember that Gracie will live in your hearts and memories forever.

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  4. Toni Anne

    OMG!!! I don’t know where I’ve been the last few days, your blog is the first I read every morning. My heart is breaking for you, I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to be here for you with some encouragement. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure it was a very heart wrenching situation, to she her in such pain. After rescuing Gracie, you and your family gave her a wonderful and loving life and home, she knew she was loved. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I’ll miss Gracie brightening your blog photos. Toni Anne

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  5. Susan

    Gracie had a very good life in your home. You and your family have my sympathies. Thanks to you Gracie had quite an extended family of blog followers. We will all miss her.

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  6. LoriL

    Jo, so sorry to read about Gracie. It sounds like you made the best choice for Gracie. One good thought is that you have many photos of her in your blogs to reflect back on some day and smile about the good times you two shared. I feel your pain as I have had to make that decision twice in the last 5 years and just found out today that one of my dogs has limes and another tick disease. Hugs.

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  7. Ila

    Oh, Jo! I’m so sorry for you. It’s such a difficult decision. We give them all we can and in the end the last thing we give them is mercy. You did the right thing…but it’s still hard. I’ll be thinking of you both.

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  8. Melanie Winters

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Gracie spend the last years of her life surrounded by love, she was a lucky puppy to have you.

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  9. kwiltnkats

    My heart is heavy with yours. Tears in my eyes. I lost one of my kitties, Kaos, earlier this year to kidney failure. She was 13 and in pain as your Gracie. I decided like you to let her go to the pet rainbow. I miss her so much still as you will miss Gracie. Remember she’s waiting for you at the end of the rainbow. Sandi

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  10. Terry

    So sorry that you have lost part of your heart with the passing of your buddy. It is so hard and so quiet I know. But God blessed you with her the time you had with her and you will always have that. There is no love on earth like the love we get from our pets. God bless you and give you comfort at this time…

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  11. sandyb

    I am so sorry to hear about Gracie. I know that your heart is truly hurting and there is a deafening silence in your house. HUGS to you.

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  12. Donna

    I lost our Westie, Lily Anne, last Monday morning about 3:30…………I am so sad………I miss her…………she was my last ‘child’.

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  13. Sherry V.

    You truly made the best decision for Gracie that you could.

    You and your family have my deepest sympathies because I know what you are going through. . . .I lost my best buddy almost 4 years ago & it still hurts.

    Our pets truly do become a part of our family and the loss is felt just as much.

    I hope knowing that others are sending prayers and hugs to you helps in some small way.

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