Our menagerie has lost one of its members. Hannah, the lab mix, had been suffering from kidney disease since last May, occasionally losing her appetite and energy only to be perked up with some IV fluids. When she stopped eating this past weekend, we took her in and got the vet to give her fluid Sunday and Monday. Unfortunately, it didn’t really help and she continued to decline. Tuesday morning, she had very labored breathing and her heart was racing. We knew the time had come to ease her suffering. When we got her to the vet, the doctor said she was going into heart failure, and that we were making the right decision for Hannah.
Even though we felt reassured by her prognosis, it was still a very difficult decision. This sweet girl was part of our family for 10 years. She was found by a friend in a rest stop on I-40, clearly abandoned by whoever brought her there. She had a rabies vaccination tag from New York, but no identifying information for us to find her owner. Our best guess is that she belonged to a trucker (she always rode exceptionally well in the back seat) who didn’t have time to catch her when she took off after a squirrel. She loved to chase the ones in our back yard when she was younger. As she got older and arthritis set in, she was content to lay in the flower bed, or on the deck, watching the poodle do the running around.
She will forever be in our hearts, and we will miss her quiet loyalty and unconditional love, but we know she is romping and playing with our other fur-babies that were waiting for her in heaven, chasing squirrels and eating treats and watching out for us from above.