No, no beta results yet. It’s Monday, which means I know the office is crazy busy, so it will be well after lunch before I hear.

It’s Angie. We had to put her down this morning. She had a recurrence of her back pain about a week and a half ago, and we took her back to the vet. It seemed the same as all the previous times, and the x-rays showed similar “things”. We medicated her and tried to get her to “rest”.

Anybody who actually knows Angie knows that rest is not what she does. Even in her crate, she flips herself over and makes things worse for herself because she gets so excited when we come home or she hears a doorbell or we have visitors.

On Friday, I noticed she was having a little trouble with one of her back legs, but it didn’t seem terrible. By yesterday, Mr. Hope and I knew she was in big trouble. She was having trouble walking, and we couldn’t get her to just be still and calm. She kept trying to get up.

This morning, she couldn’t walk at all, and by the time Mr. Hope got her to the vet, she couldn’t even stand. But bring out the leash, and she struggled with all her might.

We could have done back surgery, but the vet said she’d have to be “rested” for a month. And there’s no way Angie will rest for a month. She would have killed herself in that crate and undone any good we did by doing surgery. And she’d never be herself again – no more chasing deer or bunnies, or going on runs with us.

We’re pretty shocked at how rapidly this happened. Mr. Hope is devastated. In his words, “this really sucks.”

The picture is the last one I took of her. It was about a month ago, and BabyHope was covering her with toilet paper.

~ by Larisa on March 2, 2009.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. As a fellow pet owner, I know what a tender spot in your heart that your dog keeps.

  2. I’m so very sorry. Our cats are like babies to us and I understand how terrible you must feel right now. 😦 Hugs

  3. I am so, so sorry. Letting go of the furry babies are really hard. I’ve been where you and Mr. Hope are; my heart’s broken for you. Sending you guys love and hugs.

  4. Delurking to say that I am so very sorry. Having had to put down my cat a few years ago after a long battle with kidney failure, I know how hard this must be for you. ((HUGS))

  5. So sorry for your loss. It is so hard to let them go, because of how attached we get. Take Care….Hugs to all of you.

  6. I’m so sorry. Cherish all of the wonderful times.

  7. Two years ago my doggie died, I can’t believe how much I still think about and miss her. She was my first ‘baby’.
    I’m so sorry your Angie died.

  8. I’m so sorry. My dogs are my children, and I know Angie was one of yours. I wish this didn’t happen.

  9. I’m so, so sorry. I’m certain that Angie will always have a special place in your heart, and that she will be terribly missed.

  10. I’m sorry for your loss.

  11. I am so sorry about Angie 😦 I seriously can relate to having to put a pet down and I know how awful it is 😦

  12. I’m so sorry that you lost a part of your family. She was a good girl. Sending you comfort.

  13. Tears for Angie. It was that last sentence that did me in. She was such a sweet dog. I’m so very sorry.

  14. I’m so sorry…

  15. Rest in peace little Angie! Hoping Mr. Hope heals quickly from this (and you too)! Are you going to do a little memorial or plant a tree for her or something? That might be a good reminder of the special place she holds in your heart. ((HUGS))

  16. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

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