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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-05-2013, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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R.I.P. my sweet Koda

I aquired Koda a little more than 6 years ago, from the WA GSD Rescue, when I agreed to take him in for a temporary (4-day) foster, while his foster family was out of town for Thanksgiving.
He had been abandoned at a boarding kennel, which is how he ended up in the rescue, so they did not want to board him for the holiday.
Before the first day was over, I knew he needed a permenant home, as soon as possible, so I contacted the rescue to tell them I wanted to adopt him.

Koda was a sweet & gentle soul, although he liked to portray that he was tough. He was a big teddy bear, & everyone who met him, instantly fell in love with him.

A little more than three weeks ago, Koda wasn't acting right. He hadn't been eating as well, I had to hand feed him to get him to eat. At first I thought it was his body not handling the recent vaccinations as well, since he was 9 years old, & I took him into the vet for a follow up visit, & she felt that was the case as well.

She said he was showing signs of arthritis, & that I should consider giving him Rimadyl at some point, as it progressed.
A week later, I gave him Rimadyl for a couple days, he wasn't acting right after I stopped giving it to him, so I took him to the vet. The day I took him in, he decompensated very quickly. He had a very high fever, & had labored breathing.
They tried a couple different antibiotics, lasix, & later cortisone as well. Xrays showed what seemed to be some masses around his heart.
He initially responded to the iv fluids & meds, & his fever came down the first night, but he continued to have labored breathing.
The next morning, his fever spiked higher than it was the previous day & his breathing was not getting any better.
After talking to the vet, we decided it was time to let Koda go. I broughtrory in for her to see him for a little bit, but she was too stressed about being in the vets office (or maybe she knew what was going on) & so I put her back in the truck & spent some time with him before the vet came back in.

Koda passed very quickly, as I layed on the floor next to him, telling him how much I loved him.

I miss him terribly, & at the same time, I am so grateful that I was blessed to have had the opportunity to have had such a wonderful dog in my life.

I have very recently adopted a GSD/Mal female, (her story is in the pictures section).

As long as I am able to, I will provide a home for at least two, otherwise unwanted dog.
I initially considered planning for a 3rd dog after things settle with this new addition, but we'll see how having Mal in the mix works out. LOL

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I am sorry for your loss Rest In Peace Koda...

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I'm so sorry for your loss RIP Koda

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I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace handsome Koda

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I am sorry to hear of your loss.
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I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for giving him the home you did! I know a committment to rescue doesn't cure your current heartache, but I commend you for looking ahead.

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I am so sorry for your loss of your handsome boy Koda. He blessed your life because you gave him his. He is ,at least I believe ,is in a place where he can run ,play, chase and watch over his loved ones.
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Sorry for your loss. It is amazing how good of a life you gave him. In all fairness, you probably extended his life by six years. Something to be very proud of.
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Goodbye handsome boy Koda.

I'm sorry for the loss of your boy

He looks very sweet in the picture.
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