Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Puget Sound PNW
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
Rory 10.5yr GSD/Lab
Alexa 4yr GSD/Mal