Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: San Ramon Costa Rica
Another loss to Rainbow Bridge :( Tank, my old poop.
Hello All, I have a sweet, quirky little Chinese Crested boy, and a wonderful, beautiful German Shepherd girl, who are both youngsters - they will be two years old in October and November, respectively. For 19 years, I had pugs and French Bulldogs in my house. Saturday, my Tank went to the Bridge. He was the frenchie I always talked about with an attitude problem. He was such a old poop. A canine behaviorist reject. He didn't get along with any other dog. Always grouchy, growling at the other dogs, and a challenge to us. But he was loved. He got very sick very quickly. The vet presumed, and I agreed, that it was a liver issue. He quit eating, became more lethargic than usual, his oral mucosa was dry, white, and had a slight yellow tinge. His stools were minimal because he refused to eat, but they were an orangey color (brown stool plus yellow jaundiced color equals orange). His skin took on a jaundiced tint the last day. He was given IV fluids, IM pain meds and antibiotics over two days, but nothing helped. I went to my tried and true boiled chicken and rice, but he never took a bite. My vet here in Costa Rica said exactly the words I needed to hear as a retired Hospice nurse - "quality of life", "burden versus benefit". He was the last of my original pack, which marks the end of an era. Crap. It never gets any easier. I have lost four old dogs in the last year and a half since moving to Costa Rica, and I lost three in the year before that in the States. My vet here told me he had never seen a pug as old as my last one (16 years and four months), or a frenchie as old as my Tank (12 years). He said "Congratulations", I guess about getting them to that ripe old age. I am so tired of this heartache, seven times in a little over two years. Thank for letting me talk - I know that you all understand.