Another loss to Rainbow Bridge :( Tank, my old poop. - German Shepherd Dog Forums
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 12:28 PM
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I am so very sorry for all of your losses. Heartbreaking.

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I am so sorry. No matter how long we have our beautiful pups it is never long enough. My thoughts are with you.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 12:36 PM
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So sorry for your losses.I recently lost my little guy too,who was also quite the curmudgeon.They may be tiny but such huge personalities!R.I.P. Tank.
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Its always so heartbreaking to say goodbye. I am so sorry for the loss of your little guy. RIP Tank
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It never gets any easier. I'm so sorry for your losses.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone. Grief is cummulative, and the losses over the past 2 1/2 years have been brutal. I know things will get better as time passes, and I am so appreciating my crestie and shepherd!
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Ohhhh, I'm so sorry for all your loses over the last 2 years, I wish there was something I could say to heal the heartache, my deepest sympathies to you and your household.
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I'm so sorry for your losses. I can only imagine how difficult it's been.
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I am so sorry for your loss.
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