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prplhze2000
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Dog passed a few weeks ago.
I can finally write about it here. Hurt like hell and yeah, I cried every day for a week.

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Meet Max. A big ole goofball who was 11 years old. I took him in October last year when an elderly couple got sick and could no longer take care of him. The husband died a month later as it was.

He was a broken dog but he had the biggest heart. Breeding was so bad you could even see the cartilage of his actual tail. He was deaf. Had a low thyroid. He developed ulcers in each eye and I spent months fighting those. There were huge growths on his skin. He walked with a real bad limp on his front leg because his arthritis was so bad. However, there was on blessing. He didn't have the heart problems common to his breed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The lug nut was heart murmur free for all of his life.

He never whined and if he hadn't barked once at a cat, I would have thought the mutt was mute. Max might have been deaf and later half-blind but we communicated just fine. He only had one goal in life, to be around his owner as much as caninely possible. He hobbled around the house looking for me if he didn't know where I was.

He discovered he loved to ride in the car and got to ride almost every day. He learned where all the tasty drive-thru windows are in the Jackson metro area: banks, coffee shops, pharmacies, and Backyard Burgers. The chow hound eventually started recognizing them and went bonkers when I would pull up to their window. Yes, he recognized which drive'thru's gave treats and which ones didn't. He was a pretty smart dog and was still learning new tricks.

For example, the sliding patio door had no doggie door. No problem. Max created his own in the screen. Just pushed his way through the corner and voila, doggie door. It turns out Max was smarter than me (that's not saying much) as I didn't fix the screen because it turned out to be pretty convenient. The mutt would simply go outside as needed and then come right back inside. Good boy. The other dog saw it and figured it out too.

He actually enjoyed going to the vet (which was too often) and liked a good bath.

Sadly, he developed a GI virus one weekend. The symptoms didn't fully manifest themselves until Sunday evening. I took him in first thing Monday morning. He had an infection, the blood sugar shot up to 700 (he wasn't diabetic), and the increased blood sugar hit the kidneys hard. The blood sugar and infection got under control within two days but it was too late. The kidneys shut down and his body finally gave out Thursday night.

That Thursday was hard as well. The doc texted me and said we needed to look at putting him down. I went up there and spent over 2 hours with him. His breath reeked of ammonia. However, he started getting more active after an hour. He tried to stand a few times and wasn't as lethargic as before. I held his paws and he would push off of them to stand himself up. he was holding his head up and looking around, a big improvement. I had them run his bloodwork again. The kidneys were down to 66. Friggin miracle. Vet said he could not recommend putting him down. Left at 5:30 and figured I would come back the next morning when the doors opened at 7:30.

Here he is that afternoon. Youtube

Phone text alert sounded at 6. I didn't even look. I knew what it was. He passed during the night. He was a really good boy. He tried so hard. Never seen a dog push back death like that before. He was my boy.

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This post was edited on 11/25 at 9:57 pm


bmarcs82
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
First downvote


Tiger Ryno
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
My advice. Time to move on son.


BeerMoney
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
Sorry about your loss baw. Go bang some hookers, you’ll feel better
This post was edited on 11/25 at 9:45 pm


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Stud Bud
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
I’m sorry you lost your friend. Dogs are great companions. It sounds like you are getting better day by day. Maybe look into going to the Animal Rescue League. Got a wonderful pet from there because there’s always another that could use a good home.


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LSUJML
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
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I took him in October last year when an elderly couple got sick and could no longer take care of him.


First let me say I’m very sorry for your loss.
Major props to you for taking him in, I have rescue dogs as family dogs & just sent my 1st foster off to her forever home but my goal when I retire is to take in dogs that owners go to nursing homes or pass.
Looks like he was a very lucky boy to have 2 families to love him.

I hope you find peace in knowing he passed knowing he was loved.


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tiggerthetooth
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
Sounds like a great pup. He was lucky to have to as an owner and was certainly quite spoiled.


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Yewkindewit
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
I upvoted for the love you have for Max. Shitty deal about him passing. Hang in there!


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Arthur Bach
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
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My advice. Time to move on son.


A dog is a man’s best friend, dude. What are you talking about? Let the dude handle it how he feels.

Sorry for your loss. When you feel the time is right you can go and rescue another dog and help him like you helped your dude over the last year. :fistbump:


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GumbOrgeron
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
I am sorry for the loss, man. That was so gracious of you to take him in to your home and care for him. Just know you probably gave him one of the best years of his life. I loved the write up on Max that you gave us. It genuinely warmed my heart


Bawcephus
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
Anyone who downvoted the OP is a certified frickwad.

Sorry for your loss, cherish the memories you have and know you did all you could.


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Demshoes
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
Props to giving him a positive quality of life to the end.


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Sentrius
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
This is why I'm afraid of getting a dog. I just can't handle the heartbreak when they finally leave this world.


Woodreaux
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
That's a fricked-up comment to leave in this sort thread. I hope a pigeon dive bomber takes a big shite all over you the next time you go outside.


DallasTiger
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
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I am sorry for the loss, man. That was so gracious of you to take him in to your home and care for him. Just know you probably gave him one of the best years of his life. I loved the write up on Max that you gave us. It genuinely warmed my heart


This.


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SNAKERIVER
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
Thoughts, prayers and an aching heart for you. Been there. Time slowly heals. Max knew how much you loved him.


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A Menace to Sobriety
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
First 3 posts all equally shitty. Yall need to fricking grow up.

Anyway these threads always depress me thinking about my old Jack Rustle buddy. He was the best. Putting him down was one of the worst days of my life. Sorry for your loss man. Beautiful dog. Takes a damn good person to take in a dog with already serious physical disabilities and yet you were still able to give him a great life. Props to you man you did good. Give it a few weeks to think about your pal and then try to get another dog. It helps trust me.


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LesterFreamon
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
Sorry for your loss. The part about the screen door made me laugh as my dogs have done the same thing and I have no intentions of fixing it. You gave him a better life over a relatively short period of time, and in return, he provided a great amount of joy. It will get easier, but I get what you’re going through. I’ll have a drink for you and that good boy.


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East Coast Band
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
My advice? Go rescue another.
we've adopted a couple of older dogs that we've only had a few years with and it's tough to see them go.
But, I always feel just a little better that at least I was able to help them through their last, typically more difficult years.


LSUJML
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re: Dog passed a few weeks ago.
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This is why I'm afraid of getting a dog. I just can't handle the heartbreak when they finally leave this world.


Not going to lie it hurts but the joy & memories they give you far outweighs the grief


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