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prplhze2000
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My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.

13 years of fun ended a year ago as Louis XIV passed away at the age of 16. I know it's been a year but this was a hard loss to take and I'm just now writing about it.

He was my partner in crime, my therapist, and my boy. He survived the dreaded cavalier murmur for 7 years until a massive brain seizure forced me to make the final decision.

I bought him in Laplace in July 2008. Vet OT'ers will remember when I posted the news I got him and his pics. When I first met him, he jumped in my lap, placed both paws on my shoulders, & put his head against mine. How do you say no?

He was the most fun dog I ever had. Those little big eyes were more expressive than a person's. He never let you out of his site. Some made fun of him for being clingy but that meant I could take him anywhere I wanted without a leash. He never once ran away. I spoiled him rotten and it showed as he went from a spoiled brat to a little jerk to a little monster as no demand nor imposition was too great for him but that's what made him special.

Spoiled? He got to where he recognized the coffee shop and bank where he got his treats from the street. He could jump on the bed all day long - until you got in it. Then he would wait you out until you picked him up. I tried to outlast him. After 30 min's, I gave up. He won. Jerk.

Smart? He was still learning new tricks at 14. At the park, I would fake a throw and toss the ball the other way. It might take him 10-15 minutes to find the ball but he always did - and never searched the same area twice.

Youtube. In his prime.

The fun finally came to an end last year. April '21 was the beginning of the end. He had a massive infection and his tongue turned blue. He stayed on O2 all day but the vet wrote down "humanely euthanize him" in the chart when I picked him up. We watched the sunset and then I took him home for his last night. A friend in rescue came over. She looked at him, got a syringe, and fed him water, then milk. He began to perk up after awhile. Then smiled some. At 2 AM, he sat up next to me in the bed, smiling and panting. Ok, Operation Rescue Louis XIV was underway.

I took him back for more O2 & an IV for nutrition as the antibiotics kicked in. While he was safe there, I nabbed an O tank and mask for dogs. For the next week, I kept him under the mask for 1-2 hours a day. Finally his tongue was pink and stayed pink. The knucklehead made it but I knew we were on borrowed time. The good Lord gave us six months and I made the most of every minute.

Missing most of his teeth, he got fried catfish (cut up) on Fridays. He went with me everywhere. We always went to Pepsi Pops at the Rez so although he was weaker, he enjoyed the wagon ride. When he stopped perking up at home, I saw he still did in the car. So.. we went for at least an hour ride every day. Checked his bloodwork every few weeks.

The kidneys began to fail in October but we fought that. However, the last weekend his energy was way down and I fed & watered him w/a syringe. A massive seizure hit and I had no choice. They doped him up on benzos for awhile, giving me time to say goodbye.

I'm going to miss The Knucklehead for the rest of my life. He was the best baby and he was all that I had.



Infrared treatment when he got some arthritis in his hips. Worked like a charm and never had a problem w/it again.







Damn near lost him.



Last week. Still playing around with his bone.




Finally.

Youtube




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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
Damn man


TheWalrus
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
I don’t even like dogs and I’m touched. Sorry bud.


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Tigerbait357
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BayouBandit24
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
Sounds like a life well lived


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Spook
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
thanks for sharing. that was sweet. appeared to be a really cool lil fella.


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OWLFAN86
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
good boy


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Costanza
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
Damn. Sorry for your loss. Don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s time for a puppy.


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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
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So..did this 4 way he pulled for you happen or not?
This post was edited on 11/2 at 10:26 pm


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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
Sorry for your loss, but glad you have such great memories


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prplhze2000
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
Got another one in March. But well, he was one of a kind. I've rescued 16 cavaliers and owned three before the current one. Louis XIV was the special one. He was the one who "got me."

I remember coming home from my appendicitis. He tiptoed over to me on the bed with a real worried look on his face. The other one just went right back to playing around the house.


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MykTide
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
Sorry for your loss. My good boy is 14 and I’m dreading the day.


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DJFord
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
All dog lovers understand and unfortunately have been where you are now. It took me years to get another and I swear it’s like she’s reincarnated in my pup I have now.

You gave that beauty a wonderful life and he knew it. Don’t be afraid to rescue another. Won’t replace him but will give you unconditional love.

Peace brother.

ETA: just saw you have another. Good for you. Good for him.
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Kentucker
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
So sorry for your loss of Louis XIV. I had to let Mr. Sparky go last year, too.

Anyone who has never had a dog friend just can’t understand the unconditional love involved. There may be some human relationships that reach that level but they require lots of work.

Not with dogs. They’re pure and effortless. I’m so glad I got to experience it. I know you are, too.


ibldprplgld
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
I'm sorry for your loss; he looked like a good boy and it's obvious you gave him everything.

I know the pain, too. But trust me, it subsides and in time, you'll be able to get another pup. It'll be different, but you'll love the new one just as much as you did Louis.


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tigerinthebueche
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
You gave your best friend a great life and a dignified, peaceful send off when it was time. If only we were all granted such treatment.

Job well done OP. Don’t let your grief cast a shadow over such a special relationship. Nothing will ever take it away from you.


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roobedoo
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
I hear you!


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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
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Louis XIV


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SquatchDawg
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
I’m sure there are a bunch of tough baws in this thread but we understand the love of a good dog. RIP little fellow.


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Meauxjeaux
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re: My dog passed a year ago, can finally write about it.
He looks so happy here. What a life you two had together.



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