April 6th 2011 4:47 pm
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Starbright was examined at Texas A&M this afternoon, in neurology. Several tests were done to verify her reflexes, her mobility, her eyesight, etc. It has been a long day for Lila and me.
After an hour and a half of testing and evaluation, he came back and gave us the prognosis. There are several things causing Starbright's condition: Hydrocephalus, infection of the brain and possible scarring, severe neurological damage causing ataxia, abnormality with her eyes.
I was given a couple of options for Starbright, one of them being surgery and meds or only meds. Regardless, her chances of improvement are pretty much non-existant. Even if she would go through surgery, her disability is too severe and I found out from the neurologist that she was having severe pain in her neck. The nerve damage is extensive. With everything that was explained today, I could not stand to put her through more pain and she would not even be have a good quality of life at the end of all that suffering.
After talking with the neurologist, I made the decision to let her go to the best home she can ever have: At the Bridge with our Creator.
This afternoon, my little baby girl, Starbright, gently went to sleep forever in my arms. I made sure to tell her how much I love her and I have been so happy to have her in my life, even for a short time. She was and will always be an inspiration, my very own shining star in the sky. Needless to say, tonight I am completely heartbroken. She will always hold a special place in my heart along with Silky, Sheree, Ducky, Pepper and all the ones I have lost. I will always remember her doggie kisses in my neck and on my hands when I wrapped in a fuzzy blanket and snuggled her until she fell asleep, her little tail wagging when she would see me. Most importantly, I will remember her perseverance and determination.
I thank all of you who prayed, donated, supported, cheered for her and simply cared...from the bottom of my heart. It is appreciated more than words can express.
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Starbright had your love, and in return gave you love. Special pups leave big impressions upon our heart and you will carry Starbright in your heart forever. Many hugs to you and making the toughest decision we have to face. Our Creator has her in his hands now and she is free of pain. Starbright will shower angel love down upon you for all that you have done for her.
Much love to you.
xoxo ~ Checkers
My heart goes out to you! Bless you for giving these pups love during their short time on earth. I am still crying after reading your story. I lost my schnauzer to cancer, and I got to have her for 11 wonderful years. With the loss of the siblings also is it the breed that is high risk? They are so adorable, I was considering a Schnorkie (schnauzer/yorkie) but I wonder of the health of these little bundles of love. I couldn't bear the loss!