January 1st 2008 7:20 pm
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It's been one week now since my little sweet Elci died. It still bothers me so much. I miss the smell of you Elci. You always smelled so good, and I miss the smell of your "frito" feet. Here's how it happened.
It was Christmas night (2007), and my parents were just leaving to go home. We had just finished eating dinner and opening presents. My parents were leaving out the front door, and Elci ran out. I think she thought she was going to go bye-bye with my parents. In fact, I saw her run up to their car. They did not see her. Anyway, I called her and called her, and could not even see her because it was dark. I walked back in the house thinking she would follow me or at least be at the door within the next few minutes. I was exhausted from all the cooking, cleaning, etc. I had just sat down, and low and behold, we heard a dog yelping out in the front of the house in the street. My parents later told me that they were waiting at the stop sign of our court to come onto our main street and go home when they saw a car approaching them. The car passed by them, and the next thing we and they knew, Elci was out in the street yelping. The person driving this car did NOT even stop to see how Elci was or to see who she belonged to. This still bothers me so much, and it always will. Anyway, we all rushed out to help Elci, and she could not walk. Me and my daughters were hysterical. I love Christmas, but I remember taking a wooden Santa Claus on the way out the door, and I threw it against the wall in a fit of rage. We thought maybe her leg or hip was broken. Well, we rushed her to the ER, and thank God they were open since it was Christmas night. They came out right away and got her and brought her in for x-rays. They gave her the most pain meds that they could without harming her. She was still in so much pain. Me and my daughters were beside our selves. We were too in so much pain for Elci's sake. The next thing we knew, the receptionist asked us to wait in this special room, and the doctor would be right in. Well, we heard the news that we were regretting. The doctor said that he had bad news for us. Elci's back had been broken, and he showed us x-rays, which I briefly saw. I did NOT want to hear this bad news. She was the best, sweetest doggie that I've ever had! I think it was because she had lab in her. Me and my daughters just fell apart after we heard this. The doctor kept talking, and I couldn't even tell you everything that he said. I felt like I was living a nightmare. In fact, I still do. He did say that they could not help her there. I asked him what other options we had. He said that we could drive her 1-1/2 hours to the vet clinic at Mizzou. It would cost us approximately $2,000 plus he did not even know if they would be able to help her. I believe Elci was already paralyzed too. It was just such a terrible tragic event. One that I will never forget in my entire life. I had to make the decision whether to drive her for 1-1/2 hours in pain or have her put to sleep. I chose the later because I did not want to see her suffer any more. She was just the sweetest girl, and did not deserve to be in all of this pain. My oldest daughter left because she was getting sick to her stomach. My youngest daughter called her for her to gather all of Elci's Christmas toys and bones and to bring them up to the hospital for us to have them cremated with her. She did get to enjoy a few of her toys and bones, but not all of them. Elci had been on special dog food the last year or so due to crystals in her urine, so we were never able to feed her the rawhide bones that she loved before she was put on this diet, but we did buy her a few for Christmas, and did let her have them that day because it was a special day for her and us, and I am so happy now that we did that for her.
Elci, I keep going over and over in my head as to why I didn't grab my car keys right away and coax you to my car. It all happened it just a matter of a few minutes. I wish I would of stayed outside just a couple of minutes later to find you and get you back in our house safely. Everytime Momma has to back out of the driveway Elci, I think of you because that's right where you were injured. I cannot believe someone could hit a dog, and I know they had to hear her yelping, and they just drove off. How cruel has this world become???
Elci I miss you so bad. You helped me cope with Cocoa's death, which was just in May 2006. I cannot believe that I am now trying to cope with your death.
I did rescue your momma and all of your siblings from that animal shelter, so at least you did get to live 1 year and 8 months, and boy did you have a wonderful life with momma, Kati, Aiden, and Jen. Momma took you bye-bye all the time, took you on walks, took you down to Barb's to meet her doggies, took you to Pets Mart, and lots of other places. You were my special girl. We all miss you so bad. Aiden (my grandson) keeps saying, "Elci got hurt. Bad man." He knows that Elci is no longer here. She was just soooooooo good with him! I thought that they could grow up together.
Now Momma needs to find her a doggie just like you, so that doggie can help me cope with your death, and can kiss my tears away.
We took tons of pictures of you on Christmas and very good videos too. I cannot bring myself to upload my pics off my camera yet, but I promise I will do this one day for you, and I will put them on your dogster page, so everyone can enjoy looking at them.
Momma cannot wait to meet you at the rainbow bridge Elci with Cocoa too. Right after you passed away, I looked up in the sky and told Cocoa that she better be good to you. She was always so jealous of other doggies, but I'm sure she will treat you special Elci because she knows that Momma loved you dearly!
Until we meet Elci, kisses and hugs to you, my little fur baby angel!
September 14th 2006 6:53 pm
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Elci will now be 5 months old tomorrow. She is a wonderful doggie. We purchased new carpeting throughout our whole house about 2 months ago, and she has only had one accident the whole time. She is a very sweet, playful pup. And she is so beautiful. She just recently discovered her own bark, but she still doesn't bark that much. She is going through a fearful stage now, but she seems to be getting over it a little. She loves to give lots of kisses, and still bites a little. Over the last several weeks, I have found about 4 of her baby teeth that have fallen out. She tries to pick them up and eat them, but I grab them and put them safely away for a keepsake.
Stay tuned for more updates.
June 13th 2006 7:01 pm
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I found out today that Elci gets spayed and microchipped on Friday, and I'll be able to pick her up after her surgery and bring her home!!! I can't wait to get her home and kiss her little pink nose and pet her. Just to have a doggie in the house again will sure be a wonderful feeling. I still miss Cocoa so bad, and Elci will not be her replacement, but she will be my new little girl, who I will love very, very much.