Likes: Our family, bones, licking brother's hands once he is back home, long walks with a lot of kids admiring him, waving at him and telling their parents about him as they walk along, other doggies coming along with him as he goes for a walk
Pet-Peeves: Vets, shots, loud noises, oxen (may be because they are massive), thunder, rain, wet roads
Favorite Toy: Hates all toys and dolls, treats all such as his enemies and rivals, loves ball - not to play, but to chew up, can puncture balls in less than a minute
Favorite Walk: Playground nearby, a shopping arcade round the corner
Best Tricks: once mom says "bath?", hides himself; eating bananas and mangoes after peeling them off completely; hunts lizards, rats; chases ants, flies, squirrels
Bio: He came to us as a 2-week old pup, innocent, squeeky and scared of kittens, used to be with mom all the time, sleep next to her. First time he was taken for a walk, got scared that we are shunning him away. Once he knew we would always bring him back with us after he does his 'business', he started loving walks like anything.
Today - May 26, 2012 - Gucci was helped to go to heaven. he was suffering from cataract, arthritis, loss of sense of smell and loss of hearing. when he fractured his hind leg last week, the vet felt it was time to stop the suffering. he is very much loved and will always be remembered. my furry, four legged brother Gucci - rest in peace, i love you
Gucci, I think of you everyday!! I do admit, I do not cry as much as before, but still it hurts to think that I cant play with you anymore. But, thank God, there is dogster where I feel you still live and play with your friends here and in heaven! It is extremely joyful when my daughter looks at your photo and says "Poochi thotho"! She is so lucky that she met you even so only for a little over a year. I strongly believe that your spirit still lives with us.
I feel bad that I stayed away from you after my daughter was born for more than one reason. You were not in the best of your health and you were quite irritable because of loss of your fur and I did not want to irritate you in anyway and I did not want anyone to point an accusing finger at you that you passed some infection on to my daughter. I can never forgive myself for not being with you till the end. I hope you would find it in you to forgive me - for all the mistakes that I committed - please forgive me. Thinking back, I feel that I might have not been very considerate of your feelings in the last year of your life, but trust me, it was not intentional. I love you Gucci. The bond that we shared can never be with any other furry one - not even Coffee or any one dog. I have always loved you but I am not sure if I told you so. Let me tell you now - I love you and I have always loved you - with all my heart.
FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND
You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.
Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.
(c) Karen Clouston
yes, we did. we cut the leash and let him run - as a puppy again; as a healthy dog that he once was; to make him happy and to get rid of his pain and suffering.
it has been more than 1 month but it still hurts. it always will.
but, looking at the video that was made in the morning on May 26, 2012, i realise how much physically painful it was for him.
if only he could talk and would talk to me now - whether he was happy with us and whether he was happy that we made that final decision about him.
Gucci passed on yesterday (May 26, 2012 Saturday) after bringing us uncountable moments of joy, love, peace and sheer amusement over the last 13 years. He hadn't been feeling well for over a year now. He had developed cataract on both eyes, had difficulty walking and hearing, and had lost most of his beautiful golden coat to an infection. Last week he had fractured his hind leg after being knocked down by a speeding car, and was limping around on 3 legs. He was in pain. The vet recommended it was time to say goodbye to him, and we did, with mixed feelings. We will forever question if we sent him away too soon, sent him away before it was his time. What we are certain of, however, is that he was much loved, and will be sorely missed, more than we can ever put in words. We are also certain that Gucci's Dogster friends absolutely loved him. We want to thank everyone who sent love, warmth and treats his way. You made his life and ours joyful. We have loved having you as part of our lives. It may be a while before we connect again. Until then, we send lots of love and hugs to you and your four-legged babies.