May 26th 2007 8:08 pm
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Gabriella lost her battle with Wobblers & Spondylosis on October 20, 2006. It was and still one of the worst days of my life.
Gabby was a true blessing from God, in fact her name Gabriella is from Gabriel which meand of God.
She was born on November 23, 2001. The first day I saw her was 11/24/01, the day after she was born. I would go once a week to the breeder to see my baby girl until I could finally bring her home. Each time Iwould go to visit, her big brother would bark at me in his little puppy bark. If I hadn't had Diesel I think I would have taken him too, he was so darn adorable! Gabby finally took the trip home with me at 5 weeks old. That first night I fell asleep with her in my arms. To feel her little heart beat and those little puppy bites and kisses were like magic to me.
Gabriella was a show dog. She was Natural all the way... dew claws and whiskers. Her gait was like Marilyn Monroe walking down the street, she could stop traffic. She hated to be stacked and now that I know she had wobblers it makes all the sense in the world. I handled her for a while, but we were like oil & water in the ring. She was in the ring in Richmond with her handler and the judge asked me leave the area. The Judge, Lester Mapes approached me after and told me that Gabby had Mommy-Itis and that as long as I am around the ring, she will not be able to concentrate. He said she was one of the most beautiful movers her had ever had the pleasure to see.
I had her OFA'd and her eyes cerft. We moved to Seattle for my work, and I had planned on breeding her, but the timing just wasn't right. We moved back to Richmond and when we got back, she had developed a limp. My Vet and I thought she had a little sprang. The little sprang never left, and after some test we still didn't know. Then one morning I saw her paw curl under and I just knew that it was wobblers. That morning I took her in, and my Vet set up a series of X-rays. A few hours later, I got the call that broke my heart. Yes, Gabby did have Wobblers and in addition, she had Spondylosis. Now, if she had just one or the other a surgery could be performed, but with both, it is not a good thing.
The only chance my beloved Princess Gabby had was with Dr. Regina Schwabe and PAWS. The drive was about was between 1-1/2 - 2 hours each way. I would have driven 10 hours each way if there was a chance for my girl to be without pain. The treatments worked for a while, and I was so hopeful. She wasn't able to run, but she could go on little walks around the yard and she could lay her gorgeous head right next to me every night. It was so difficult to watch my beautiful girl who could run, jump, and play and now she could barely walk. Tears just flow thinking about it. Both of my Vets told me that when Gabby had enough, she would tell me and she did. She looked me in the eyes that Wednesday afternoon when we were laying in the grass and I knew it. Friday we took our last car ride and I layed in the back of the explorer with her and rubbed her ears and neck and we listed to our favorite CD as we were driven to the vets office. Once inside the clinic we layed together for the last time... Our heads were on the pillow nose to nose... I kept kissing her face and thanking her for being my baby... for teaching me how to love and how to be patient and how to be a better person. I held her as she took her last breath, and I have much peace knowing that I was the last person/thing she saw before she left this place.
I have had other pets, all have been special; but Gabriella was my once in a lifetime. Words can't explain the bond that we shared... the memories I carry in my heart help me.
Gabriella, you will be in my heart & soul forever. There isn't a day or moment that passes without my thoughts of you...
Love you ~ Forever Blue ~ Your Mommy
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