Photo Comments Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Sweetie - Sweetest to the end
Dogster stats for Sweetie - Sweetest to the end
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Tweetie, Sweetie-Peetie, Sweetie Pie
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July 8th 2000
January 1st 1998
Petting, brushing, petting, walking, petting, eating, petting
Strangers, men, going to the vet, her humans leaving her home
Her "sister" Sachi
Canned Science Diet, Beef jerky, Beef pizzles
Sit, stay, down, she stops walking and waits if her leash is dropped
My niece was working with canine rescue when they rescued Sweetie. She was 2 years old, had given birth to 8 puppies, had heartworms, sores that wouldn't heal, had lost almost all her fur, and weighed only about 28 pounds (half her current weight). She is a registered purebred but we suspect she came from a puppy mill.
We got her to be a companion for my chow/husky mix Sachi, who is the same age, but is black.
For the first year, Sweetie had to go to the vet every other week. We had to treat heartworms and starvation before we could tackle spaying her. Eventually, her health returned and so did her fur - she is actually a very light cinnamon rather than a cream as we originally thought because she had very little fur.
Sweetie will never completely recover from her early abuse. However, she has accepted us as part of her pack, and she is a happy, healthy, sweet girl. She is now an old girl with arthritis and some cataracts, but she is still just as sweet and beautiful as ever, and is always within 10 feet of me. How can anyone not return such affection?
On Valentines weekend 2011, Sweetie stopped eating so I took her to the emergency clinic. They told me that she has pancreatitis and they needed to keep her until Monday when I can pick her up and transfer her to her regular vet. On Sunday, they told me that she was not responding to treatment and X-rays showed that she might have some tumors.
On Monday, I took her to her regular vet, and he confirmed the diagnosis, so I asked him to call the veterinary surgeon who had saved my other Chow the year before. Sweetie could hardly walk to the car.
On Tuesday morning, I took Sweetie to the North Alabama Veterinary Referral Hospital where they did a CAT scan. They told me that my Sweetie has cancer in her liver, lungs, and probably everywhere else and that she has very few days left. Surgery was not an option, and they told me to take her home and love her for the time she has left.
Sweetie could no longer walk, so I carried her to the car and brought her home. I stayed with her constantly, sleeping next to her. In the middle of the night, she let me know that she needed to go outside, so I carried her to the backyard and laid her down. Her diarrhea was black, telling me that she had internal bleeding. I cleaned her up, moved her, and stayed outside with her - she always loved being outside. My other dog Sachi and I stayed with Sweetie and we watched the sun come up. I then went inside to call the vet to make arrangements to take her in to release her from her pain.
Sweetie died at 9 AM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. It was the worst Valentine we ever had.
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