Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 11-25 lbs
Leave a bone for Louis Wood (c. '89-'98)
Dogster stats for Louis Wood (c. '89-'98)
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Beer; steak; his sister, Amy; and basking in the sun.
Beer and steak.
All walks, any walk, short or long, just take me on a walk!
Doing his happy grunt.
Louis was our good boy. We were lucky to share our lives with him for just over two years. He came to us as a foster when he was about seven years old. He was adopted, but a few weeks later the bad hat that adopted him brought him back. "This dog isn't tough enough," the man complained. Hmm. I thought Louis was a pretty scrappy little dog, surviving being relinquished by several owners in his life. He'd been a dog to hold his ground when he left to live with the man, but when he was returned, he was timid, afraid.
We decided Louis needed some time to recover from whatever had happened to him at the man's house, so we planned to keep him with us for a few months before giving him another chance at a permanent home. We didn't think we could keep another dog; we had two already (Amy and Madeleine). Shortly after that, though, we noticed lumps in Louis' neck. The doctor confirmed the worst: lymphoma. In most dogs, the disease would take them in a matter of weeks, a couple months at the most. We committed to keeping him happy and comfortable for as long as we were blessed with him.
Despite his diagnosis, like the Energizer bunny Louis just kept on going. After about a year, the lumps got so big we had them removed. We knew it wouldn't cure him, but it made him more comfortable. We did it again after another year! Louis grew fond of our other dogs, particularly Amy. The two of them would bask in the sun together, their paws crossed. Very cute.
Finally, the day came when Louis went to heaven. He was fine when we went to work that morning, but when we got home, we could instantly see that something was wrong. We called the doctor and explained what was happening. The disease had spread to his brain, we were told; this would be it. We decided to give Louis a deserving send-off with one last happy family evening together; we would wait to take him to the doctor until the morning.
That night Louis had his favorites for dinner: a steak and a bowl of beer. Louis, Amy and Madeleine slept in our bed with us, everyone spooning, and Louis with his head in its usual spot on the pillow. The doctor had prescribed a sedative so Louis wouldn't be scared. It helped him sleep that night.
The next day, still sleepy from the medicine, the trip to the doctor was peaceful. When it was time, Papadog held Louis in his arms and bid him good-bye as our boy exhaled his last breath. It was a good farewell.
He was a good boy. We haven't stopped missing him, lo these many years past. (Louis Wood. 1989-1998) www.jdwood.com/dogheaven
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