April 14th 2013 10:43 pm
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Bitsy had many more adventures after the ones she "wrote" here. There were more vacations, more hair cuts. We had big parties where she loved all the attention. We had another baby. We moved. Bitsy made new doggie friends and continued friendships with old ones. Life was full and busy.
Eventually, though, her energy dwindled. She had surgery to remove a cyst and then had an eye problem. It seemed to cause a downward spiral in her health. Last week she stopped eating. She refused things that she normally loved and threw up even water which sent up red flags for me... although I tried to ignore what my gut was telling me. As a mom, you are acute to the slightest cough of your child. But I admit, in this situation I was in denial. I took her to the vet thinking, "Oh, she has a tummy bug. She'll be fine." But her breathing was labored. She was weak and lethargic. And I knew, deep down that it was nothing good.
She had cancer. She had a mass on her heart and it had spread into her lungs. I cry as I type this... it still doesn't seem real.
Bitsy was such a wonderful dog. She pranced and bounced when she walked. All the pictures I have of her she's smiling (even in the ones she reluctantly posed in like the angel wing shot). She was great and patient with the kids, even in the end. The vet said she was the sweetest Eskies he had ever met. Never growled in aggression or nipped; couldn't even show her teeth. I look at pictures now of other dogs thinking that maybe another will fill this void I feel but none of them will ever take her place. She was one of a kind and I'm thankful that I had nearly ten years with her.
So this is our last entry. I am sad that there are no more opportunities to picture what goes on in her head. But I hope that she is sitting at Rainbow Bridge, looking over her Dogdom, waiting for me.
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