|Barked: Sun Apr 3, '11 12:07am PST |
|My sweet, sweet girl is 16 years old. I've been so blessed to have her with me for so long. I was a 19 year old college student when I adopted her from the Humane Society and she was about 1 year old, terrified after being abandoned at a kill shelter because her people were "moving."
We've been together for so long, I can't imagine my life without her. She's been amazingly healthy, too. Unfortunately, age has finally caught up with her. She's been deaf for the last year and is going blind. She has severe arthritis. She's gone downhill very, very quickly over the past couple of weeks.
She is still eating (actually eating more) but was down 25% of her weight over the past 3 months (weight check at the vet's office 3 weeks ago). There are so many things she cannot do physically (can't sit, has trouble laying down, getting up, can no longer wag her tail, can't climb stair or get into the car).
She is struggling. I've been in a bit of denial; she was doing okay for so long and then suddenly over the past week or so, she's not doing very well at all.
I left a (very tearful) voicemail for the vet today, asking her to call me to talk about helping Sophie to the bridge. My heart is breaking but I don't want her to suffer. I've tried so hard to keep her life comfortable and peaceful in her golden years. It's just so hard to believe that the time may be here to say goodbye. Unless things improve or the vet has any ideas about increasing her arthritis medicine, I think this may be Sophie's last week here with me. It's so hard.
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