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Saturday, June 28, 2014

R.I.P. Rex

Those of you who were reading this blog back in 2009 will have seen that Rex joined us from a rescue centre after our previous German Shepherd had to be put down.

Now, I am afraid it has been his turn. In March he complained of a back problem, which was cured by anti inflammatory pills from the vet. However, this returned recently. Then, last week, his back legs gave way and he could no longer walk - just pulling himself along with the front legs.

The vet diagnosed degenerative myelopathy, akin to MS in humans. It is incurable, so I had his life ended there and then. He was only 8 years old.

We have had dogs in our lives since 1960, but I wonder if we shall ever get another. At my age (75) would it be fair on a dog to gain and then lose a master after a comparatively short time?

Answers on a postcard (as they say) please.


Anonymous said...

I have just had the honour of adopting a wonderful 6 year old sausage dog after an old couple could no longer keep her. She has been a delight and adjusted very quickly to her new environment.
Animals bring so much joy. I would encourage you to give a home to another pet as I understand a young dog/puppy may not be the best for this stage of life. Blessings as you make a decision.

The Crow said...

I am so sorry you have lost your friend and companion. I understand how it hurts to lose a dog buddy.

Perhaps if you adopted an elderly dog from the rescue? Those are the ones that frequently end up living out the remainder of their days there, when they still have so much to give.

But, maybe today is too soon to consider bringing another friend into your home, your hearts.

Again, I am so sorry for your loss, and that you had to make that painful decision. I hope you find comfort in all the good memories you have of your time with Rex.


Tom said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. We may well be facing the same very soon. With that event imminent, it is impossible for me to offer advice, but that suggested by "The Crow" might well be the best solution.

pohanginapete said...

I'm sorry, Avus. I'm sure Rex had enjoyed a wonderful quality of life during the time he spent with you.

I like The Crow's suggestion of adopting an elderly dog, although you're likely to have to go through the same sadness again. 75 isn't old.

Avus said...

Thanks for your advice and condolences, folks. It is early days yet for another dog, but we shall see what transpires.

Blessings upon you! ("75 isn't old"). But I bet you say that to all the girls!

Doohickie said...

Sorry for your loss. Dogs are such great companions, but the ending is always hard to take.

Give pets a break. Maybe forever. Or, as in our case, just until the right pet finds you.

Rex can't be replaced, but you may feel the need to help another soul in this life. And anyone who says dogs don't have souls has never really gotten to know a dog.

Lucy said...

So sorry to hear about Rex, I remember when he arrived.

No advice really, I understand not wanting to face the heartbreak again. But I'm sure you'll make the right decision when the time comes.

Avus said...

A voice from the past! Good to hear from you, even in these circumstances. I hope you are still cycling regularly?

Thanks. From what Tom has told me and I have read on your blog, I know how you feel about dogs.

valonia said...

Gandalf, I'm sorry to read of your loss - I guess a soul loved can never truly be lost though.
In time another four-footed friend may be in need of your love and care, just as Rex was. Or perhaps fostering a furry would be something to consider instead?
My thoughts are with you and Lolly sends some comforting purrs.

Avus said...

Thanks for your thoughts (both you and Lolly!)

Good to hear from you.

Isabelle said...

Oh dear, so sorry. We had to have our 6 year old cat put down recently and it's horrendous. Much sympathy.

And no, 75 isn't old. Certainly you seem like a very young 75!

Roderick Robinson said...

Sorry about the delay. From the way you wrote it I assume there's only one positive thing to emerge: there was no dilemma for you, what had to be done had to be done. Eventually there may be some comfort in this. George, VR's ginger cat, was 18 when I took him to to the vet for the last time: a shambling mess compared with the sleek hunter he had been in his prime. I experienced no inner voice saying "Let him live." Only the sad need to draw a veil.

Avus said...

Thank you - I try to put a good face to the world!

As you say - I knew what had to be done and did it. He was our 5th dog and all previous had, eventually, to be put down, so I am well versed. That still did not dispel the feelings of regret and loss for such a beautiful, loyal beast.

Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

Sad to hear, , Avus.

Avus said...

Thanks - good to hear from you again.