Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Killie

Last week I took a trip to the other side of the earth:  Perth, Australia.  It was amazing.  But that's a post for another day.  The day after I arrived, I got a phone call at 3 am from my brother, telling me my little dog, Killer, a 13 year old perfectly healthy dachshund was hunched up.  He got better during the day and we decided to wait til Monday for a visit to our regular vet.  The diagnosis was discopondolitis or arthritis - I can't remember exactly.  Meds were involved and Killer improved and was his old self until Wednesday when he had another "attack" - hunching up and not moving, plus lack of appetite.  Another trip to the vet resulted in more steroids and pain killers. 
My business trip involved several presentations and getting to know my co-workers that I support in our Perth office.  I also planned to stop in Sydney for four days of R&R and fly home on Tuesday.  I had booked a nice apartment through Home Away - on top of the Swissotel. Qantas has a route from Dallas (which is 45 minute flight from Houston) to Sydney (16 hours) and 5 hours to Perth.  Throw in a couple hours of downtime and its basically 24 hours.  I decided to cancel the Sydney leg and return home on Saturday. 
 
Anyway, those are just details.  At home (waking in Perth at 3 am and arriving in Houston at 5 pm  the same day!) I found a doggie that was like a stranger - more interested in sniffing my bags than saying hello.  Sunday morning he was his usual self and my heart lept.  But there was a seizure on Sunday and Monday morning, I knew it was time.  We sat in the special room at the vet for  a while - they were super busy so Killer and I  spent some time, first on the table, then walking around then finally he curled up in my lap on a towel and just rested.  This dog was the kindest and fiercest protector but so gentle with kids. He started life with my husband but quickly became "my dog". He loved to swim. Some folks claimed he was a humper. He loved to sleep right up next to you and many nights he pushed me to the edge of the bed.  He was stubborn.  And I still can't believe he's gone. The house feels empty and void of his presence. It's shocking. He was such a protector - even at 11 pounds, he thought he was the killer dog. He wasn't afraid of the Akita next door. I am so glad he had a good life with me and I could hold him when he left. And I cannot wait to see him again on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

 

6 comments:

Debby Schuh said...

I'm crying for you. I'm glad he had such a good life with you and that you had such a sweet companion. I'll be praying for you and wish I could give you a big hug!

margie said...

Lovely tribute yo you furbaby! Big hugs, Margie

Rich said...

thanks for your beautiful tribute. as you know, i will miss him a lot too.

Lisa said...

Oh Peggy. My heart breaks for you. You did the most compassionate thing for your sweet baby and I know that is a painful decision to have to make.
These little angels come into our lives and make such a huge impression. They give us such love and happiness.
I know you will miss him so much and I hope that soon you will be able to remember him with a smile on your face.
I'm so sorry..

Linda said...

I am soooo sorry. I know very well what a loss this is.... and it will take a long time to get over. But you know he felt your love and you blessed each other greatly. I'm sorry....

Lisa Fenwick said...

Im so sorry for your loss. I still cry when I remember my Miller dog. They truly do become a member of your family! He was blessed to have you and you him.