Facing the Inevitable

22 Dec

We came downstairs Saturday morning to find Blazer panting on the kitchen floor. He hadn’t eaten for the last two days, and then he’d had diarrhea and vomiting. Bless his poor soul, he’d managed to drag himself into the kitchen – the worst of the mess was near the door – but it was a mess and so was he.

While I tried to clean the poor puppy, The Squire called the vet, and made an appointment for 11:30. I had to get The Squire to help me lift Blazer into the car, and I drove up to Fallston while he cleaned the kitchen and ran the carpet scrubber over one place in the dining room.

The vet had folded a velour blanket into quarters and spread it on the floor and I patted Blazer down onto it. They gave him a shot of Doggy Demerol and once he was drifting comfortably they injected the morphine, so he was never in pain or frightened. The technician and I both wept over him, and she asked if I’d like to have a plaster paw print. I joked that this would be the only time they’d be able to fiddle with his feet, so they might as well take advantage of it. She said when we’d last boarded him, I’d asked them to trim his nails, and it had taken four of them to do it. I had warned them that was a two valium job: one for the dog and one for the tech. “We didn’t believe you, until we started the procedure.”

We both miss that dear puppy but we know we did the right thing. I will go up one day after Christmas to collect his ashes, and come warmer weather we will put him beside the pond with our other dogs.

Goodnight, sweet prince.

6 Responses to “Facing the Inevitable”

  1. Mary Saffa December 22, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

    Dear Dani and Jim, I am sorry for your loss. At the end I think we have to be their voice. Good byes can be hard. Love always.

  2. tiggerlyss December 22, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

    I am sorry that you had to say goodbye. He was such a wonderful dog.

    • Dani December 22, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

      Thanks! He really was a sweetheart.

  3. Lucie December 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

    Aw…..I can so relate to that pain of losing one of our fur babies. I had to walk out of the room when Boo Boo was put down. I am so sorry for your loss……

    • thisendoftheswamp December 27, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

      Oh, Lucy, that is so sad. I was astounded that they sent us flowers, but somehow I thought they did that for everybody.

  4. Garfield Hug January 15, 2021 at 10:03 am #

    Sorry to be playing catch up and deeply saddened by the loss of Blazer. Rest in Peace Blazer.

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