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« on: March 17, 2018, 01:38:46 PM »

My boy Willy crossed to Rainbow Bridge this morning. Age 14.5 years. I put this off for about 4 weeks, it is just so hard to let them go. Willy makes 19 times I have done this (dogs and cats), it never gets any easier. Lovely woman in the lobby of the vet office saw me and knew from my tears, and after asking permission, gave me a hug. Pet owners know this feeling, like no one else. I will see you again my Boy, my Willy Willy Dog Dog, my Willy McGillicuddy.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2018, 11:30:03 PM »

So hard to say goodbye.... My heart goes out to you.. hugs...

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2018, 09:03:46 PM »

How terrible! I know from following your posts how attached you were to Willy (as well as to his fellow bichons). You have my sincere sympathies. I know you anticipated this day would come, but that doesn't make it any easier when it does.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 08:56:09 PM »

Thank you, Susie and Craig.

This is what I wrote about my boy:

Writing to let all of Willy's friends know, he went to Rainbow Bridge yesterday.  He was 14.5 years; lived with me over 6 years.

Willy had been declining the past year.  His chronic eye issues finally meant he was blind; that was expected, and I put it off a long time by administering eye drops for the entire time he lived with me.  Willy had severe arthritis in his hips and back knees, was on Deramaxx for that for 4 years.  Recently when I took him for a walk his rear end would go down, and I would have to carry him home.  And the hardest part:  he developed doggie dementia.  Getting stuck in corners, or under the coffee table, lost in his own backyard so I would have to go out and get him, forgetting he was at his food dish to eat and wandering off.  I had to hand feed him the last 3 weeks, with his leash on, so as he wandered off I could bring him back to me.  His appetite was grand; he ate more than any of the other younger, active dogs, yet he was losing weight rapidly.  And Willy only felt safe when he was touching me.  His favorite spot was snuggled in next to me on the recliner, he would give a sigh of relief and sleep.  This meant any time he could not be with me he was whining and barking.  Shower time?  Downstairs for laundry?  Barking in a panic.  And while I don't know exactly what happened when I went out grocery shopping, he was hoarse when I returned so I am fairly confident he was barking in a panic the entire time I was gone.   It just wasn't fair for him to live like this any longer.

Willy was my challenge dog.  Smart, a problem solver, and a 'beta' dog, he was in to everything all the time.  He kept me exasperated and laughing at the same time, for the time he lived with me.  Once we discovered Agility, he was a changed doggie; Agility was fun!  AND he got treats too!  He won 3 blue ribbons in competitions.  When his arthritis meant he could no longer do the jumps, we switched to Nose Work, and Willy loved the adventure of sniffing out his own treats.  "Find it!" was his favorite command.

I learned so much having Willy in my life; no choice, I had to learn in order to live with him ha!  I will miss him, and the house was strangely quiet last evening.  He'd been whining for some weeks, so that had become the norm around here.  He is now reunited with his Poppa Nonno, and a happy healthy boy who will keep the angels busy, I'm sure!
 
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 07:35:49 AM »

Oh Sandie. I am so sorry to hear about Willy. Your love and understanding of him shows clearly in the stories you have told over the years. My heartfelt sympathy to you and yours.
Have fun at Rainbow Bridge Willy. angelwings
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2018, 12:25:42 PM »

Thank you, Pam.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2018, 07:15:42 PM »

Sandie, I am so very sorry to hear about Willie. He will always hold a special place in my heart for all of his lovable antics. I don’t know how you mend your heart over and over. I’m so sorry.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2018, 02:58:33 PM »

Thanks Chris.

Each one is unique, and special in his / her own way.  Some have huge personalities - like Willy.  I remember Dad saying once, in regards to Willy,  it's the ones with problems that hold your heart hardest, because you spend so much time working to help them. 

With Willy, as with my Dad, the dementia was so far along, the level of care required was so great, that it was a relief in many ways.

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