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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Another sad day for me

We had a very difficult decision to make at 4am today. My 16 year old Bichon who has always had clicky hips and subluxating patellas, and suffers badly from arthritis, dislocated her hips for the second time in 8 hrs, and was in severe pain that we couldn't relieve. We couldn't bear to see her in such pain, and know that even if we were able to get her through this episode she would have more bouts of such severe pain. So, we asked the vet to euthenase her. It was so very hard for us to do that, but we felt as if there was no other choice for Ellie. I held her as the vet gave her the injection, and for quite some time after. I miss her so much, and my Maltese Maddie is missing her too. Maddie has never been separated from Ellie except for brief periods of hospitalisation, and has been quiet and out of sorts all day.

I am also sad about my father. He is still most unhappy about being in the hostel, and feeling rejected and abandoned by his children. He has stopped eating, but is still drinking all fluids given to him, so I am not really worried about the not eating yet. He generally loves his food, so I'm thinking he won't maintain the hunger strike long. My sister said he showed an interest in a new hot drink vending machine that appeared in the hostel today, so that's a postitve sign. I'm still majorly out of favour, so I have stayed away today, and will also probably stay away tomorrow. One postitive thing is that he's behaving better for the staff than he is for his family.

4 comments:

stitchinfiend said...

I am so sorry about your little furbaby. They wrap themselves around you heart and it is sooo hard to let go. ((((((Hugs)))))

I hope and your Dad soon accepts his situation. It is such a difficult time for all.

Jules said...

I am so sorry for your loss. :(

As for your Dad, he will come around! :) Try to visit him as often as possible so he can get through his feelings of abandonment. Once he is more acclimated, he will probably find it more peaceful.

(((((Hugs)))))

Pamela said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad and your dog Ellie.

Your Dad will get used to his new digs, I'm sure. It takes awhile, but he will come to accept it. And he won't be mad at you any more!

It's very hard to lose a dear pet, I know. I'm sure she's in doggie heaven.

webbsway said...

OOOO, What a terrible decision to have to make . You was so very courageous and she was so lucky to have you to love.