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Old 12-06-2012, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Almost three years ago we adopted my sweet angel Winston. He was thrown away. Can you believe no one wanted him anymore? He was a senior, starved to 38 lbs. We took him home and he was very well behaved, but very aloof. He would always sleep in the room we weren't in. He would let you pet him, but didn't seem to like the contact. We thought, well, he's no problem, we'll just stick it out. I can't remember when he started following me around the house. I can't recall exactly when he started sleeping on our bed and getting as close as he possibly could. I can't exactly recall when he began raiding our laundry basket when we weren't home and sleeping with some dirty clothes of ours...but he did. I just can't recall the exact moment that he became my little mama's boy, it just seems like it always was.

This morning we helped Winston cross the bridge when he could not longer stand and showed evidence of internal bleeding. I will forever love and miss you my sweet, sweet baby.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am so sorry for your loss. . Winston is nice and healthy now and in his prime. You are an angel for bringing him in and giving him the life he deserved. All he wanted was love you were able to provide that for him. God bless you!
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh Molly! I'm sitting here at work with tears streaming down my face, mourning with you the passing of your sweet Winston. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. If I could, I'd run over there and give you the biggest hug right now.

Take comfort knowing that Winston was so very lucky to have found his way to you, to live out his twilight years in the arms of a family who cared very deeply for him. God bless you for sticking with him and giving him the space and time he needed to blossom into the sweet, beautiful Winston whose memories you will always hold close to your heart. May your memories of him bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. God bless. ♥ Rest in peace, Winston.
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Thanks guys. I just thought he had more time. He wasn't showing signs of being that sick when we found the tumor last week, just a little lethargic. Maybe it was the drugs....I don't know. I think they may have made him worse. I am feeling very guilty about giving him the prednisone. It may have been a mistake.
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Lots of hugs to you and your family. RIP Winnie, I am so happy that your remaining years were spent with those who showed you unconditional love.
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Oh Molly I'm so sorry to hear about Winston. PLEASE PLEASE dont second guess yourself and prednsione if anything would have helped him feel better even for a short time. Dogs are very stoic and can hide their sickness/pain very well, I know this from Gouda. Some cancers are very very aggressive. You wont even know the dog has cancer and when you do find out I have seen dogs pass within days of getting the diagnosis.

I wish I could give you a big hug....I know how you feel. I want to thank you for being an angel in Winstons life and taking him in and showing him love...you are an angel. It takes incredible strength and love to help a beloved companion cross over and to be free of pain. You gave Winston the last gift you could...the last act of unconditional love. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers hugs to you both. Godspeed sweet Winston, find Gouda and give her a kiss for me.
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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear the news. I was so hoping that you'd get one more holiday with him. I'm sorry that won't happen. Making this decision is one of the hardest parts of being owned by a pet, but it's also one of the best gifts that you can give them when the time comes. I know that Winston meant a great deal to you and your family and he'll always be missed. I also know that Winston knows how lucky he was to have found you. I'm sure he knew how much you loved him. Now he's up above running free from pain and watching over you.

I know what you mean about second guessing your decision. Every now and then I still second guess myself in how I treated Riley. The last drug he was put on for ARVC was Amiodorone (sp?). He was put on this drug as a last resort after he had a syncope episode at Angell Memorial and had to be admitted overnight as an emergency. He had been on several other drugs, but none seemed to do the trick. That was in Sept 2011, I had to help him to the Bridge a month later. I still wonder if that drug had something to do with it, but I'll never know for sure. Just like you'll never know for sure if the prednisone is to blame. We both did what we thought was in the best interest for our boys. We both decided out of love to treat them, we can't feel guilty about that. So, please don't beat yourself up over this. It wasn't your fault. You did what you did out of love and wanting to keep him comfortable.
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So sorry But you gave him the best years of his life and for that he loved you as you loved him. RIP Winnie
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I am so sorry. I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. Winnie had found a loving home with you & I can tell was so loved. It is so hard to let go of those you love. Take comfort in knowing that you will see Winnie again some day. RIP Winnie. (((HUGS)))
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I am SO sorry to hear this... You truly did give him the best home ever!! I have tears in my eyes reading what you wrote... he loved you so much!!

Rest in Peace, Winnie...
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