I would like to pay tribute to Dabs. He was the forever brother of Brandon. Dabs, my best friend, died yesterday. His health took a rapid downturn over the past couple of days and he had frequent seizures which left him exhausted and weakened his legs. Dabs had prior hip replacement and knee plateau levelling operations as well as a disc removed from his spine. He was steadfastly adjusting to a bladder tumour and still managed to be enthusiastic about his walks.
It's very hard to deal with this loss and it's hitting dad and I hard. Pain is the word I'd use to describe the sadness. I, however, promised Dabs that I wouldn't let him have a further seizure and struggle to urinate with shaky legs. Dabs had his first seizure in September then suddenly a few weeks ago one out of the blue, another one, again the next weekend then last weekend on the Sunday..then Monday..he began epilepsy meds on Tuesday morning. Wednesday evening a further seizure...He had 2 seizures on St Patrick's Day. I got a top up of the post seizure Valium from the UCD out of hours...I wasn't happy to admit him and hoped he would get through the night safe until his vet was back on Friday. However, on Thursday night he had a further fit at 2.30 and 5.30...then another and another before his vet appointment at 11.15 yesterday morning. I promised Dabs that when the vet was re-open I would get him to see "John the vet" (Dabs loved his vet). Dabs' vet is a kind person and said that helping a dog at the end is part of his job too. He made Dabs feel at ease and talked to him so he wouldn't be frightened. Dad and I stayed with him and let him go.
Here's a photo of the boys looking out at the snow just a couple of weeks ago with the joy of dogs bursting through them. There is one from New Years Day in Bray Head. I knew I wouldn't be able to keep my sweet gift the whole year...I'm richer for having my special boy for 14 years and hope to find a time when I can look back in happiness but that can't be now..it's too raw.
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I call animals "guardians of Being," especially animals that live with humans. Because, for many humans, it's through their contact with animals they get in touch with that level of being. Eckhart Tolle