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- Joined: 08 Jul 2016, 15:13
- First Name: Jill
- Location: Irvine, Scotland
Maisie was 15yrs and 5months and had never stopped looking like a puppy all her life.
Although David sometimes tormented her (in fun) mercilessly she never once snapped at him or any of our granddaughters.
She was one of Megan's second litter of pups and I spotted her for her big white muzzle / beard as soon as she emerged.
After we lost Megan to a tumour we spotted a poor little rescue dog called Bunty who was about 400 miles away from us in a rescue "barn". We loaded Maisie into the car and drove down to S Wales and back (10 hours in atrocious rain and floods) and took in the new companion for Maisie who we renamed Poppy.
For the next 8 years Poppy and Maisie were inseparable ... always competing for my attention Maisie would literally climb on top of Poppy's head if she got on to my lap first. Having two georgeous little schnauzer girls competing for my attention every minute of the day was so beautiful.
We lost Poppy about a year ago after she took a major stroke. We reckon she was about 15 yrs old so had a good life (post puppy farm)
Maisie grieved terribly for her and became a different dog.
She became much less affectionate and spent most evenings on her own on the settee.
We still had a strong bond of love and affection ... but it just wasn't the same as before.
Over the last year we could see Maisie slowing down and over the last couple of months noticed her back legs giving way quite often. Her toileting became challenging and we had to put doggie mats down on the kitchen floor. She had an "event"just over a week ago .... spinning around on the carpet eventually collapsing and when she did manage to stand had a bad lean over to her right side. Her eyes were also flickering uncontrollably and the vet said it looked like a stroke had occurred which she was unlikely to recover from. David and I suspected the worse and made a promise to each other that we wouldn't let our wee girl die a slow lingering death and that we would decide to let her go when the time was right.
That terrible moment came for us on Friday morning at 11.30.
The decision was taken in conjunction with two vets consultations and right up to the very last second David was asking the vet if we were doing the right thing by her.
The vet came to our house and I cuddled her tight and she slipped away quietly and painlessly seconds after the injection.
David just sat quietly at our side and afterwards I cuddled my wee girl for a couple of hours before I could bear to put her down and wrapped her in her favourite blanket.
The pain in my heart is terrible and I can't stop seeing her beautiful puppy face in my head.
I wish she could have stayed with us a bit longer ...................
Jilly & David
Megan .. P&S mini .. Re homed 1998 .. 1996/2007 .. 11 years old
Poppy .. P&S mini .. Rescued 2008 .. 2001/2016 .. About 15 years old?
Maisie .. P&S mini .. Megan's puppy .. 2002/Sept 2017 .. 15years 5months
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- Joined: 28 Sep 2008, 20:28
- First Name: Christine
- Dog #1: Suzi (RIP) 13/4/17
- is a: P/S Mini Bitch
- Born: 15 May 2004
- Dog #2: Gino/Siglette Shadow
- is a: P/S Mini Dog
- Born: 09 May 2017
- Location: East Kilbride, Scotland
We decided to have another this time a boy his name is Gino, he is 19 wks. He'll never replace Suzi but he is easing the pain and he wil be loved & spoiled as he is filling the gap & keeping us busy, this little boy is special as we feel he was meant for us as he is so good
Thinking about you & sending you big hugs xx
Suzi (15/5/04---13/4/17) (Sugarbabe) RIP loved you to the moon & back, miss you so so much precious girl
- Posts: 162
- Joined: 25 Aug 2013, 12:16
- First Name: Barbara
- Dog #1: Billy
- is a: P/S Mini Dog
- Born: 08 Oct 2012
- is a: P/S Mini Dog
- Location: South Yorkshire
Losing them is the price we have to pay but well worth it.
- Posts: 21
- Joined: 10 Jan 2011, 15:01
- Location: Western Australia
My heart is breaking for you, reading your post at work and people must wonder why I'm having a few tears. We all understand how important these little souls are to us so feel your pain.
Hope you're OK.
Hugs from Australia.
Pip ~ Salt & Pepper - DOB: 14.02.2005
Gidget ~ Black & Silver - DOB: 14.02.2005