Kennedy's momma Posted March 28, 2015 Report Share Posted March 28, 2015 I lost Kennedy, my precious Yorkie, on March 3. She was rescued from a puppy mill in 2009, and I adopted her a few months later. Although the mill said she was four at that time, she may have been several years older. Our vet wasn't sure until close to the end when he said she must be 12 or 13. She'd had congestive heart failure for the past two years. Last fall, her kidney function started to fail so the vet put her on Omega 3 and tests her blood every three months. She was also losing her eyesight. I was uneasy because I hated to think of losing her. She was with me through several major losses. I called her "my angel on four paws." With her, I never felt alone. Then, she got sick toward the end of February. The vet put her on an antibiotic; she got better for a few days but then became listless. On March 2, we saw the vet. He did blood work and she was in renal failure. He gave her 2 weeks to possibly 2 months, although he felt 2 months was optimistic. I desperately wanted to be optimistic, too! He was afraid to do the subcutaneous fluids because of her heart failure and possibility of overwhelming her lungs with fluid, but we tried another antibiotic and I brought her home. Late the next day, she started having trouble breathing. I had the sick sensation that it was near the end so I called a friend and neighbor to take us to the vet. When we got there, the vet was shocked because Kennedy's lungs were filled with fluid when they'd been clear only 24 hours earlier. Her lungs, heart and kidneys all seemed to be shutting down so I had to make the difficult decision to let her go. I don't doubt that I did the right thing, but I am lost without her. My friends and co-workers have been very kind and supportive, I feel lost without her. Instead of being my angel on four paws, she is my angel princess in Heaven with the rest of the family. I've had many other dogs, loved them all, and grieved for their passings--but the loss of Kennedy seems worst of all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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