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Pippi is at the Rainbow Bridge

Jun 29th, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

We had to let Pippi go on June 18th.  This was completely unexpected and a total shock to us.  Pip has been fairly healthy given her somewhat rough start.  She was in a “rescue” in Texas that was letting her have puppies and we were unable to get them to release her to our organization for quite some time.  Eventually, we sent someone down to do an adoption to get her out and by then she had heartworms.  She was flown up to our area, went through the heartworm treatment, which in itself is a very risky treatment and was eventually adopted out through the organization (she was not fostered by us originally).

Her adoption fell through a few months later and she was returned to the organization, so we were asked to foster her temporarily.    When time came to move her, I told the rescue chair (who was my friend) that she was going to have to be the one that pried Pippi from John’s cold dead hands because I was not going to get in the middle of that 😉  She decided that Pippi had already found her forever home.    It turned out to be a good decision because Pip started having seizures soon after that, though they never got bad enough to need medication.

So Pip had been very healthy for the 8 years we have had her and we have only had her in for 1 non-routine vet visit (a slab fracture of a tooth which abcessed, which likely happened before we got her because I don’t allow the kinds of chew items that would normally cause a slab fracture.  It can also be from chewing rocks, but she never did that here either).     Saturday, she was a bit “off,”  nothing really big, but John was off and wanted to take her to the vet.  Our regular vet was off, so was our back up vet and our back up, back up vet.   The girls at reception were nice enough to give us an “urgent care” appt. which is $40 cheaper than the emergency walk in fee, but we did not get the vet we were supposed to, which was a bit annoying.  We got the ONE vet at our practice that I am not fond of.

I figured that Pip had hurt her back because her tail was down and she wasn’t too interested in moving around, but she was still eating/drinking and generally acting fairly like herself.   She was trying to follow John around, but you could tell she wanted him to just stay put so she didn’t have to move a whole lot.   Everything looked like “back” to me.  I figured it would be a metacam script and 2 weeks of crate rest (which we have been through with various dogs before).

What is was, was multi-system organ failure 🙁    The prognosis was not very hopeful and at that point Pip was not suffering so we decided it was better to let her go before it got bad.   We just lost Cajun in February to heart issues (one of the systems that was failing) and watching him slowly die was horrible for us and I’m sure it was no picnic for him, either.

We got her a memorial stone from Adirondack Stone Works, like we have with everyone else.  They really do such nice work and they ship the stones out very quickly.

We got her remains back in a lovely wooden box with her name on the side.

Our vet did the paw print thing again.  Pip’s is a bit different than Cajun’s was.   They did both her front feet and she got different charms on her’s.  It’s nice that they seem to put some thought into them when they make them.   Pip’s was also in a little pink net bag for storage.

RIP PIPPI

9/1/99 – 6/18/11


You will be missed!

Cajun’s Memorial

Feb 23rd, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

We got Cajun’s memorial stone from the same place we have gotten Ruthie’s, Zach’s and Otter’s.  Adirondack Stone Works

Our vet clinic also did something different for us this time that we have not had done before, but I really appreciated it.    When you board your dog/cat you have the option to sign them up for “arts and crafts.”   The thought of this was so funny to me, so even though we have never boarded any of our guys I asked what that was and was told you could get a paw print made and stuff like that.   So when John went to pick up Cajun’s ashes, they always had done a paw print of him for us.

You can’t tell in the picture, but the words on the dog house are “good dog.”    This turned out to be kind of funny and have special meaning for us.   We got Cajun and another foster on the same day.   The other foster was…difficult and Cajun was a very easy going dog, so I took to calling him the good dog (as opposed to the nono bad dog)  and it stuck so pretty soon he became Cajun Good Dog.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Cajun.  It looks like it’s sideways, but it’s actually the right way. He was sitting directly below my chair and I called his name and when he looked up I snapped the shot and got this one.

I miss him so much 🙁

Otter Memorial

Oct 1st, 2008 Posted in Cats | no comment »

Yesterday, when we had the kittens at the vet we were able to pick up Otter’s ashes.   I have never had a pet cremated before so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when they returned the ashes.

I have to say that I am impressed with the way this very sensitive matter is handled, at least by our vet hospital.

The ashes were returned in a very nice decorative wooden box and also there is a nice little certificate that certifies that they are returning your pets ashes and it has her name and date and our names on it.  They also include a little engraved nameplate that you can stick on the box.

We also received her memorial stone on Monday and John put it out in the yard yesterday with Zach and Ruthie.

Zach Memorial

Sep 25th, 2008 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

We have not received Zach’s ashes back yet, but the memorial stone I ordered did arrive yesterday.   I ordered his stone (and one for Otter) from the same place I got Ruthie’s stone 2 years ago.

They do really nice work and are very quick.  The stones look very nice and they are a lovely reminder of those we have lost when we are out in the yard.