Life's Lessons From My Cousin's Dog

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   Posted 9/12/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
We sure seem to be talking about dogs and pets a lot but they are so important in our lives and they do teach us some wonderful lessons.
My cousin bought a beautiful little bulldog for her son.  Her name was Chloe.  Chloe seemed in good health at first but around 1 1/2 years old, I believe, a heart problem was detected.  She couldn't run without getting very out of breath and her little tongue would turn blue.  The vet told my cousin that Chloe would probably die within six months.
Chloe continued to be right in the center of all the activities at home, even though she had so much trouble breathing.  She played with my cousin's son and his friends, played with the other dogs in the family, and was the greatest companion to my cousin. 
Chloe died on Friday.  We were at my cousin's home last Sunday for the Memorial Day holiday and Chloe was the first at the door to greet us.  She looked the same as she always had and she didn't miss a thing.  She had a wonderful time with all the people there and really enjoyed begging at the dinner table! 
Lessons.  Chloe struggled moment by moment.  I can't imagine what it would be like not to be able to breathe efficiently.  Chloe knew...and she just kept living her life to the very best of her ability.  She was right there when my cousin had surgery, she was one of the "doorbells" at my cousin's home, she was full of love and passed it around generously, and she was very happy in spite of her health.  Lessons.  Chloe was four years old when she died.    That, in itself, was amazing with the heart condition she had.  Can animals have positive attitudes?  Somehow I think so.  Chloe was a wonderful example of that!
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   Posted 9/12/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
What a wonderful reminder Sherrine, thanks for posting this.
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   Posted 9/12/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
That story teared me up. Little Chloe was a real trooper to the end. I know
there are days when my positivity level can use a tune up. A positive attitude
does help dealing with pain, that's something I shouldn't forget!

thanks for sharing :)

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   Posted 9/12/2010 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
What a wonderful little dog, Im so sorry she is gone.
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   Posted 9/12/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Wonderful reminder, my friend.  Our pets are the 'best medicine' in so many respects.  I'm so sorry about your cousin's dog...I'm sure the four years they were blessed to have him were the 'best'.



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   Posted 9/12/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My Chance is 14 and has always been a very happy dog. She always kept a positive attitude, was happy to see people and just plain smiles. She has slowed down some. She pants a lot, so I know life is hard on her, especially with my german shepherd pup. But she is a trooper.

Thanks Sherrine for this wonderful story. My thoughts to Chloe as he passes over Rainbow Bridge.

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   Posted 9/12/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
A beautiful reminder, Sherrine, and thank you for sharing.
We are currently foster parents to a hospice dog - a Golden Retriever, who is 3 years old, Jake. He's been with us now for 4-1/2 weeks. He went from his initial home, to a foster home, to an adopted home, to another foster home and now to us, where he will stay. Why? Because he's sick and for whatever reasons, the families wouldn't/couldn't take care of him. First they found he had a congenital heart defect and were told he would not live a full life. Then he was diagnosed with epilepsy and have been able to control the seizures. Finally, he ws diagnosed with lymphoma and because of the heart defect, he cannot have chemo, but he is on prednisone which is currently keeping his lymph nodes in check. In all the years we have had Goldens, I've never seen a sweeter, more loving boy. We certainly can learn some life lessons from our dear little friends
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   Posted 9/13/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for sharing this. It's amazing what you can pick up from animals.

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   Posted 9/13/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
What a wonderful post, and an important reminder. My heart goes out to your cousin's family. Pets can so quickly become members of our family.
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