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Ann Ireland
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   Posted 2/4/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My dear old mongrel, Duchess, was put to sleep this afternoon. She was 15 at least but we do not know as I rescued her as a stray.
She was my life.
But in the past few days she was not well at all although this morning when I went to college she was ok.
I came back at lunchtime to feed my'girls' and Duch just collapsed at the food bowl, I carried her to the car and straight to the vet.
I had been so sick today, getting to college on time, I sat in the car for an hour and cried cos of the pain, the effort and exhaustion. I went in to try and work. I then started home but did a u-turn to the hospital to leave a note with the neuro and then came home via GP to pick up antibiotics.
And duchess was put down.
I lay beside her at the vets, crying, wondering did I give her a good 'doggy' life. A good friend was with me and the vet was wonderful.
I said my goodbyes and Mr Trayner took her off to be put to sleep and then brought her back and I cried into her soft cheeks and strokes her.
I was so ill, the chorea, dystonia and jiggs went MAD!
But I think it was a releif for duch, and I think that helped me. I HATE seeing suffering in all forms.
I am not sure how the next few days will be.
I am awful sick and awful depressed anyway.
Poor Duch, I hope there is a doggy heaven, God I hope I gave her a good life, everyone says I couldnt have given her a better one.
I wont like walking my chihuahua and not seeing my old girl with her.
Ann Ireland

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   Posted 2/4/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry. I wish I could say more to help. Get extra sleep and take care of yourself.
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   Posted 2/4/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. (((hugs)))) I know how hard it is, just remember you rescued her and gave her a great home and life. Take good care of yourself

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   Posted 2/4/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
(((Ann)))  I'm so sorry you had to put your friend Duchess down, but you obviously gave her a very good, loving life.  I'm sending prayers your way and to Duchess in doggie heaven.  Love, Butterflake 

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   Posted 2/4/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Ann ((((hugs)))),
I'm so sorry for your loss.  I know how wonderful animals are.  I"m a HUGE animal lover.  It breaks my heart to see them suffer too.  I'm so glad she had a wonderful life with you.  You saved her!  She'll be in your heart forever. 
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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   

SOooooo sorry . . . . a really big hug for you Ann.


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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   


So sorry for your loss.  You did the right thing...but I know how hard that had to be. 

It sounds like you two shared a lot of great memories.


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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Ann,

   I'm so sorry for your loss....((Hugs)). I'm sure that was awful for you since pets are family members. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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   Posted 2/4/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   

So sorry for your loss. I had to put down our dachshund a few years ago and it was so sad. I now have two chihuahuas and I have so much love and enjoyment from them. Try your best to give your chihuahua all your love for now. She will miss Duchess, too. This something you can both go through together.

Prayers to you, your chihuahua, and to Duchess in doggie heaven!
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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry to read of your loss... I have an older dog and I hate to think of this happening but I know it will...

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   Posted 2/6/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Losing a pet is like losing one of the family and that's because they are one of the family. Let yourself be sad. Give your little doggie lots of love and attention now because your little chihauhau will be missing her too. It's just a hard time so take good care of yourself so you don't get a lot worse with your illnesses.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Ann, I'm so sorry. Losing a pet is very difficult, and it's obvious you love her very much and gave her a wonderful life. I'm glad you had a friend there with you, maybe she can stay with you for the day. Get lots of rest and cuddle your little chichauhua. We will all be thinking of you.


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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   

How sad for you! I suspect Dutchess knew how lucky she was to have been rescued by you and to have spent her life being loved by you. Take care of yourself.


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   Posted 2/8/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Ann,

I am so sorry for your sadness. As I write, I cry for you but know, with absolute certainty, that dogs do go to Heaven. Revelations 5:13. I am so glad that you had Duchess for so long, my best boy, Oswald, went into God's care at age 8. And I am glad you held her, and cried into her fur. And only someone as sick as we are, can understand how that tiredness and emotional pain steals away what little energy we have. I hope, that's what God gives us, that you will look around for just the right dog, and I believe that Duchess would tell you to love another dog, too. sue

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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ann ?????

I hope you are ok . . .

How is your little chihuahua doing???

Thinking of you . . .

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