This is a very difficult post, but I’ve decided to share what happened yesterday. This might be my last post on this blog. Thank you so much to all our readers and everyone who has commented and subscribed in the past.
Gabi was sick very early on Friday morning (vomited blood there was no food in her system) and it really didn’t look good. I decided to have to take her to the vet. It wasn’t a good start to the weekend. She looked scared when we got ready to go. Like she knew she was going to the vet. The probably didn’t know why, but she knew where she was going.
I had a short discussion with the vet and we both agreed that it was time. I decided that I would stay with my little girl until the very end. I gave her a bit of dog biscuit which she ate. The vet gave her an IV and took her to a smaller room. They put her on a blanket. I said my goodbyes. Stroking her head and holding her the whole time. Then the vet put the needle into her paw. it was over with in minutes. She lo longer Had a heart beat. I Just stood there for a while.
Then I went home.
My room seemed really empty last night. I kept expecting to see her sweet little face, especially at dinner time.
This morning I saw a picture on my friends Italian Greyhound started crying.
I MISS HER SO MUCH!
1st photo I ever took of my Gabi.
I had to make the incredibly difficult decision of putting my my best friend to sleep this morning. She threw up blood this morning. She was uncomfortable and didn’t seem to know if she wanted to sit up or lie down. Eventually, she lied back down. Mid morning I phoned the vet and took her in. I stayed with her until the very last moment. I didn’t want to take her ashes. It seems morbid. She might have had cancer. She was 13 and a half. She had a rough life before she came to live with me.
I will miss her so much. She was with me for about 7 years. She was a good girl and my best friend. I’m heartbroken.
Rest in peace my Gabi.
I haven’t been able to give Gabi a bath for weeks, because of my wrist injury. Today was a lovely, hot day so, Gabi’s grandma and grandpa gave her a bath outside on the lawn . Gabi is not a fan of baths, but she was rewarded with a piece of rice cakes (which sounds boring, but she loves them) .
We’ve been playing and cuddling a lot, but we haven’t really gone for walks recently. i’m starting to drive short distances again, so hopefully we’ll get back to our off-lead walks again soon.
Overall, for a 12 year old, Gabi seems to be in good condition. We just need a bit more exercise…
Earlier this evening, before it got dark, I took Gabi to the park along with my parents. My dad drove us there. It’s a neighbourhood play park with a tennis court. It was her first walk in weeks. There were some other small dogs. She wanted to jump into my arms a few times but I just said no (because of my fractured left wrist).
At some point two Scotties ran up to hear and she freaked out and jumped up into my arm. Likely it was on my right side and I just held her in my right arm until they left. At some point a miniature pincher ran up to us and caught me by surprise. So I said “Hey” and the owner recalled him. Gabi was a bit nervous at times, but i think she enjoyed her off-leash walk.
It seems like she hasn’t eaten that much the past day or so, but she seems okay and I think she’s still eating, so I’ll just keep an eye on her.
Gabi is sleeping under my duvet at the moment. It looks like she is smiling.
Gabi hasn’t gone for a walk in ages. I have a fractured wrist at the moment I can’t drive her to the park for off-lead walks and shes a bit scared to go out on a leash to walk ont the streets. On the streets she often wants to turn aorond ands go home when we are only two or three houses around the block If there is traffic or other dogs bark at her, she wants to go home. When another dog approaches, she jumps into my arms and I can’t handle that right now.
She’s been frustrated as well and she’s acting out a bit. Like she chewed on the wood from the kitchen cabinets skirting…. It’s making her grandma mad.
I also need to give her a bath and get her nails cut. I’ll see I’ve I can take her for grooming this week… though we normally just bath her at home so I don’t know how it will go. It’s and extra stress. I love her so much, but she’s bit of a handful right now. It hope this time will pass really quickly.
Over the December I wasn’t always at home and a lot of the time I was also working at my computer. I made a point of being here on New Years Eve to be with Gabi in case of fire works. I think she might’ve felt a bit neglected since she’s used to having me around more. She’s been chewing/eating pieces of paper. She’ll have to get used to being at home with out me more regularly though, because I really need to get a job.
She seemed to be having some digestive issues, but I dewormed her last Sunday and gave her some probiotics. She seems fully recovered from her enteritis issues from a few months ago. She is pretty lively for a dog who is almost twelve.
During the week we had two off-leash field/park walks and one on-leash walk around the block. On Friday there was someone on a tractor, cutting the field grass and it had Gabi a bit nervous, but she wasn’t too freaked out.
On Thursday I heard some rustling noises. I walked into the room, only to find Gabi standing on my desk with a sheet of paper in her mouth. So, I just firmly said “Gabi, no”.
She jumped off the desk, dropped the paper and went to hide in her bed. She has eaten some of my papers before, but thiswas the first I’m if caught her in the act. I hope she doesn’t do it again. It really isn’t good for her to eat things like that. There was food in her bowl, so it wasn’t hunger.
Overall, she is just being a super affectionate little iggy.
She still hasn’t to leave the yard yesterday. I’ll see if she wants to go for a walk around the complex, just on her lead, today.
still wearing a cone. the wounds taking a bit long to heal. i don’t want her biting off scabs or stitches.
I take to take the cone off at times, but as soon as she starts licking or scratching at wounds I put it back on. The licking itself won’t do harm and her saliva might actually help her heal, but if she starts biting or licks too hard at the scabs and they come off, it might be an issue. On Monday she scratched at the stitch under her eye, which freaked me out, but at least she didn’t seem to rip the stitch or break the skin.
There seems to be some bloodiness under her skin. Her human grandma thinks it’s probably from the cortisone-type ingredients in the ointment I’ve been applying since the operation. So since Monday night I’ve stopped applying it and keeping a close eye on it.
On Monday night we had a big thunder storm, so she was hiding in her bed under my desk and I had to stay close to her. Though she doesn’t want to be on the bed or couch with me if it’s thundering (probably to close to the windows).
I really hope we won’t have to go back to the vet, apart from getting really expensive (I will not deny her vet care if she needs it) it’s rough on her (no wonder she doesn’t want to leave the yard).