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!
We left home at 5 am. Gabi and I sat in the back of the car. My parents sat in the front. We arrived at our first stop over, at Gariep Dam, in the afternoon.
There is a blesbuck, named Elliot, who lives in the camp. We went for a hike in the Karoo bushes. The stars were really bright and you could clearly see the milky way.
We hit the road again and stopped to look at the Gariep Dam from above.
We traveled a few hours more and arrived at our second stop, Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat, Uniondale. We had to travel about 21km on a dirt road. It was isolated, in the mountains and lovely. Their water comes from a spring in the mountains. Gabi really enjoyed watching the chickens from the porch. There were also goats. The stars were bright. The cabin we stayed in is dog-friendly and has a fenced yard.
We spend another day at Bo Kouga. Soon after break fast, we went for a hike up the hill, to the waterfall. It is really beautiful. Wild proteas flower everywhere. Gabi was exhausted and I had to carry her the last stretch on the way back to camp. Later that afternoon grandpaw wanted to go for another hike, but Gabi wasn’t having it. It was a cloudy night. The stars were not so bright.
Day 4 (Yesterday)
We got up early and packed the car. After breakfast we hit the dirt road again. We reached our destination before noon. We had lunch first because we couldn’t check in yet.
We arrived back at the holiday house about half an hour early, but the woman check us in. She is very pleasant and friendly. While she was showing us the house, I made the mistake of letting Gabi off the leash. She pooped on the doormat. Embarrassing. She ran down the stairs to the garden. She ran into the downstairs flat where the owner and her daughter is staying.
We went for a walk on the beach. It was a bit cold but Gabi loved it.
We came back and one of the nails of her back foot caught somewhere and the nail broke. I bandaged her foot. She is feeling sorry for herself. Understandably. She’s hopping around on 3 legs and can’t climb the steps. So I carry her.
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That the end of this month Gabi and I will be joining my parents in a holiday in the Garden Route (Western Cape, South Africa). The last time I visited this beautiful part of our country was before I had Gabi.
I’ve only been on holiday with Gabi once before. We went down to KwaZulu -Natal coast a few years ago. Gabi had a blast running on the beach and playing in puddles. There probably will be no swimming this time around, since the waters of the Cape is A LOT colder. She is quite good in the car and doesn’t get travel sickness. The drive down to the Cape is a much longer trip, but we will be sleeping over along the way.
We went for an off-lead walk this morning and Gabi loved it. She was so excited when I stopped at the park, she started whimpering. I also did some routine things like brushing her teeth, which she didn’t love so much.
It is important to be prepared when you travel with dogs. We have booked pet-friendly accommodation, I’ve added the contact details for vets in the places we’re visiting and I’ll also get a list of dog-friendly restaurants where we can eat.
We are counting the days until we can go to the sea!
I gave Gabi a bath today (with the help of my mom). She’s all nice and clean and soft. I tried to trim her claws as well, but despite feeding her numerous treats only managed to cut 2 nails.
Later this afternoon, since my clothes had already gotten dirty. I decided to wash my car. This is not something I do often. We have water restrictions where I live, so I have to use a bucket instead of a hose. I find this very frustrating because I’m short and struggle to reach the top of the car, even though it’s a hatchback. I also find it difficult to lift the bucket to rinse the car.
As I was about to start washing, one of the neighbours was seeing off a guest. I don’t actually know her, but I guess she’s seen me with Gabi a couple of times and I’ve seen her once or twice in the complex. We greeted each other. She asked how Gabi was doing now (I guess she must’ve seen Gabi in her cone a few months back). I told her Gabi was doing fine. She made a comment about how she sees me all the time walking Gabi. I told her that, I try to take her regularly but that she was getting lazier now that she’s older, especially about on-leash walks in the street.
She told me about how yesterday she thought that she might have to have her 11-year old dachshund put to sleep because she was suffering and struggling to walk. The vet gave her dog some medication and today she was fine.
We spoke about how attached people become to their pets and how they are family.
It was a nice little chat. I was glad she stopped to talk to me.
Well there is a new week ahead. I hope it’s a good one for everyone.
On the 19th of February 2012, I brought Gabi home with me. She was just shy of 6 years old.
Sleeping in the car on the way home.
She loves a soft blankey
(pictures from the first day)
It was’t always easy. She had health issues and got bitten by a dog running out of its yard. (she was already scared of strange dogs).
But we took care of her the best we could and just love her every day.
We’ve had a lot of good times.
And here’s hoping for many more happy years together. I love this little dog.
14 February 2017
HAPPY ADOPTIVERSARY GABI!
Thank you for being my best friend.
©Gabi Italian Greyhound Bytes. 2017