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.
Homtini (Knysna Forest)
We spent 2 nights in a cabin in the forest. The Hazel Cottage (where we stayed) is dog friendly. It’s really beautiful there. There was a TV (though it was probably just SABC because there was only an antenna), but we didn’t even care to check what channels they had.
Hartenbos (Mossel Bay)
We slept here for 3 nights. We didn’t have much of a view from this flat but it was walking distance from the beach and restaurants. Gabi enjoyed the beach. The last time we went to the beach, she ran up a dune and her nail got a bit bloody again. So I put another bandage on. Our last day at Hartenbos was rainy so we drove out to some of the small towns in the area. There was some construction on the road to Still Bay so we spend a lot of time just sitting in the car, waiting.
The Road Back Home
We slept at the same place at Gariep Dam for one night (that we slept over on the way to our vacation destinations). It was icy cold when we got there. I watched some of the sunrise through the window/back door. The moon was still visible around 7 am when I stepped outside.
We hit the road back to Pretoria at 8 am and was home yesterday (Saturday) around 4 pm after being away for about 2 weeks. Gabi seems Happy to be back home again. Though, it’s a bit cold a rainy at the moment.
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Took Gabi on a morning walk. She enjoyed the walk and manage quite well, despite the bandaged back foot.
We left her at the house while we went to the beach, since the bandage has still have to stay on.
There was a bosbokkie eating hibiscus flowers outside the house today.
Day 9 (Last day at Brenton-on-Sea)
We went for another morning walk. We went to the beach after lunch. I tied a bag around Gabi’s bandaged foot. She had a blast. She is exhausted.
Today was our last day at Brenton-on-Sea. It is probably also the last day we’ll have WiFi before we get home. Apart from Gabi’s foot we had a lovely stay. This is a beautiful house with a stunning view and the owner is very friendly and accommodating.
Gabi was tearing at her bandage and the vet said it could come off today. So I cut it off and put some iodine ointment on her nail. It still looks a bit raw. Will probably have to cover her paw if she goes to the beach or something.
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DAY 5 (Yesterday)
We went to the beach and Gabi enjoyed running on the sand. She gave me a big fright when she nipped at a washed up jellyfish, but she missed the stingy bit and was escaped the encounter unscathed. She seemed to really enjoy herself, though when we were not on the beach, she was very tender. (She snagged her nail somewhere on Monday night. Probably the wooden steps at our vacation house. The nail tore half-off and was bleeding. I wrapped a bandage around her paw.)
She didn’t want me touching her paw at all today and I was a bit concerned that it might get infected.
Since I’m not here with my own transport, last night I asked my dad if we could take Gabi to the vet today.
DAY 6 (Today)
We drove into Knysna to take Gabi to the vet. We went earlier so we drove around Leisure Isle and have coffee at a little dog-friendly coffee shop. We stopped at a view point to look at The Heads.
We then took her to the vet. It was still a bit early, but I thought she might need to be sedated. So they said I had to check her in. I did that and my parents and I went to have lunch nearby. We had just finished when I got a call to pick Gabi up. The vet removed the injured nail, since it was still half attached and cut the other nails for me. She was given a sedative as well as, an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory injections.
We then drove back to where we staying, looking at some fancy houses along the way. To day is a drizzly day, So I had to take Gabi out to pee with a plastic bag around the bandage. She has to wear the bandage for 3 days and cannot get it wet. The vet advised against taking her to the beach. I was given some medication (antibiotics) which I have to give to her from tomorrow morning. She has been sleeping most of the time since we got back, but she has eaten a bit.
My parents are planning a boat cruise tomorrow. I think I’ll stay here with Gabi, because I don’t really want to leave her alone when she’s injured.
It’s a pity we can’t take her to the beach for the next few days, because she really loves it.
Though, obviously the vet bill has made this vacation a lot more expensive, I’m glad we took her. It’s a huge weight of my shoulders.
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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!