Thursday, June 28, 2012
Farewell Sweet Bear
megaesophogaus which is a failure of the esophogial function. The food he eats sits in his esophogus or his chest cavity. For the last couple of nights, he has been really sick - vomiting and lethargic. This morning, I noticed that he was having a tough time breathing so I decided to take him to the vet. He could barely get up and I had a devil of a time wrestling all 92lbs of him into the back seat. The vet confirmed that he was really sick - his resting heartrate was elevated, he had a fever and he was laboring to breathe. The vet took a chest x-ray and gave us the "it's time" news. Bear now had aspirational pneumonia which explains his fever. His condition along with his other health issues namely his knees and hips would just further reduce his quality of life. So, we made the heart wrenching decision to let him go. His quiet presence was a comfort to us. He loved to be hugged and even now, I'm surprised by how much my psyche misses him. How I have to stop myself from seeking him out for a squeeze or a pat on the head. But I know he's at peace, chasing rabbits and swimming right along. My husband and I came to terms with it being the right thing to do but I can't help but be a little selfish. I miss the old coot.