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Old 08-20-2009, 10:27 PM
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Tonight my family made a very hard decision.

Callie (our old rescue GSD) was put to rest tonight. This morning when we left for work, Callie wasn't normal, but we assumed it was nothing, or at the most, the heat. We came home to a sick Callie. We called the vet, took her in, and we were there by 7:45.

We sat at the vet until 9:00 with Callie laying on the floor, non responsive, and puking. It wasn't until my mom went "She's dying" that the vet finally looked up with a "What's going on?" And when my mom screamed "SHE'S DYING!" he came out, looked her over, and concluded that she had had a tumor on her spleen, and it had ruptured, leaving her bleeding to death. We decided to have her put to sleep, as she was 9 years old, and the work it would have taken to save her probably would have killed her in the end.

My sister and mom and I all said goodbye, and then they went into the room to do the job. I stayed outside, because I was so upset, and don't do well with the actual passing.

Callie Dog was a puppy mill rescue. Her 'owner' took her to a livestock auction and put her through it at 8 years old. Amanda and I saw here there and I insisted we bring her home - planning on rehoming. She came home, and decided we were her home, and Amanda was her girl. She loved her, and you could see it, and Amanda loved her just as much.

Callie went downhill quickly. It would have been cruel for us to keep her alive any longer. And while we sat there, watching her throw up, and drool, and watched her 'being there' fade from her eyes, I knew we were losing her, but that didn't stop the hurt when it was decided what we'd do.

We're all missing Callie, and the other dogs know she's gone. I'm wishing that poor, old girl green grass, no fences, friendly dogs, treats, kisses on her nose like she loved so much, and lots of love at the bridge until she and the people who loved her for 11 short months are together again.

Here she is the day we brought her home. I like to think she was excited to start her first real life in a loving family.






Such a beautiful girl, with a beautiful soul. You're missed already, baby.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:30 PM
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I am so sorry.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:37 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss... RIP dear Callie..
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:55 PM
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Rest in Peace dear girl and run free ... you were loved .
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Thank you, all. It didn't feel right tonight, feeding 7 not 8. It doesn't feel right walking past her empty crate, and not seeing her come out to poke me while I'm on the laptop, then go back into her crate.

I can't believe this all happened so fast. I miss her.
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I'm so sorry. She looked like a grand old girl.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:27 AM
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I'm so sorry. I just know Callie is with all our loved ones now. Try to remember all the good times you shared.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:15 AM
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In my life, we've NEVER lost a dog to sickness, other then my sheltie, but we knew we'd have to put her down for a while before the cancer got too bad. I think that's why it's so hard... But then again, we lost Amanda's horse after 8 hours of suffering.

But then maybe it hurts because we lost her. Who cares how fast it happened, how it happened, when, or why. It hurts because she's gone.

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Poor little girl.

Bless you for giving her a wonderful life, however short your time with her was.
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Oh, Shay . . . but just look a the happy anticipation in her face in that first photo, and the contentment in the others. Loved, cherished and happy with a family. You gave let her have the life she deserved and craved . . . and you loved her enough to let her go gently. She'll be watching and, you never know, she may find her way back

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