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December 16th, 2006
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Windy
Since I last posted about Windy, he pretty much stopped eating.  He wouldn't eat his dog food at all; some days I could tempt him to eat a little human food, and I was letting him have what he would eat of summer sausage (which seemed to be his favorite), turkey, or whatever I was having for dinner, because I figured not-proper-dog-food was better than eating nothing at all.  Even on his best days he was only getting a few hundred calories, and he was getting very gaunt, but he still seemed to be chipper and happy, though he was getting pretty slow this week.

Last night at 3 AM or so he wanted to go out, and he wouldn't come in.  He made some awful howling noises, and walked right past me a couple of times.  Eventually he came in and got on the bed, but for the first time since he's been sick, he seemed to be really suffering.  I tried to comfort him, and found that his pulse was racing, well over 200.

When I woke up this morning, he was dead.

For my friends worried about me:  I'm OK.  I feel sad, but not devastated.  I think it's easier to handle a natural death than euthanasia, and I've known for weeks that he was not just sick but definitely dying, so I was as ready for it as I could be.

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From:sukaycirquegirl
Date:December 16th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Aw man. I know it was not unexpected and I agree w/ you about natural death vs euthanasia - but it is still tough and I know you will miss him.

My heart goes out to you. Take care.
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From:catalana
Date:December 16th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
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*hug* I'm so sorry for your loss.
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From:phillip2637
Date:December 16th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm very sorry to hear about your friend.
From:starstraf
Date:December 16th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry about your loss, even though you knew it was coming soon it is still loosing a long time companion
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From:gundo
Date:December 16th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear that. Losing a pet is losing a very good friend.
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From:msminlr
Date:December 16th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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[[[hugs]]]
consider that an IOU
You can collect on it whenever I see you next

I've got an elderly cat that I'm watching carefully; she hasn't stopped eating, but she's lost a lot of flesh lately. It's the black one with the white toes, so she didn't have that much flesh TO lose.
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From:bammba_m
Date:December 16th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*

I'm so sorry. Windy was a great dog.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:December 16th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry
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From:andpuff
Date:December 16th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and sympathy.
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From:tollers
Date:December 16th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Well damn... *hugs*

It's never easy... no matter how much you see it coming.

I'm glad that he went naturally and at home, though... I agree that that's much easier to cope with than having to make the decision to euthanize.

I feel for you... hang in there!

*more hugs*
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From:jerusha
Date:December 16th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry for your loss. He went at home, though, and in his own time, instead of having to make the Last Trip to the vet.
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From:born_to_me
Date:December 16th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm so very sorry. The loss of a friend who loves you so completely is incredibly hard to bear.
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From:blur01
Date:December 17th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
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Humans passing do not make me cry but hearing of the passing of pets and animals I cant take. Im really sorry, Phil.
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From:poltr1
Date:December 17th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
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*hugs*

As you probably said before, you knew this day was coming, but not exactly when. Take solace in that you gave Windy [mumble] years of a good life.
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From:pwl1
Date:December 17th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry that you have lost a friend, but I'm happy that he is not suffering.
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From:exapno
Date:December 18th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
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oh hun :(
*huggs*
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From:peteralway
Date:December 19th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear of it.
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From:ntrlstgrl
Date:December 19th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Sad...I remember how much it hurt to lose my cat Scarlett...it was a natural death but it was still traumatic 'cause (in my not-so-humble opinion) pets are part of the family...my sympathies...
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