Wednesday, December 14, 2011

good bye my little friend

About 3 1/2 years ago we went to a pet store where we saw a little rat terrier in a cage. He didn't look like a young dog. The owner of the pet store knew little about him other than his name was Stubby and she thought he was around 6 or 7 years old.

We felt bad for the little guy but we already had 2 dogs and 2 cats so we just went about our business at the mall and went home. That evening it seemed every time I turned around my husband was standing right behind me worrying about that poor little dog. Finally after about the third time I said "what's your deal, do you want to go get him or what?"! Turns out yes, that's exactly what he thought we should do. So the next morning we were waiting outside the store when it opened and we brought poor little Stubby home.

That week he went to the vet where he had to have 18 teeth removed because his dental care had been so neglected. This along with the 10 teeth he was already missing left him with only 7 teeth but that didn't stop him from eating dog food, people food and tearing apart the occasional chipmunk or gopher.

Stubby and Wade quickly bonded. Stubby would spend hours sitting in the chair with Wade just staring at him (adoringly, I used to joke). We found out by accident that he liked to sing. He's got his own video on youtube titled Stubby howls. His favorite songs were Happy Birthday and Frito Bandito.

Lately we didn't have him do much singing because he had a collapsed trachea and when he sang too much it made him cough. About 2 weeks ago his cough got really bad. He sounded like a baby with croup - just a gut wrenching, whole body convulsing nasty cough. I brought him to the vet and turns out he had bronchitis and collapsed trachea. They gave him an antibiotic for the infection and prednisone for the trachea and his cough was cured. In fact he sounded better than he had since we got him. Now we just needed to taper back off the prednisone and maybe he could sing us a song again.

The prednisone made him so thirsty pretty much all he did was drink water and pee for 7 days but Sunday he quit drinking and didn't have much interest in eating. He was really lethargic so yesterday I brought him back to the vet. She stopped his meds and injected him with some extra fluids and said it could take a couple days for all the meds to work out of his system.

Dr. Trisha called today to see how he was doing. I told her he was pretty much out of sorts, not eating or drinking at all. She wanted to see him tomorrow morning to run some blood tests and see what else was going on.

I will have to cancel that appointment in the morning. Stubby died tonight. He was in bed with us, his breathing was a bit labored but not terribly so. He made a few hacking sounds and that was pretty much it. My husband & son were outside with flashlights digging a hole on the hillside through the frost at midnight. Sobbing...

Good bye my little friend - you will be missed



  1. OOOhhhh, how sad. But also a good story because he found you guys to spend the last of his years with and fell with his butt in the butter. I am glad he left this world with good memories. Bye Stubby. Enjoy dog heaven little man.

  2. oh renee - i'm truly sorry for your loss. nothing fills our hearts with love like the unconditional love of our furry family members. you were blessed to have him in your life, and he was blessed to have you. i truly feel your pain. god bless you all. you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Oh Renee....I am sending prayers and good thoughts. I am so sorry to hear this. I hadn't realized your Stubby looks so much like the very first dog I ever had, almost identical, a toy fox terrier. They are together now. You gave him the best years of his life.

  4. Oh Renee, that's so sad. He sounded like a lovely little character and I remember watching your video of him singing. At least he had his last moments with you both who so obviously loved him dearly. My thoughts are with you all xxx

  5. Renee,
    Reading your post about Stubby sounds so much like the loss of our last little dachshund the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is so hard to have to give up a true member of the family. My heart goes out to all of you.

  6. thank you all for your kindness. it's still weird to not having him running around here but we are so thankful for the few years that we were his family. xx

  7. Renee, you really honored Stubby's character by your lovely description of his life with you, lucky fella to have sung his way into your and Wade's hearts.

  8. Oh Renee, I am so sorry for you and your husband. Many years ago we had to do the same as you, on Boxing Day morning. My heart aches with you. I wish you both peace and hope that you will find your way to happy memories over the holiday. With sympathy, jan xx

  9. At least he had a good time with you guys and left life in a happy state if I may say it that way. How neat that you gave him another chance on friendship. A little animal can leave a big hole in our heart when they pass on.


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