Super Sad Saturday

Annie – 2009 to February 1, 2020

Our dear Annie is now buried in our yard alongside our beloved Agatha and Walker. In mid December, she went from being a very alert, nimble bloodhound to exhibiting never-before-observed signs of confusion. Two weeks ago, her symptoms multiplied and worsened—

Trouble seeing, especially out of her left eye
Escalation of confusion
Stumbling in and outside the house
Running into previously familiar objects
Falling off our deck
Incessantly turning tight clockwise circles to her right
until she was exhausted
Difficulty eating and drinking
Unintentional fall into our rain-filled pond and could not get out
and perhaps the most alarming symptom for a bloodhound—
Ability to smell—GONE!

No more wagging tail
Absence of joy
Worried expression on her face
No more games with, Emma, our 18-lb. terrier (her best friend)

This morning we took her to see our veterinarian who gave her a thorough examination and believed all of her issues to be intracranial. She was about 11 years old; but since we adopted her from Woods Humane Society, we’ll never know her actual birthdate.

We made the difficult decision to have her euthanized and are beyond exhausted and emotionally drained. We have not slept in many nights because Annie had to be let outside throughout the night.

Now she’s resting peacefully.

26 Replies to “Super Sad Saturday”

  1. Oh, Leslie & Jon, we are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your 4 legged family member!! Shed a few tears knowing what you’re going through without her, as we were when we had to put down Levi 4 years ago. The joy this wonderful friend brings has been such a blessing & challenge that we’re entrusted with. RIP Annie, you’ve deserved a special place in your family’s hearts & they’ll never forget you. Praying for you!! Matthew 5:4
    Lovingly, Gary & Freddie

  2. So sorry friend ❣️Our fur babies bring us so much love and joy. I had to take our 14 year, 7 month old, 10 lb. Papillion / Chihuahua to the vet on Friday because of similar symptoms. We are trying a couple of medications for now, but it is hard seeing him struggle.
    Praying for comfort for both of you always.

  3. Oh Leslie! I am so terribly sorry to hear of the loss of Annie. What a hard day indeed! I pray you will find comfort in the special memories you made with her and in the knowledge that you gave her a wonderful home and life. She was lucky to have a human like you! Don’t know fully what the new heavens and new earth will be like, but I love the image the Bible paints of a peaceable kingdom with animals as well as people represented!

  4. As you know, our Pepper is struggling too. Vet says it’s heart
    issues and she gets meds twice a day which makes her very
    lethargic. Not sure how much longer we’ll have her with us.
    This is my 1st dog ever so it will be hard. We (you and us) don’t
    need one more thing to deal with. But God is good and I have
    to believe that.

  5. Oh, dear Leslie and Jon. What a draining time, indeed, and yes, you will need time to regain your calm. May St. Francis be close to you and Emma. The other comments have said so much, so movingly, a true record of the love and partnership with our dogs and pets. Did not realize her time was so close. We will all miss her. Love, Genevieve and Dolfi

    1. Thank you, Genevieve. We, along with you, did not realize Annie’s time was so close. Her health deteriorated very quickly. 🙁

  6. Oh dear Leslie, I’m so sorry to hear this. What dear friends our sweet pets become, and I know you and Jon will miss her terribly. Prayers for both of you. ❤️

  7. Oh Leslie and John. As you know I always felt a special connection to gentle Annie. I’m so sorry to hear that the last few weeks have been so difficult for all of you and I’m grateful you and she are now able to rest peacefully.

    My son’s little face crumpled in deep sorrow as I shared the news with him. Annie will be very much missed.

  8. I’m so very sorry your Annie is gone and that she had to go through this last bit at the end. So did our Pierre. It’s so hard at the end. Hugs and prayers to you and Jon. ♥️

  9. This was hard to read, though not a complete surprise with what you’ve told me about Annie’s declining health. Your plate overfloweth and not in the way you prefer. This is never easy but knowing you gave a sweet dog a wonderful life on earth that she couldn’t have had with anybody but you and Jon = priceless. Love you much and praying for you (and Emma too). Animals grieve and she will miss her BDF (best dog friend).

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