We lost our beloved Paco on Friday night. He died suddenly and unexpectedly; he was acting like his normal self for morning and afternoon walks, then after dinner started acting sick and weak. Within a couple hours he was bad enough that I drove him to an emergency vet clinic, but he died on the way...I had one hand on him and was telling him how much we loved him.
It turns out that he had advanced liver cancer, and died from fluid around his heart. If we had gotten him to a vet earlier, it would not have changed the outcome unfortunately, as they don't do liver transplants for dogs...I just wish we had known he was so sick--he never showed it until that night!
He blessed our home and was a loving, protecting member of our family for 10 years; our first "baby"... I still catch myself expecting to see him when I wake up in the morning, and when I come in the door from being out...Sometimes I hear something which sounds a little like him and I jump at the sound; it's funny how our senses and emotional mind play tricks on us, even while our rational mind knows the sad truth.
We are very relieved that he didn't suffer long, or at least as far as he let on, but are still in shock.
Tonight is the first thunderstorm of the year. At least he didn't have to be here for that...but selfishly how I wish he was, pacing and panting and following us like a shadow throughout the house.
We'll miss you Paco!
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Posted by Dan at 8:09 PM