May 26, 2002 - July 27, 2014
We had to say goodbye to Lily yesterday. On Saturday Lily started acting kind of funny during our daily walk. She seemed disoriented and overly out of breath. The next day she was having problems urinating. She kept squatting down, but nothing came out and it seemed like she was in pain. I thought that she might have a urinary tract infection, so Matt took her to the emergency vet. Once there he was told that she in fact had a large tumor on her bladder that was preventing her from being able to urinate. Between the fact that she was 12 years old and the fact that scans, surgery and chemo were going to be in her future to prolong her life for just a short amount of time, we had to make the decision to put her down right then and there. Matt called me with the news and the girls and I drove over so we could say goodbye to Lily and be with her during her last moments.
The vet brought out a soft blanket for her to lay on and we had a few moments with her before the shot was given. I took out my cell phone and snapped some pictures. It may sound weird that I wanted pictures of her final moments, but I am so glad that I have them... We petted her, talked to her, hugged her and cried while I felt her heart stop beating :-(
And then it was over...
I cannot tell you the sadness and emptiness we are feeling right now. To see my girls be so heartbroken is the hardest to deal with. It's Jazzie's birthday today and she does not even feel like celebrating it.
Lily - you were the best dog a family could wish for. Full of love for all of us. We will miss your kisses, you laying near us, our walks in the woods, your sweet loyal eyes, your everything. Thank you for being a loyal and loving family member for 12 years. We loved you and we know you loved us.
Run free, sweet LouLou...