Friday, July 13, 2007

Our pets

Tomorrow morning I have to go and say goodbye to a greyhound that I've known since 1998. Robin and I got Kookie back in September of 1998. He came to us strictly as a re-hab case, we were to help him mend and then he'd be placed back in his previous home. After seeing his condition and helping him regain his help, there was no question that Kookie was going to stay. He coursed for just a little while in 1999 and 2000. Kookie won Open stake at the 1999 II in Virginia, but we forfeited breed because he tore a shoulder muscle. After re-habbing this injury, Kookie tried again, only to break a toe. His coursing career ended with 89 points towards his FCh.

Robin and Kookie have been fortunate to have each other through the years. He has always been a fabulous pet and a very personable dog.

Kookie has not been feeling well for a while, not eating well, having to get up in the middle of the night, back legs not working well. Robin took him in yesterday and had x-rays done. The vet found a large mass in his abdomen. We are staunch believers that animals should never have to go through hell so that they might live for us just a few weeks or months. With that in mind, Robin has made the decision that we'll have to let Kookie go tomorrow.

Godspeed, Kookie.

Edit: Got a call this afternoon from Robin. Kookie was much worse today than yesterday. She went ahead and took him in. He's with his brothers and sister now.


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1 comment:

Raven said...

Sorry to hear about Kookie, it's never easy. Walter broke his neck at the end of a course way back, was CPR'ed, rushed to the U where he was paralized for 3 days while we selfishly had surgery done hoping he'd gain mobility. He didn't. His eyes got dim, and we let him go. Never again, never.

Hugs from me, Al, Guido and Abby...we know how much it hurts to say goodbye.