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An extremly painful day…

Monday, February 3, 2014 by  
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February
3
2014
Loki, about a year ago.

Loki, about a year ago.

Loki, our long time family member (I rescued Loki in late 1996 when he was about 10 months old), has not been well the past week or so. Because Loki is over 18 years old, his immune system is very weak. When I took him to the vet on Friday he was suffering from a reoccurring UTI, an eye infection, dehydration and diarrhea. For the past 8 months or so he’s required a belly band with a Poise pad around his waist due to incontinence. Also, for quite some time now he’s required us to help him stand up, and he often falls once he’s up.

Loki has suffered from Addison’s Disease for a long time (I think he was diagnosed around 10 years ago). Prednisone is very effective in treating Canine Addison’s Disease, but as the disease progressed the Prednisone was not enough and about a year ago I started administering monthly injections of a drug called Percorten.

Despite these health issues, up until this past week Loki’s quality of life was excellent: he has remained alert, happy and even playful. Despite Loki’s almost unheard of advanced age, his hearing and vision are still quite good. Mentally he’s still 100% there.

The past week has been extremely difficult for Loki and, of course, us. For several days he has refused to eat more than a bite or two, he’s thrown up several times, he still has diarrhea, he’s extremely weak, he’s restless, he seems very uncomfortable and quite possibly in pain.

Loki’s had a long and wonderful life, and he’s brought us more joy and happiness than he’ll ever know. Even though I knew this day would eventually come, I’m sitting here wracked with uncertainly and even guilt, crying my eyes out as I attempt to type. I’m trying so hard to separate my own selfish desires from the reality of the situation. I have to find the strength to do what’s right. I can’t let my beautiful friend of nearly 18 years suffer.

Barring a miracle, we’ll be saying goodbye to a beloved family member today. I thank you all for understanding that I need to take a couple days off from my blog. My diet and training will continue, but I am not going to feel much like writing. I’ll be back sometime this week.



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115 Responses to “An extremly painful day…”
  1. Oh shit John, I saw that title and tears immediately came to my eyes. I knew what it would say. Lisa and I go back some 15-18 years, to Animal Friends days and I have been friends with you guys since Turtle was bouncing around and Loki was a young ‘un. First Turtle and now Loki. I am so sad for you and Lisa, it is the end of a many many years of love and devotion from one of the best dogs anybody could want. He’s loving, funny, happy, and a real comedian. I’m am so, so sorry for your and Lisa’s loss, I know it is a really big one. Loki was loved and pampered and he had the best life anyone could possibly give him. He was a lucky dog to have you two and you were equally lucky to have him. RIP Loki old boy, you will be sadly missed by so many 🙁

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  2. So very sorry to hear this, but this is the cross we must bear as animal lovers. Would it be easier just to not bring these wonderful creatures into our lives? Would our houses be cleaner and our wallets be fatter? Yes, and life would still go on, but it would then be a life not fully lived.

    Peace.

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  3. So sorry to hear about Loki 🙁 We had to say goodbye to our 20 year old dog a year ago, it was heartbreaking and I still miss her a lot but I know she is no longer in pain. She had arthritis, bad vision/hearing, and had to wear a diaper for urinary incontinence. For the last few years of her life (especially the last 6 months), our lives revolved around her entirely and i’m glad for all the time I was able to spend with her. When it was time, we could just tell by the look in her eyes – she didn’t seem happy anymore, in fact she just looked miserable. The decision is never easy but i’m thankful we were able to make a decision and be there for her when her time came. We try to celebrate her long, happy, spoiled rotten life, it’s not very often you hear of dogs living as long as Loki and our Dagny! Loki is fortunate to have such caring owners. RIP Loki <3

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  4. It is the right thing John. As one who has many dogs and cats watching over us now from heaven it is a tough choice to make but quality of life is the issue. Lisa and you have given Loki a great life of unconditional love. Hard to lose part of the family but your memories will be forever. I hope someone makes that right choice for me also if I get to that point.

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  5. Thank you all so much for your love and kind words. Loki passed away shortly before 1:00 this afternoon, warm in his bed here at home, with Lisa and I holding and kissing him. He felt the love from us and all of you. He’s free from his pain now, and that what matters. We always said whenever Loki was feeling poorly that we would gladly take his pain if we could. Today we were able to do that.

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