Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bianca- 1998?-2008

Today was a sad first for us. Even sadder, it will be taking place over and over as we take care of senior citizens. It is part of a job that we love,(taking care of seniors) but it is the part of the job that we dread. I took Bianca to be euthanized. Bianca came to us three years ago from Animal Care and Control with her sister, Tigger. She was a quiet, calm, peaceful dog who loved to be held like a baby and loved to lick me behind my ear. A year ago she was diagnosed with Pemphigus which is an auto immune disorder where the body attacks itself- her skin would break open with sores and the pads of her feet would seperate from the muscle of the pads. It was awful. My wonderful vet, Dr. Bouchelle diagnosed her and told me that it wasn't a war we would ever win but we could give her time with steroids. So she has been on Prednisone and Azothiaprine for almost a year which caused her to gain a tremendous amount of weight, take on fluid, and be voraciously hungry 24 hours a day. She has been uncomfortable and stays sleeping when she is not eating. So I decided today after praying about it for two weeks- it was the day. I cried so hard I thought I was going to throw up but when it was over, I felt such a weight off my shoulders. I held her and stroked her and told her to tell God hi for me. She went peacefully under the loving care of Dr. Rockefeller while I stroked her and told her what a wonderful dog she had been. She will be cremated. I usually bring our animals home but I didn't want to bury this dog. I wanted her to be returned to dust so her sad overweight body can be shed and she will have her new body in heaven. (Don't even start with me about animals, their souls, and whether they go to heaven.) The kids are sad but understand that euthanasia is the final act of love an owner can give an old or sick dog. Pray for Tigger- that her grief will be not too hard to bear and that she will eat. We love you, Bonki- Boogers. We love you so very much, Bonk Bonk. I will post her picture as soon as I can find a good one that shows her before she became so swollen and tired. :)


Parenting the Hoovers said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Bianca. I'll be thinking of you all.

Rachelle said...

Bless you for what you do! I'm thinking about you guys.

Donna said...

Sorry to hear about little Bianca, I know that was very hard to do but she isn't in pain any longer.

Em, the hair looks GREAT!!

And, I'm glad that Sari and Mike could be such a help to you.

Anonymous said...

Anne you are so very much in my thoughts as I know how difficult it is to make the decision to let go of one of our very special family members. I had that same decision to make in March this year and so I am totally there with you - I also know the feeling of realizing you did the right thing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gale

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne, I'm really sorry about Bianca. I can't imagine how tough that was. Hang in there, I'm praying for you. Love, Belinda