Monday, September 8, 2014

Losing a Beloved Dog

Saturday my family had to make the tough decision to put one of our dogs to sleep. Even with surgery there was a good chance she wouldn't make it, and if she did, she'd be in pain. We had no choice but to put her down.

It's always hard losing a pet. They really are family members and this dog was the epitome of a lap dog!

Doggy lifejacket



We found Kiki seven years ago (pic below). Only about a year old, she was in bad shape with manage and ringworm. We took her in, cared for her, and quickly learned she also had epilepsy. I begged my parents to keep her and luckily they obliged!

Chiuahua

At six pounds, this dog looked like an oversized rat with huge bat ears, lost most of her teeth over the years, began losing her fur, and without skin even started changing colors! But to us, she was the cutest little thing. And it didn't hurt that she was the most loving dog we'd ever encountered. She always had to be on someone. And when she wasn't licking you non-stop she was hugging you. I think having been homeless, she developed separation anxiety. When I moved out several years ago I took her with me. That lasted two hours. When I left my apartment, she shrieked (like straight up horrifying screams that sounded like she was getting murdered!) until enough of my neighbors complained to the manager and I had to return her to my parents. At least I lived close and was able to see her if not daily, on a weekly basis.

chiuahua in a sombrero

chiuahua in a dress too much beer doggy pals

I'm sure most have you have lost a pet and unfortunately know the specific pain I'm feeling. As much as it hurts that's she's gone, we're all trying to think about how great of a life we gave her. She was so spoiled and so loved. And she loved us. We're pretty lucky that she wandered into our life!
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51 comments:

P!nky said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a dog is so hard and sad! :(

Whitney and Blaire said...

So sorry to hear about your sweet dog. I know how painful the loss is. Dogs hold such special places in our hearts and it is always difficult to say goodbye. I don't know if you have ever read the book Dog Heaven, but I always send it to friends who have lost a special pet, to cheer them up. Take care.
xo, Whitney and Blaire
Peaches In A Pod

Jenn said...

Im so so sorry about losing your dog. I'm glad that you're trying to keep a positive perspective, even though I know it's incredibly difficult. Sending lots of positive thoughts and hugs your way!!

Amy Western said...

So sorry to hear your news. It's so hard losing a pet x

Setarra said...

OH no, Leeann! I'm so sorry for your loss! Hopefully writing about it has helped to start the healing process for you. Sending you lots of airhugs across the distance!

Clairejustine oxox said...

Sorry to hear your news, I remember losing my dog and how very upset I was :(

Clairejustine oxox said...

Sorry to hear your news, I remember losing my dog and how very upset I was :(

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

So sorry for you loss. What a little cutie. They become so much a part of your life and you heart. Sending you healing thoughts girl. Big hugs!

M @ The Sequin Notebook said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet pup! I know my dog is like a child to me, so I can't even imagine what you are going through. Big hugs!

Jodi said...

So sorry to hear this about one of your dogs. Losing a pet is so hard. Thinking of you!!

Nadine Lynn said...

I am so sorry for your loss!!!! Losing a pet is the same thing as losing a family member. All of the dogs we had growing up have passed on in the last few years and it was very hard. I felt I was losing siblings. Your little Kiki was adorable and she looked very happy and loved.

April said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your Kiki. Dogs are in our lives for just a brief period but the impact they make on them last so much longer.

Morgan S. said...

I am so sorry. I lost my family dog this year, she would have been 15. I also had to put down my Siberian Husky last year...it's never easy. Praying for your strength during this time.

Katie Elizabeth said...

I am so, so sorry. Losing a pet is never easy but it looks like you have lots of amazing memories to look back on! Thinking of you and your family. xo

Katie @ The Macarthurs Lately said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your puppy! :(((( It's never easy to lose a beloved pet! ::hugs::

birdie to be said...

So sorry to hear about your pup!!

Mree said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you big hugs!! I hope you find comfort in your memories of your pup.

Rare Nonsense said...

Awe, so sad! Our dog died last year from pneumonia. She was only 5 and it was so hard! I'm sorry you are going thru this tough time :(

Jenna R. said...

So sorry to hear you had such a sad weekend. She sounds like such a sweet, special dog. xoxo

jenna @ sincerely jenna marie

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

So sorry about your little pooch. :(

~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
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Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

So sorry about your little pooch. :(

~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

Agnes Mayer said...

I'm so sorry about your dog. We put ours down 12 years ago and it's still hard.

Agi:)

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SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I*'m so so sorry.

Trish said...

sorry for your loss! I know that's so heartbreaking!

Mariangie said...

Oh no. I'm so sorry. I lost my second dog in February and it feels like it was yesterday. I don't think we ever stop missing them but we do cherish our memories with them. :)

Brianne Bracco said...

Oh girly, I am so sorry for your family's loss. They become such a huge part of us. Big big hugs for you today.

Robyn said...

So sorry to hear you had to put Kiki down:( My family and I had to make the same decision a few years back when our beloved Eboni became ill. Such a tough decision! So grateful for the sweet memories she left us. Sending positive vibes your way!

Robyn
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Annalee Shelton said...

Oh LeeAnn I'm so so sorry. We lost our beloved dog Indy earlier this year, and I just went catatonic. Sending you the most giant internet hug, let me know if you need anything at all.

Kaitlin Goodall said...

Losing a pet is so hard, I feel for you. That picture with the beer can is hilarious!! Looks like you have lots of great memories to look back on.

Kaitlin
www.littlegoodiesblog.blogspot.com

Ginnie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Kiki. It's so hard to lose a pet. I love the beer photo:)

rosie said...

I also lost a pet recently - it's so sad, but they are worth it for all the joy they bring. Take care. Oh and I like your blog!!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

OMG Leeann, terribly sorry for your loss. She was so stinking cute too. I feel your pain because we did have a dog when I lived with my parents. My parents still have him. They do become part of the family, for sure. May she rest in peace!!

Julia said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, I know how hard that is! She was adorable and definitely looked well loved and cared for!

Bailley said...

I am so sorry about your sweet puppy! Sending prayers and hugs your way!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

So sorry, Leeann!! The memories you have will be with you forever...and that photo of her knocked-out with BudLight...best photo ever!!!!

Alyson said...

I am so so so sorry for your loss, Leeann!

Christina said...

I'm so sorry! It's so hard to choose to put a pet to sleep. I cried for days when we lost our childhood dog. My dad called me at work to tell me she was gone and I had to take a half day off work. She was lucky to have you guys! I love her little life jacket! And I really love your hair color in the second picture of you!!

Krystal @ Krystal's Korner said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is so hard. I've been through it and I know how difficult it is :(

Emily said...

SO sorry for your loss. It's tough losing a member of the family. May they RIP.

Amanda @ A Good Hue said...

Aw, I am so sorry Leeann :( That's always so tough, I've lost a few special critters and it always hurts.

The photos of her in the mini sombrero and with the beer can totally brought a smile to my face (oh the things we do to our pets that they go along with to give us a good laugh, haha!)-- she is a cutie and looks like you had some fun memories with her!

awhite said...

I'm so, so sorry to hear about Kiki, Leeann. Losing a pet is one of the hardest things in the world- they truly become members of the family, best friends, little fur children. I had to put my dog down a few years ago and it was SO tough to do. I'm thinking of you!

-Ashley
http://lestylorouge.com

Laura. said...

I'm super sorry for your loss and I hope you feel better soon. Dogs are literally another family member, I feel your grief. Best wishes xd

www.internetlyaddicted.blogspot.co.uk

gabrielle said...

so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. you and your family saved her life when you took her in -- i'm sure kiki knows how much you guys loved her!

xo,
gabby
www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

Lisa { Showered With Design } said...

aww This makes me so sad :( Im so sorry. Dogs are like family and its hard to let them go. But if it makes you feel better at least they arent suffering anymore.

Showered With Design

Sabina B said...

Oh Leeann, thats just the worst. So sorry to hear that. I got pets myself and had to put one to sleep. All the best! xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style
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The City Boy said...

sorry to hear about your loss...so sad losing a pet. at least you have all the great images to look back on

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness, so sorry my love!

The Grits Blog said...

I am so so so so so sorry! I have lost two pets this year, one recently that had to be put to sleep. If there is anything I can do please let me know!

The Grits Blog said...

I am so so so so so sorry! I have lost two pets this year, one recently that had to be put to sleep. If there is anything I can do please let me know!

Elle Sees said...

i'm so sorry to hear this!! i cannot imagine your feelings, but can feel the love you had! hang in there! hugs.

Miss Angie said...

So hard to let go of a little loved one like that-and I think that dog is one of the cutest!

We just had to put down our family dog too, and it was sad. 15 years was along time, yet not long enough.