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  • Lucy


    Thank you all so much for your lovely messages about my diet.  I’m afraid things have lapsed rather, partly because we’ve had a death in the family.

    It was a fairly small death, given that it happened to a little red dog who’d ruled our family for eleven years.  But as I’m sure many of you know, a small death such as this can have a very big impact.

    Lucy developed a liver condition in March and we were told that she had no functioning liver.  No one mentioned it to her, however, so although the weight fell off her and she was always ravenously hungry, she carried on being her bright, bossy self until just recently. 

    I think the hardest part was that we had to decide the moment.  We weren’t told by the vet that it was the only thing we could do for her.  Eventually we did make the decision and on her last day Desmond took her for her favourite walk in the park.  The previous day she had to be carried home as she was too weak to walk.  On her last day she ran around and chased a squirrel. 

    Of course we discussed cancelling the appointment, but we came to the conclusion that we didn’t want her to get worse.  Some days she was so weak she had to be carried.  She’d stopped being able to eat biscuits.  But while Desmond was on the phone to the vet and I was listening she hopped onto the sofa and ate the cheese from my salad.

    I heard Monty Don said no relationship with an animal ends well but I hope we don’t dwell on Lucy’s end for too long.  She was such a strong character, she’s more than frail little thing we said goodbye to. 

  • Comments on this post (52 comments)

    • Diane Klena says...

      Wish to extend my sympathy in the loss of your dog. Been there so many times, never an easy decision for sure. Our last dog- a beagle Pete- was the worst. Vet kept saying his condition was due to allergy to fleas when finally got second opinion and that vet sent us to Cornell University vet school who IMMEDIATELY diagnosed that he had inoperable cancer. We were devastated that we had gone along with vet#1 for so long when our dog suffered in silence. That one took a long time to get over and we never replaced him.

      December 14, 2020

    • Margaret Burbidge says...

      Dear Katie, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely Lucy. Tears are in my eyes as I know from my own experiences how you must all be feeling but it sounds so much as if Lucy had a wonderful life with you all and gave so much in return. If only all animal ( and humans ) were so lucky. Take care and best wishes, Margaret

      December 14, 2020

    • Grace Rutherford says...

      So sorry for your loss of the lovely Lucy all animals are part of the family. She had a wonderful life with you all and it is better for her not to suffer remember as she was a lively and happy dog x

      December 14, 2020

    • Katie Foley says...

      I’m sorry for your loss..
      This year also has been difficult for me as losing my mum in August suddenly at only 54 yes old.. it’s hard…but they say time is a great healer XXX
      All my love 😍

      December 14, 2020

    • Tina says...

      So sorry for your loss. Hopefully you have lots of loving memories and paw prints on your heart, so she’ll live on forever. ❤️🐾🌈xxxx

      December 14, 2020

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