It is very difficult to write this, but so many of you have asked me to keep you updated.
Robin and Lady, her sixteen year old Shih Tzu, were doing ok... until this past Sunday night. Lady started throwing up again, and started getting weaker.
Yesterday morning Robin called me. She was sobbing. Robin was afraid she was going to have to put Lady to sleep today if she continued to get worse. Robin was so torn up watching Lady suffer. And of course, anyone would be.
This morning I called Robin. She said Lady was failing, and that she had an appointment this afternoon with the vet at 4:30pm. The way Robin was talking, she was expecting the vet to recomment that Lady be put to sleep.
Robin spent the this morning and early afternoon snuggling with Lady... expecting that today would be her last day with Lady. I told Robin I would be right over, to be with her and Lady... and also to hold Lady... one more time... before perhaps having to say goodbye... but Robin said she wanted to be alone with Lady. She also said she wanted me to remember Lady as she was when she was well... not how she was today. Robin again said that she just wanted to be alone with Lady. It was so very hard to... but I respected her wishes.
I called her about two o'clock, and she was crying, and just sitting... holding Lady. Four-thirty has come and gone.
I gave Robin until 7:00pm and then called her... leaving a message on her cell, and at home. It is 9:40pm... and she has not called yet. I am assuming the worst... and that Robin simply wants to be alone. Everyone grieves in their own way. I will let you all know something with an update to this post when I hear anything new.
Thirty seconds after I hit the "send post" button... Robin called. It was just as I thought. Robin and her boyfriend Guy took Lady to the vet today at 4:30. With both the vet and Robin agreeing that it would probably be best for Lady... Robin had Lady put to sleep. I just spoke with Robin now... and we are both very sad... but Lady is now at peace.
Thank all of you who cared enough to send personal emails to Robin (there were quite a few of you) and thank all of you who have commented on the posts about her and Lady while Robin and I have been struggling with this. Robin would love to hear from any and all of you personally if you wish. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Again... thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and the prayers you sent... to Robin, to Lady, and to me. We are all so grateful...