Sassy breathed her last today (April 24). It’s important to note that she breathed her last with difficulty. Both her heart and kidneys were failing.
She was diagnosed with a heart murmur in November of last year. Worse by February, we took her to a cardiac specialist, who was guardedly optimistic. But she began to show unnerving symptoms during the past month, most poignantly the loss of appetite and loss of energy. When the symptoms got worse, we had our local vets try to alleviate them, but they were unsuccessful. Back she went to Dr. Trina, her specialist. Over several days in hospital, Trina tried to balance the degradation in both heart and kidneys. While there were brief signs of improvement, Sassy regressed today. Dr. T. told us that superhuman efforts over a week might bring her around, but the prognosis was slim and future very uncertain. Together, we decided to relieve Sassy’s agony. After spending a long period on Don’s lap with hugs, cuddles and whispers, she died in his arms.
Sassy was a one-human dog. She clung to Don and was rarely more than 6 feet from him. She slept on the “blankie” she brought with her at the foot of his recliner-bed. She was fed in his office/bedroom. If he left the premises, she waited, even for days, just inside the front door. The two of them took daily walks; while she had to be leashed, it was only by community requirement. She would never stray from his side. She would rarely do her “business” in the dog park – she would rather roll in some “scented” lawn section and then instead wait for her walk. While she proved that she could, she rarely used to doggy doors that led from our house to our fenced back yard.
Sassy was one-of-a-kind: a strong, solo-minded woman who knew what she wanted and lived for it during her all-too-short-life. Loved by Dot, she is so embedded in Don’s heart and mind that her loss has affected him as much with renewal as with despair.
A little over a year ago Bubba came from a Washington State shelter, where he had been listed as a stray.
A nice, big boy, he was estimated to be 13+ years of age. According to him,
"Someone gave me a bad haircut, so I look a little funny!
"I see some and hear less, but my nose works great, and I can find my food bowl, which is all that matters.
"The doctor says I have some damaged discs and more is being looked at about that. My blood work is pretty good for an old boy, but my longs look a littly iffy. Not sure why just yet. I have thickened intestinal walls so my foods will have to be catered to a sensitive tummy.
I am enjoying the company of foster brothers and sisters, but I don't really know how to play."
Sadly, we lost Bubba due to congestive heart failure.
“Joseph S. Blaner, 83. He was born June 17, 1934 in Elyria and was a 1953 graduate of Elyria High School. Joe received his teaching certificate from Kent State University and retired from the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, where he taught precision machining. Previously he was employed at Stanadyne, Ridge Tool, Bendix, General Industries and as a scuba diver for the Lorain County Sheriff's Department. Joe served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserves and was a 50 year member of the Elyria Masonic Lodge #787 in Elyria. He enjoyed racing, building cars and adored his pets, most recently his beloved Sammy.”
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