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My Dearest Eli #350139
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Yesterday I said good bye to my dear sweet Eli. My heart is broken but I am so thankful to have had him in my life. He was the joy of my life. And a braver dog just doesn't exist. I loved him so much. teary teary teary

Please come back as I want to write more, but I keep breaking down every time I start.


Rosa

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Re: My Dearest Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #350141
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I'm so sorry. The pain can be unbearable. Run free, Eli.


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Write when you can Rosa. It may ease the pain a little, but it also honors your great boy to keep his stories alive.

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Earlier this week I had a feeling. It was a gift from G-d. There had been so many times when I thought it was time, but my little guy would always come back. He was such a trooper. But last week was different. He was clearly struggling more so I made the appointment. I don't really know if I believed it was time, I think the mind tries to protect us from the feelings associated with this. But there was clearly a part of me that just knew.

On Tuesday I made the appointment for Thursday morning. Wednesday morning I was up early and off to the store to buy things for his celebration of life party. Eli loved his food!!! All morning I was busy cooking and baking for my boy. We've had so much rain lately but G-d gave me two days of dry weather. This allowed me to leave the younger pups out most of Wednesday while my focus could be on Eli and let me tell you, he was loving every moment.

For awhile he even came into the kitchen with me to supervise me and of course, get samples. He loved all the samples.

Early afternoon I brought the pups in and they all enjoyed cake.


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Tuesday night it became perfectly clear that it was time. He lost all control of his bladder and I think he had gone into kidney failure on Wednesday. He really went downhill those last 48 hours. He was consuming massive amounts of water and loosing rivers of urine. I was so very thankful that I had that appointment on Thursday, I think it would have been a disaster if I hadn't. At least this way he was able to go out without pain and that means the world to me.


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I had explained to Eli the night before that he would be getting two shots. The first would put him in the most restful sleep ever, the second would release his soul.


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I think Eli taught me that there is no such thing as one heart dog. They are all heart dogs!!! They are all that once in a lifetime dogs. They are all so very precious.

Eli was the most gentle of all giants. Weighing over 120 pounds there was just so much to love about it. Some of my favorite times was when I layed on the floor snuggling with him, there was just so much of him to love and cuddle with.

The past couple of years he had fecal incontinence. I will never understand someone who would put a dog down because of this. It was an honor to be able to be here for him like he was always there for me. Its rare that we get to return such love, I'm so thankful I didn't miss out on that. It was such a small price to pay for such a loyal friend.


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I loved him sooooooooooo much. I am so thankful for the steroids that gave him a new lease of life for so much longer. Once again he was able to catch ball and oh how proud he was to catch that ball. fetch His whole face just lit up!!!

He got to travel and see the states. I'll never forget that first road trip with him. I had been driving for awhile with no place to pull over. I found a place up on a hill above a fire station and a casino that was safe to stop and let the pups out. Shiloh and Shoshi stayed close, but not my Eli. Before I knew it he was down the hill and right into the casino!!! I was hurrying the other pups back into the car so I could chase down Eli. I found him standing by someone playing the slots. He was likely attracted to all the lights and sounds. But I got him out of there and back to the car.

Then there was the time we had stopped by a river in Idaho. Eli had something and was thrilled with it. He was playing keep away from the other pups, I thought it was so cute I was taking pictures. He rolled it, oh he had something good. It was then that I decided to take a closer look and discovered it was a very dead fish!!! We crossed the rest of Idaho with the windows down but I've got to say it didn't help much. The smell coming from that boy was just awful.


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Eli was all about fun. I remember when we were doing a balloon release after Shiloh passed. I can't tell you how many times I had to call him off the hill so he could be part of the 'service'.

Eli was the official ball returner. Whenever I thru the ball from them it was Eli that would always bring back the ball. That was his job and he took it very seriously.

He didn't care much for Kody when he arrived. Shoshi took the little guy under her wings but Eli really wanted nothing to do with the little critter. After Shoshi passed Eli stepped up to the plate and took over with Kody. He played with him and really helped with the little guy. He was such a trooper.


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Eli loved his food and he loved treats. I'll never forget one time he was in the lower part of the back yard laying. I was at the top (some distance away) when I broke a cookie in my pocket. Next thing I knew he was hobbling up the hill to get 'his cookie'. He always got his cookies. Sometimes he would walk over to me (no easy feat at times) but he would give me 'that look' (he wanted a cookie). I always got up and got him a cookie for him, usually several cookies.

Even with his condition, he never missed a meal. He had his dinner the night before and breakfast the day of.


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And thank you Val for providing a place where our dogs are cared about by an entire community. Here its personal.


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I've written about how brave he was and wanted to add this. Every single time I arrived home Eli somehow managed to greet me at the door. I can't even begin to describe what an effort this so was for him, but never once did he not greet me at the door teary


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I just realized, Eli was the lightest 120 pounds I ever lifted. Isn't it amazing how strong love is.


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Originally Posted by Shilohsmom
Every single time I arrived home Eli somehow managed to greet me at the door. I can't even begin to describe what an effort this so was for him, but never once did he not greet me at the door teary


You were his light and he was your angel. Now he has his wings and will run free without pain again. angel


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I always said I was so happy Eli came to me. I think he required a home with lots of patience. When the pups were young I would always back their crate up to the sliding glass doors so they could go out on the deck to go potty while I went to work. This worked great as the pet couldn't get the crate to move as their weight would hold it down.

Eli was the first dog ever to figure out if he pushed the crate out of the way he would have access to the house. In no time he had destroyed the sofa, the chair and the loveseat. Not all at the same time. I never got mad at him as I'm sure he was sure there was a squeekie somewhere inside all that stuffing, but he did get a lecture about how he wasn't suppose to do that each time. And each time he gave me the look as if to say 'I got it Mom' 'I'll never do that again for sure Mom'. Ok, we would go on.

One day I came home to this weird white stuff all over the front of my bedroom door. When I looked inside it was hard to believe what I saw. He had chewed up the down comforter, the sheets, the feather bed, and the mattress. It was snowing feathers and down in the room. And there, right in front of me and in the perfect Sit position was my boy Eli. His little ears were back and his eyes wide open, he was covered in feathers. I looked at him and I said 'I didn't agree with what he did, but its ok. I told him I loved him and with that he spun around giving me that puppy bow as if to say 'You wanta play???' At that moment it was clear to me there was nothing more important than how he felt about himself. I'm so glad I never got mad.

After that I actually turned the middle bedroom into a kennel, complete with fencing inside attached to the walls 2x4s. Eli also enjoyed chewing through walls.


Rosa

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Originally Posted by SeanRescueMom
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Every single time I arrived home Eli somehow managed to greet me at the door. I can't even begin to describe what an effort this so was for him, but never once did he not greet me at the door teary


You were his light and he was your angel. Now he has his wings and will run free without pain again. angel


Thanks. I'm so thankful he is free from that body and his soul can now run again and be with Shiloh and Shoshi again.


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Here's a picture of Eli and that fish carcus I wrote about earlier.

[Linked Image]trip 026 by Rosa Mack, on Flickr

Not doing a lot of pic's yet as I know Flickr is closing and that's what I use right now for pics, but didn't want to pass of posting this picture


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I have this candle I bought on one of our road trips. It was always to special to burn so I just kept it in a safe place. I ended up lighting it with the loss of each pet. Here's it lit for Eli

[Linked Image]IMG_3349 by Rosa Mack, on Flickr


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This is one of my favorite pictures. It was from Sept of last year, He's had been on steroids for awhile and was again catching the ball. I just love the look in his eyes. He looked so happy

[Linked Image]IMG_1771 by Rosa Mack, on Flickr


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Eli was a lucky boy to have such a devoted Mom in you Rosa.
He will be missed by many. I'm so sorry for your loss. This is a sad night.
{ huge hugs} to you my friend.


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