Saturday, April 10, 2010

R.I.P. holden (June 7, 1998 - April 9, 2010)



holden had to be put to sleep last night, he ate a stick that lodged in his intestines and poked a hole through both sides and became infected. he was his normal happy self yesterday morning, went on a walk jumping around a creek and everything, and then yesterday afternoon threw up and started acting sluggish and by 4pm for the first time in his entire life he wouldn't eat a treat i put next to his nose so we took him to the vet and he could hardly walk and they took xrays and gave him a morphine drip and got him ready for surgery and we went back there with him and petted him and told him he's a good boy and they called a couple hours later while he was on the operating table and said the infection was too bad and i gave permission to put him to sleep and cremate him. he was only in pain for a few hours tops. he was almost 12 and his cancer was growing back and i feel lucky he didn't go through more suffering. i'm okay and nacho is okay, we're all okay. he taught me so much about responsibility and commitment and unconditional love. sorry for the bad news HUG your pets from holdielocks. i love you dog.

6 comments:

kid D said...

oh skippy i'm so sorry. he was a great dog. i am happy to have known him, pet him and even have been licked by him. i'll make ask youshi to smile in holden's honor when i visit him tomorrow. much love you you and nacho.

phil said...

Holden was very lucky to have you as a mother. You are very lucky to have him as a pet.

aunt jojo said...

Oh, Heath, we are so sorry. Your heart is surely aching. Holden was your faithful friend and companion. Sending hugs to you.

skippy haha said...

thank you so much. i feel like my heart was smacked with a hammer. but in reality he was a 'problem dog' and it was a matter of when his oral fixation and propensity to eat whatever he wanted was going to catch up with him. he was a lucky dog & i'm a lucky dog.

jason said...

damn... you were an amazing friend and mother to that dog. My black lab, Cole, was put to sleep 9/5/09 and I still miss him every night around the time we'd go for a walk. I'm sad to say that I didn't have the stamina (mentally and financially) to extend his life - as you did so many times for Holden.

It's hard. Hang in there kiddo.

skippy haha said...

Jason, thanks for the comment, i'm sorry about your good boy Cole. i think it's so hard because they're so innocent.