Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Aggie

Well, I've been quoting my brother's father-in-law a lot lately because you know how it is. Life is just one damn thing after another.

As some of you know, I'm pretty much a dog person--except for the five years Ken and I lived in married student housing, I've always had one and often more than one. For the past few years, we shared our home with the Beast (Zora, a 180-pound newfie) and Beauty (Aggie, a not 180-pound Field Spaniel).

Now here's the wonderful thing about Aggie, not counting her stubby tail which NEVER stops moving. Aggie prefers the boys to me. She's over the moon about the kids, and while at times I've pointed out to her that if she'd only worshipped ME a little more, I would have never brought home Zora, I love how much she loves our guys.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, Aggie started having these violent seizures. At first she'd jump right back up on her feet after they were over. She'd look around and wag her tail and go "Dude! What was THAT all about?" And for awhile she seemed to respond to medication. But this weekend she began seizing more frequently and more violently. By Sunday night I could tell she no longer knew who we were.

I took her into the vet yesterday, who said it was time. So the family gathered and said our good-byes. I told her I expected her to be on the foot of Geoff's bed in London by nightfall.

And I'm sure she was.

13 comments:

Anna said...

It's hard to say good-bye to pets who are well-loved. My children still talk about our two cats we lost last summer. Feel for you today.

Tiffany said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Sarah said...

Oh, so sad. I'm sorry, Cannons.

wjmom said...

Our pets become part of our family, which I just learned in the past couple of years. The loss of a pet is a terrible, painful loss. My love is coming your way!

Amelia said...

So sorry. May Aggie have many little boys to chase and adore in doggie heaven.

Sara Z. said...

So sorry about beautiful Aggie. She had a great life with you guys!

LucindaF said...

Noooo! Oh my goodness, Ann. I am so sorry. I loved her. I felt so special when she kissed me goodbye that one time.

This is so sad. I'm sorry Cannon boys and Cannon girl.

Erin said...

I alwasy like Aggie and you know me, I am NOT a dog person. She was always so gentle and a quiet dog. I'm sorry for your loss.

Jayne said...

Our (well Sterling's, but she lived at my house for 12 years) lovely Malamute developed dementia and died about 10 years ago. Sometimes I drive by a dog park and think, " I wonder if Sterling ever brings Hooch here..." even though boy is a father now and dog left the earth so long ago.

shelley said...

Oh, Aggie......Trev & I will miss her! I've always felt like I belonged to an elite club because she remembered me every single time we came over. Such a sweet dog. I loved how she would bring her leash to Trev & I when we house-sat to lovingly remind us of our duties.
Walter has seizures. Its horrific to see your dog go through. I'm so sorry, Ann. Can't help but think of all the fabulous puppy reunions we will have in the next life, and in my imagination dogs can always speak our language in heaven :).

Randi said...

I will especially miss her butt wiggle! She was totally sleeping at the foot of Geoff's bed that night.

Sherpa said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My childhood dog (I was 7 when we got Spot and 21 when he died) was a Springer Spaniel and I still think about that dog. All dogs are great, but I've got a special place in my heart for Spaniels.

Donna said...

I am sorry......I still remember every time a sweet dog passed...I have had the greatest dogs...I know all dogs go to heaven..