Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord...Job 1:20b

September 2000-October 2010

Only a Scott is in this room, today only a Scott is missing.

Our Biddy has passed away. It was very sudden and unexpected. She began not feeling well for a few hours at a time. This started last Tuesday, then she was fine until Saturday. We thought she ate something that didn't agree with her. When she got sick again on the following Tuesday I took her to the Vet. She had a temp of 102. He tested her for: limes, sugar, and heart worm, all results negative.. He gave her Anti-biotic injections, and pills. She was to come back in a few days for a complete blood panel.

We were to go away Friday a 4 hr. trip to a college interview for Frankie, in Grove City. She didn't seem improved so I called to take her up for the blood work Thursday. It came back that she had panceatitis. She was put on a strict diet, and Antibiotics and was to go back in 7 days for more blood work. Friday she seemed perky and improved so we went (just overnight, planning to be back Sat afternoon).

. We left at 3pm Friday, and she was fine. Saturday at 11 am our friend and neighbor, Ralph, who was taking care of her called and said she was fine Friday evening, but wouldn't eat the morning meal and wouldn't go out. We assumed she was just pouting and didn't think much of it for we would be leaving to head home in 2 hrs.

We got another call at 1pm just as we were preparing to head home. Ralph called our Keri, he was going over to the house every hour from 7am and felt things were getting worse. Keri went over to find she couldn't walk, she tried but collapsed. We told her to go straight to the ER with her.

We recieved one call after the other, each with worse news. She was bleeding internally, she was anemeic, and limp as a rag doll. They did an ultra sound and determined a tumor had erupted and was bleeding into her abdomen. They withdrew fluid from her abdomen and it was all blood.The vet said 75% of the time these tumors were cancerous and it was a cancer of the blood vessels. I cannot remember the type of tumor she named. She said many times if they open a dog up in these situations they find a belly full of cancer and have to call to put the dog down. If she survived she would have to undergo kemo, and 75% of the time it reoccurs aggressively. The surgery would only give her 3-6 months if that.

I asked if she could keep her comfortable til we got there and she said she would try but she was in very bad condition, and couldn't promise us anything.

The Lord was kind and 4.5 hours later we arrived to find she was still alive. We had about 40 minutes with her. She recognized us and wagged her tail when they carried her in. They had disconnected her from the IV to see us, and in that time we could see her breathing going down hill again. We decided to let her go.

We brought her home, and the next day Frank built her the most beautiful box and we lined it in felt batting, wrapped her in a a new red fleece (a gift from our Keri's family) and placed her with her favorite red ball and bone in the back yard. Her very favorite place to be.
God was good to let us have such a wonderful little friend these 10 very short years.
There is truly a great big whole in our hearts and our home.

Sara is our neighbor's dog who preceded Biddy over the
"Rainbow Bridge". They were the best of friends.


The Strawberry Mallard said...

Oh my....oh we cannot tell you how much we are hurting for you.....with all our heart, we are praying for you, for eace and for knowing that your angel will be the other end of the Rainbow Bridge.......may God comfort you.
With love, Nancy, G-dog and Becky

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers, Nancy. There is a great big gaping whole in our home without our little Biddy, but the Lord is very kind and near. How wonderful it is to know Him, "...Who is even able to subdue all things unto Himself" (Phil. 3:21) and make all things new.
Kiss your Scotties for us.
Love, Lisa

The Strawberry Mallard said...

Lisa I can't tell you how badly we feel for all of you......going through it with our own angel.

God knew that you could not handle being unable to see Biddy one more time...He helped her to cross over and made the transition easier.
All I can keep saying is that we are all so very very sorry.If we can do anything to help ease the pain, know that we will from here.
'With loving prayers,
Nancy and all of the menagerie

Lacy said...

Our hearts ache along with you and your family. Please know Biddy is in our prayers.
Lacy - Portland, OR
ASTR (Scottie Rescue)

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Biddy. Those diehard Scotties can live with so much wrong with them and then when they decide to leave us, they go fast.

Hold fast to your memories of her - the good times and laugh as you remember her antics. And know that now she is in a place where pain can touch her no more. I truly believe that we will see our sweet dogs again in heaven.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time of grieving. And I know their will always be a little Scottie sized hole in your heart.


Jazzi said...

Becky sent me over. I am soo soo sorry about biddy and it is heart breaking.We all hurt with you even though we dont know you. Our prayers are with you and that God will comfort you during this tough time. Before I came along, my family had to lost their dog of 18 yrs, so they know just how you feel.

Diana and Jazzi

Lallee said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your sudden loss. What a sweet lass Biddy was. She was very blessed to have had such a loving and caring home. My heart hurts for you. May God's love be abundant toward you as you mourn her loss.
Love from a Scottie lover,
Lallee and the gang

Miss Jean said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss of your beloved little Biddy. I know how unbearable the pain is from losing a Scotty as we lost our Marjorie due to the same circumstances years ago. But we got a new Scotty, Maggie, two years ago. Not to replace her, but to honor her and the love and joy she gave us.

Maggie and I are sending our love and hugs to you at this so very difficult time.