Sunday, April 13, 2008

In Memory of: Tanner

First let me say I really had a sad weekend. Not that I don't have enough going on in my life but my doggy, Tanner, got real sick and I had to have her put to sleep Saturday. Isn't she such a cutie? My DH and I noticed that Tanner wasn't eating much this past week. She has done that in the past and I didn't think a lot about it. She was drinking water and still peeing and I knew that was important. I figured she wasn't pooping since she was eating. Friday night she didn't really want to get up and go outside but did it with effort. I called the vet Saturday morning about 8:30 and gave them the scenario and they said to bring her in about 10:00. Floyd and I went and got some breakfast and came back home about 9:20. Tanner was on the living room floor and couldn't get up. She had vomited on the carpet which totally upsets her to do anything like that. We tried to get her to her feet and couldn't. I had to call my son to come and help put her in the car...he only lives a few blocks from us so that didn't take long. We got her to the vet and I of course went in to the office crying like a mad woman and told them we couldn't bring her in the front door so they helped up carry her in her blanket in the back door. We put her on the floor on her blanket and I got on the floor with her so she wouldn't be scared. The vet checked her and we held her up so her abdoment could be checked. The short story to that is she had a mass in her stomach and it seemed to have busted and she was bleeding internally. Our option was to spend about $2000 to see if she was fixable or not. With all the things in my life right now....we opted out of that. I didn't want her to go through all of that....she was almost 9 years old and that is good for such a big dog. I sat with her on the floor with her head in my lap and the dr. drugged her so she would go to sleep. She slept so soundly she was snoring. That is when the vet put her to rest eternally. She went peacefully while I held her and petted her. I stayed with her for a while and then covered her and left her in her blanket. She is being cremated and her asked scattered at the local pet cemetery. She will be with all the other loved animals that have crossed that Rainbow Bridge. The vet's office made a casting of her paw print in clay while I was there and will send it to me this week.

This is the first time in my married life of 35 years that I haven't had a dog. With my situation we won't have one for a while. Maybe later after all of this medical stuff with me is over with.

Please say a prayer for Tanner as she is at peace. Also give your four legged loved ones a hug for me. There is nothing like the hug from them. That's what I am going to miss the most.


Mrs. Nancy G said...

So sorry to have read the news Rita.


Unknown said...

Oh Rita,

I am so sorry for your loss. I have said a prayer for you and Tanner. Know that Tanner will be over the Rainbow Bridge wiating for you. I know how this feels as our Roscoe has left us after 15 years. I am so sorry for your loss right now. She was BEAUTIFUL.

May God Bless you at this time.

Inky Huggz,

Missy Olson
Angel #1754
North Branch, MN

Angela K said...

Oh rita, I am so sorry! Sending you big hugs.

Vicki Hook said...

Om my goodness Rita, that is so sad! I felt my heart break as I read that - you did a good job of writing your story. I'm glad Tanner didn't have to suffer long!

Sonja said...

I just lost my beloved dog, Cocos, a month ago, so I know exactly how you are feeling. Our dogs hold a special place in our hearts and it is hard to let them go. You will always have the wonderful memories of all the love and joy Tanner brought into your life.

Percy said...


I am so sorry for your loss. I will have you and her in our prayers!



Lisadwb said...

Oh Rita, I am so sorry. I pray that God will give you peace.

Char said...

Hey lil buddy,

I know we already talked and you know my feelings....I am an animal lover through and through and I know how hard it is to have to let one of them go.

Even tho I already knew about your loss, I still had to come read it and of course am sitting here bawling!

Annie and I send you huge hugs!!

Hang in there!!!!! And, know I love you!


Anonymous said...

Rita..I'm so sorry to hear about Tanner. It is so hard to lose a pet. I know what a great dog she was. Allison is going to be heartbroken when I tell her the news. Big hugs to you & Floyd!

TinaB said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I have a dog and I love her to bits so know how you feel (I've also lost a dog too) I know we haven't met but I just wanted to say, if you need a chat I'm here xx

Kazza said...

lots of hugs Rita

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear this--especially with all you're going through to have to add this. I can't imagine losing my dog that way right now... HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Rita, I am so sorry about Tanner. My heart just aches for you. I know how it is to love our fur kids and lose them. They love us so unconditionally that sometimes I think it hurts worse when they go. Know that you are in my heart always and that my fur kids send their love, wet kisses and purrs your way!