Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spuds has Crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Spuds was taken to the vet last Monday October 7th due to lack of appetite and vomiting that came on, seemingly out of nowhere. That day at the vet, an x-ray revealed some minor intestinal inflammation, a spleen mass, and kidney stones.
Spuds' blood work came back the day after his appointment, and revealed very elevated BUN and Creat, which are kidney labs. His labs overall, and professional opinion by our vet, as well as Medvet animal hospital, pointed towards chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.
 
I miss seeing my family all together in snuggle mode.

The medical opinion was also that this had probably been going on for a while (hence, "chronic kidney disease"), but that Spuds didn't show any signs until now. They found some infection in his labs as well. The infection likely threw his health into a tailspin, causing him to finally show some signs of not feeling well.
The spleen mass was likely benign, but until his labs improved, Spuds wouldn't have been able to tolerate surgery or biopsy of it. The biggest issue was the kidneys.

Beautiful Boy

Spuds received iv fluid, antibiotics, and anti nausea treatment from Tuesday through Saturday. From Thursday evening through Saturday evening, he came home in the evenings, as his temperature began dropping without heat support, and we wanted to be with him in the event that he started to decline more rapidly.  We gave him fluids and anti nausea medication throughout the nights. His temperature dropping without heat support was a sign that his body was trying to shut down.

On Saturday, October 12th, Spuds had labs re-drawn. Spuds had endured a very stressful, and likely painful, week. His labs revealed that absolutely nothing had improved. The only reason we decided to try some treatment, was to see if his kidneys could be "jump started," with the possibility of him having some good quality of life left. We decided to see how he did overnight one more time, so that we could spend time with him, and so that all of his loved ones could see him.
Spuds had continued to have periods of nausea and vomiting despite his treatment. He also began having "kidney failure diarrhea." By Saturday evening, he was leaking liquidy diarrhea like fluid, and didn't even seem to realize it was happening. He hadn't been able to eat since the Monday of his first vet appointment.
Saturday was such a special day for him. He was very perky and happy all day, because about 15 friends and family members came to see him throughout the day. It was the best I'd seen him since all this started. Spuds meant so much to so many people, and had made a big mark in a lot of people's hearts.
By Sunday morning (one week ago today), Spuds had a hard time standing up. The kidney toxins had begun eating the proteins in his body. He was suffering and nothing that we tried had made him any better. The only choices we had were to let him die painfully and slowly in the following few days, or to give him a gift of passing peacefully and without additional pain. We chose to end his suffering on Sunday, October 13, 2013.

It has been one week. Our home, and hearts, feel a little empty. We cannot believe that a dog who has been so relatively healthy would have to leave us so suddenly and unexpectedly. We feel, however, blessed to have had the past 9 1/2 years with such an amazing dog. He taught us lessons about life, like how to treat others better, how to have patience, and how to never judge a book by it's cover. Spuds sparked my interest in Pit Bull advocacy. He changed my life, and will forever be my soul dog.

Shadow is adjusting well, although appears a bit bored and clingy.

I only regret that I didn't take more time to share the past several months with all of you on the blog.

My comfort blanket, my soul dog.

Remembering Spuds, ~The Pooch (&Anna&Chad)

49 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about Spuds. I know he left many wonderful memories behind that you will always cherish and keep safe in your heart. Run young and free again, beautiful boy...

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about Spuds. It must have been devastating watching him get sick and pass so quickly. I hope Pip and Spuds are running free through a field of flowers, young and happy, free of pain. I am sending you much peace and healing wishes!

    Kristin (Pip's assistant)

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  3. oh we are so very sorry that Spuds as gone to the Bridge. We are sending many purrrrss and purrayers to you all.

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  4. It's the first time I've visited your blog after hearing about Spud from Ann at Zoolatry, I just wanted to send you our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We know what it's like and we just wanted to send you a virtual hug. Spud was a beautiful boy.

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  5. We didn't know your beloved Spuds but felt we must come over and say how sorry we are that he was very sick and went to Rainbow Bridge. No doubt he will have been met by his old friends there and he will have now be whole again and running about having fun. We are sending many purrs to you in the hope they will help to comfort you.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  6. I am sorry to read you lost your sweet boy and for it to happen so quickly too must have been a hard blow to deal with. You gave your boy a loving family life and he loved you in return. Run free sweet Spuds. Hugs GJ x

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  7. I have never met Spuds before today...but I feel that he was greatly loved by the post you have written and know that he loved you much by how you described him on his favorite day that special Saturday. I, too, am grieving the loss of my baby and I send out my sympathy to you during this difficult time.
    Much Love,
    Mama Mindy of The Slimmer Pugs & Purrs

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  8. We are so sorry about Spuds. It is so very hard when your best buddy gets to sick. That is so sad but he is pain free now and running around like a puppy. Big hugs coming to you.

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  9. Awwwww Spud! We are so sorry to read that angel Spud had gone to the Bridge. We send you all many gentle hugs and purrs. Take care
    x

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  10. We are so very sorry for you loss. We are sending you our very best comforting purrs.
    (((hugs)))
    Maggie May and The Creek Cats

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  11. We did not know Spuds but we wanted to stop by and say how sorry we are for your loss.

    Blessings,
    Maggie Mae and Max

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  12. Rest in peace, sweet Spuds. I'm sure he was a very happy dog.

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  13. We are so very sorry to hear that Supds has gone to The Rainbow Bridge. Purrs of comfort for those he has left behind.

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  14. We heard your sad news from Ann of Zoolarty and wanted to come by and leave you our deepest sympathies. My angel baby Abby left me in the same unexpected and sudden way. I had two weeks of going from "seemingly" good health to her final breath. So I completely understand your shock and bewilderment and the deep deep loss. I will keep your family in my prayers and offer this to you be as gentle as you can upon yourself and know that Spuds was well loved and lived a wonderful fulfilled life with you. You gave him all he ever needed and he was grateful. He was your blessing and you his. I hope that this will bring you some relief and peace. Many blessings to you all.

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  15. So sorry to hear of Spuds' passing. Our prayers are with you at this terrible time

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  16. I didn't know him and I wish I had. But I send love and hugs to the family. We all here in the CB know how sad it is to lose a family member like that. He was so much loved; that is easy to seer and best of all, Spud felt that love and knew he could count on it.

    Please accept my condolences, my friends.

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  17. Dear Anna and Chad:

    We are not familiar with your blog, or your wonderful Spuds but, as a family with a critter suffering medical issues (Nikita), we send hugs and purrs and purrayers to you in your time of loss.

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  18. Sending tender thoughts to your aching heart over the loss of your dear friend.

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  19. I am so sorry to hear of Spuds' crossing. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved family member. Our prayers and purrs of comfort go with you.

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  20. Sweet Bootiful Spuds wun fwee deew boy, pain fwee and wif the knowledge that you wewe so vewy loved. I'm so sowwy that you had to leave. I know youw families heawt is huwting tewwibully.I am sending them healing smoochies fow theiw heawts.
    until we meet ovew the bwidge I send you love
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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  21. Me and my mom-person just wan´t to say we are sorry that Spuds has gone to the Bridge.

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  22. We are so very sorry to hear that Spuds went to the Rainbow Bridge. I lost my soul kitty back in July; the heartbreak of the loss of a pet is just indescribable. Our purrs and prayers are will you during this terrible time.

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  23. We didn't know Spuds, but what a beautiful Bull he was! We are happy that you loved him and he loved you. Please accept our condolences in the loss of this handsome boy,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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  24. We are sorry for the loss of your dear Spuds. It is always too soon and so painful. Sending a hug, purrs and pawtaps.

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  25. What a handsome boy, loving and loved. He'll always have a special place in your heart and your memory. Many prayers go forth to you at this time.
    Ann, and the Zoolatry Girls

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  26. I am so sorry that I did not know of Spuds until today when I read of his passing. I am so very sorry, he was a very handsome fellow and such a good dog. It is always so painful to lose such a wonderful friend. I am sending you lots of rumbly purrs and my Ape sends her love to you

    Mungo xx

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  27. We're so sorry to hear about Spuds. Losing a friend is so hard, but I'm sure he wouldn't have wanted to spend his lifetime with anyone but you! Purrs and thoughts to you. May you always have him in your heart, and let him tell you when the time is right to open your home to another soul in need. - Alana & Crepes.

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  28. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope sweet memories of happy and healthy times with Spuds will bring you comfort soon.

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  29. So very sad for your loss. Spuds was a brave boy until the end wasn't he....and we know how very difficult it is to make the "best" decision sometimes but it sounds like he was saved a lot of suffering by your brave step in letting him go. I'm sure the Bridge is a more lively place with your beloved Spuds running free and making new friends....and saying "he will always be with you" is so trite but true. He will be......forever.

    Hugs, Pam (and Sammy)

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  30. We are all so sorry to hear about your dear Spuds. Purrs, hugs and love from all of us.

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  31. We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful Spuds. We did not know of Spuds until reading of his passing. We can only imagine the grief you feel. Sending comfort and healing prayers your way. RIP sweet Spuds.
    Hugs.
    Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

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  32. We are so very sorry about Spuds crossing over. It is so difficult to lose them, but especially when they seemed healthy for so long and then suddenly, they are gone. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you during this difficult time.

    Luf, Us and Maw

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  33. We are so furry sorry for the loss of your precious Spuds. We send you lots of purrs & purrayers.

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  34. We didn't know Spud, but it is clear he was a loving and much loved woofer. Sending gentle headbumps to you all.

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  35. God's speed to you Spuds.

    we wanted to stop bye and offer R sincerest sympathies to your mom N dad N family during this very difficult time....you are one handsome dude Spuds, we know you will be turning many a head of all the girls in heaven ~~~~

    hugs from the land of trout

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  36. We are so very sorry about Spuds & send a ton of heartfelt prayers & hugs to comfort you. God bless you so much.....

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  37. We are so sorry for your loss. You have our prayers.

    Hugs,
    Oskar & Pam

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  38. You and Chad and the rest of your furry family have our deepest, heartfelt sympathies. It's so hard to make that decision, even when you know it's the right one.

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  39. We're sorry that Spuds has gone to the Bridge. We are sending healing purrs, woofs and prayers to you.

    The Florida Furkids

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  40. We are very sad to know about Spuds. He sure is super duper special.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Take care
    Lorenza and mom

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  41. So sorry you have lost Spuds, such a handsome and loving companion. We send our purrs and prayers.

    Mindy
    Moe
    Cookie
    Mike

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  42. Wee is so sorrisome fur yor loss, wee wishes wee hads nown Spuds butts it is veri plain to see hims wos veri much lovved.
    Run Free Spuds

    Da K Krew

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  43. Oh, no. I'm so very sorry that Spuds had to run over the Rainbow Bridge. We have had to say goodbye to way too many of our furends lately. We know your heart is hurting and we're sending you lots of love in this sad time.

    Gentle wiggles & wags,
    Mayzie

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  44. Lots of purrs and prayers to you all!! Our Maverick went to the Rainbow Bridge earler this month! Our hearts are with you!!
    Hugs from your TX furiends,

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  45. We are so sorry to hear of your loss and know how heart wrenching it is. Many purrs to you.

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  46. We are so sorry for your loss.

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  47. I am so very sorry that Spuds had to go to the Rainbow Bridge. Hug from me and comforting purrs from the kitties.

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  48. So very sorry to hear this......but he is waiting for you.

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