Monday, February 09, 2009

Scooby, 1999-2009


It's a sad day in the Miller house. We had to have one of my mom's dogs put to sleep today. Scooby came to us in 1999, shortly after I left for college. He was a miniature schnauzer, the runt of his litter, who belonged to our neighbors. They never had the time or patience for him, so when my mom offered to take him off their hands, they obliged.
He was very active in his younger years--hopping, howling, chasing the other dogs, running just for the heck of it. However, when he was six years old, he was diagnosed with diabetes, and it's been downhill from there. He took two shots of insulin daily, spent insane amounts of time at the vet, and within the last year or two his liver had begun to give him problems and he went completely blind.
No matter how bad he felt or what health problems popped up, he was always a sweet dog, loving, more than happy to cuddle and play and explore.
For the last week he had begun to go downhill. As it turned out, he had a blockage in his intestines, either from something he ate or some scar tissue. We knew, due to all of his health issues, that he would not be strong enough to pull through surgery. After medicines and other measures to cure the problem, we decided this morning to have him put to sleep.
We're all sad...my mom, our vet and all of his employees, me, the other dogs in the house. There's a noticeable void here, and there will be for a long time. Fortunately, though, Scooby is no longer in any pain and doesn't have to endure any more medical treatments. We will donate his leftover food and medications to the vet's office to distribute for free to other families with pets who need them.
He was a sweet dog...one of a kind. He was a blessing for 10 years. I don't think we could've asked for any more than that.

40 comments:

  1. I'm so so sorry to hear of your loss. I know that Scooby was a member of your family.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your loss, but it sounds like you made the right choice. I know the difficulty in making that decision and the sadness it brings to all members of the family. It sounds like he found a wonderful family with all of you though to live his life. That's an adorable picture of him too.

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  3. I'm so sorry, Andi. It's never easy, even when we know it's the right thing to do. I'm thinking of you. Hugs.

    Lezlie

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss, Andi :( My boyfriend's dog has diabetes, and recently she went blind too because of it. It's not easy to see an animal go through that.

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  5. Oh honey, I am so sorry. I'm glad poor Scooby isn't in pain anymore. I'll keep you and your mom (and the other little puppies too!) in my prayers. (((Andi and mom)))

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  6. Oh, Andi, I'm so sorry. Your family chose the compassionate thing to do, but it's got to be one of the hardest things in the world. The loss of a pet leaves such a huge void. Lots of love and hugs to all of the Millers.

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  7. My thoughts are with you Andi.

    My father has 4 miniature schnautzers and if one of them is gone for awhile, the others mope around. I can't imagine what he'll do when one of them dies.

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  8. Oh Andi, I feel so bad for you and your family. We're thinking about you and Scooby and know that he's happily, freely, not blindly, wagging his tail in heaven with others like our little Nola right now, just waiting until we join them one day.

    Hang in there. We're thinking about you. ((((HUGS))))

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss :(

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  10. Losing a pet is never easy. I'm so sorry.

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  11. I'm so sorry Andi. My mom had to put our dog to sleep right before I got home in December. :( *hugs*

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  12. Oh no.. I'm so sorry Andi. Hugs to you guys!

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  13. I'm sorry for your loss, Andi.

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  14. Oh Andi, *big hugs* to you...I know exactly how you are feeling having just had to put my darling Caribou to sleep at the end of January. I love the photo you have posted here of Scooby - he was a beautiful boy and he was lucky he had you in his life. Be kind to yourself - grieving is a process...but know you are not alone.

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  15. I am so sad for you and your mom, Andi. It's so hard to make those decisions but you would never want him to suffer. Hugs and love to you.

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  16. I'm so sorry, Andi. It's never easy. Take care.

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  17. Oohhh...sorry to hear about Scooby.

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  18. Sorry to hear about your dog!

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  19. I'm so sorry, Andi. That is such an adorable photo!

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  20. Sorry to hear about Scooby. Its always so sad having to say goodbye, even when you know its the right thing for him.

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  21. I'm so sorry for your loss. But he's in a better place.

    Sending prayers for you and your family.

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  22. I'm sorry to hear about this, Andi. It's never easy losing a pet. They really do become part of the family.

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  23. I'm so sorry Andi. It's never easy.

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  24. Oh girl I am so sorry for your loss. ((hugs)) to you.

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  25. I'm so sorry to hear this! Losing an animal that's a member of the family is one of the hardest things, especially when you have to make the decision that you did. Scooby looks like he was a wonderful little dog. That photo is just adorable. *hugs*

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear this. It's like losing a huge part of the family when a pet dies. When we lost our dog this past summer, it was horrible.

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  27. I had you bookmarked from a previous Weekly Geeks, and I finally got around to coming here to check things out, and I see this sad post. :( I am so sorry. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a pet, even when you know that it is the right thing to do. You have my condolences.

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  28. Oh, Andi! I'm so sorry. I know what that feels like.

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  29. So sorry for your loss, sweetie.

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  30. So sorry for your loss - hug Daisy extra close!

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  31. Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet is terrible - TERRIBLE. But I also give you credit for doing the right thing...so many people allow their animals to suffer for their own feelings.

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  32. Oh I am so sorry to hear about your loss! What a precious dog.

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  33. Awww, I'm so sorry to hear about Scooby. Such a terrible thing to go through. But your family was blessed for sharing your love and home with Scooby. ((Hugs to you all))

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  34. Aww, I'm so sorry. Scooby looks like such a sweet pup. *hugs*

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  35. hey you, i thought i posted but must not have been signed in.. im sorry andi and sending good wishes you and moms way
    peace
    syl

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  36. I am so very sorry for your loss. Even though it relieves the dog of pain it doesn't make it any easier. We went through that experience about 2 years ago now and I still miss our dog sometimes. Even though we eventually got another, who is a wonderful dog, it doesn't replace our love for Razz. All my best to you and your family.

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