My house is quieter by another breath today. Tsuki has lost his best friend and mentor.
For the last several weeks we've been struggling to help Oso with pain caused by disk degeneration and narrowing of the spinal canal. At first the prednisone worked miracles, but its effectiveness was dropping off. And it flushes calcium and he already had problems maintainig calcium levels. So we turned to acupuncture. The first treatment seemd to do not much. Two days later, a Sunday, he was in pain. He couldn't get comfortable. I gritted my teeth and waited until I could talk to his acupuncturist. He was improved by then but not back even to the baseline that caused my initial vet visit. My acupuncturist suggested we try another treatment, and since he seemed to be only uncomfortable I agreed. But I promised him that if he had another episode like Sunday's I'd call the game.
Today I kept my promise to Oso that I would not make him feel such pain again.
Going out was still a treat for him and visitors a source of stress so no housecall for us. But we drove around for a while, stopped in the park, and then made the last visit to his veterinary friend. And a friend she is. She cuddled him almost as much as I did.
And afterward she agreed that bringing Tsuki in was a good idea. Having been warned by stories before I knew pretty much what to expect. But I was actually surprised. Tsuki's reaction was quite obvious. It wasn't disinterest. It was both recognition of death and a rejection of it. He stepped back quickly, turned his back and asked the vet for pets.

I shall miss the little toad, and so will his friends across the globe.

Diane Blackman
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Diane,
I'm so sorry to hear of Oso's passing. The world has lost another Good Dog.
Run free, Oso.
Shelly & The Boys
My house is quieter by another breath today. Tsuki has lost his best friend and mentor. I shall miss the little toad, and so will his friends across the globe.

Godspeed Oso.
And wishing you peace and good memories.
It is so very hard.
~~Judy
My heartfelt sympathies.
I'm sorry
diddy
Oh Diane! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend!

I've loved your Oso stories since I first found this group, and feel as if I knew him.
My heart goes out to you.
-Shannon and Guinness
I shall miss the little toad, and so will his friends across the >globe.

Indeed, we will. I'm so sorry to hear this...
My house is quieter by another breath today. Tsuki has lost his best friend and mentor.

I am very sorry for you, it seems like only yesterday that you gave sad news for your girl.
Little to say but for we fact that we feel for you and hope you can be strong for tsuki
Diana (& Cindy, the loonytoon weim pup)
My house is quieter by another breath today. Tsuki has lost his best friend and mentor.

I'm so sorry, Diane.
Mary
My house is quieter by another breath today. Tsuki has lost his best friend and mentor. For the last several ... and asked the vet for pets. I shall miss the little toad, and so will his friends across the globe.

I am so sorry! What a horrible time you have had of it. I am glad that Oso is free of pain and that you had the years that you had with him and were strong enough to let him go when he needed to go. Give Tsuki some lovin' for all of us here, and enjoy the lovin' you get back. I will cry and pray for both of you tonight.

Paula
"Paula talks tough, and she wears vicious lipstick, but she lacks the depth of hate that I have spent many years cultivating." The Avocado Avenger
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