Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our Minnie Bean

Sept 11, 2002 - Dec 13, 2010
protective minnie

I know this may seem strange to those of you that have never had a pet before. But I need to say something about our sweet sweet dog that was a very important part of our family. I can't seem to get over that she is gone.

About 2 weeks ago, she was acting very sick. I took her to the vet and discovered she had a virus and her lungs were inflamed. They also took blood samples and sent them off to a pathologist for testing because her lymph nodes were swollen. After bringing her home she was still not doing well. We couldn't get her to keep her food down. Later in the week I received a phone call from the same vet saying she tested positive for Lymphoma. I was shocked! I thought for sure her Lymph nodes were swollen due to her being sick. They can do chemo on dogs, however, the side affects are the same for a dog as they are for a human and they say about 50% of the dogs die from infection after chemo then they do from the cancer itself. The fact that Minnie hadn't kept food down for a whole week was really starting to worry us. We took her to the vet again and he gave us a paste to give to her 4 times a day hoping she would at least keep that down over the weekend and we could work from there. If she couldn't keep it down, he said we would need to have another kind of conversation. We knew what he meant. Minnie couldn't keep it down. By Sunday she wasn't even keeping water down. She had lost so much weight. She started hiding behind our big chair in our living room and would make wimper noises when we pet her. Tim and I made the decision to put an end to her pain. We had her put down on Monday. We both bawled in the vets office saying our last goodbyes to her, and for about a straight hour afterwards. It was the hardest, worst day of my life. It will take some real getting use to her not being here. She was our first baby, our shadow, our greeter, our protector, our companion, and most of all our best friend.

A few great memories we had with our Minnie Bean:

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Minnie would claw her way up the slide to be with us. Tim helped her back down.

singing
She's singing me a song. We could even get her to sound like she was saying I love you.

protective buddy
Probably one of my most favorite pictures of Minnie. She was so stressed about protecting Aubri from the splashes after Aubs would throw a rock in the water. I thought it was so sweet.

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She's in her protective element here too. She had a thing about the water.

last goodbyes

i <3 minnie

12 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so so sorry! Poor puppy. I'm so sorry for your family, I love our dog and I would be so sad if we were put in that situation. My thoughts are with you guys.

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  2. I'm so sorry Nicole! I can tell you guys really loved her, at least she had a good life with your family, and I'm glad you have those pictures to remember her by.

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  3. Oh Nicole I'm so so so sorry. I know your dog meant a lot to you and Tim.

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  4. I am SO sorry and I am very sad for you. Minnie was so lucky to have such a wonderful family.
    I love the photo you have of her hanging out the car window.

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  5. Minnie was such a great dog, her dedication was unending. I will never forget her jumping out the 2nd floor window at the OC house. So sorry for your guys' loss.

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  6. Makes me hurt for you over your loss. So very sorry. Loved your tribute to her.

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  7. Nicole I'm so sorry. I would be a mess if I lost one of my cats. But just think of all the wonderful memories you have of her. She'll always be in your hearts.

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  8. I'm so glad you have such wonderful memories and photos of your Minnie! <3

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  9. ;( i love her,ill miss her ,and singing with her ;(

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  10. I'm so sorry Nicole! I can't believe it happened so fast---and yet that can be almost bittersweet. I'd hate to see her suffer too long. I'm sure you'll see her again in heaven because she seems so sweet. I don't know about some of the dogs I've owned...I'm not sure if I want to see them again in heaven. :) They're probably in doggie hell.

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  11. I'm sorry Nicole for your loss of a family member. What a sweet dog she was.

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  12. Oh Nicole, I'm sorry. However most of us don't even have pictures like the ones you've been able to take with her. So at least you have those to look back on :)

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