Monday, 9 November 2009

Our Beautiful Abby...

Betdonayr Princess Abby (her pedigree name)
July 1999 - November 7th 2009.

Our beautiful 10 year old Golden Retriever, Abby, was put to sleep on Saturday evening...
Abby had been breathing strange for a few days and didn't seem to be getting any better. She was unable to lay on her front like dogs normally do, and had to lay on her side, but still couldn't breathe properly - she'd start off breathing hard in and seemed to have to force the air back out, then after about ten minutes her breathing would be quick, something like 4 breaths to my one.
We took her to the vets and saw a lovely lady. She said that because Abby had had a mastectomy earlier on in the year, it had probably spread to her lungs which was making it uncomfortable for her to breathe in certain positions. She said that we could give her water tablets to lessen the fluid in her lungs but it was just delaying the inevitable and it wouldn't make her better. We couldn't face taking her home again knowing that it was to be so short lived...

She was one crazy dog who loved the water and fireworks. She was like a puppy still, and could do head over heels. She would trim all her toe nails and would wash Sophie's face and ears... she will be sadly missed by us all here for a long time...


  1. So sorry for your loss , but I hope you get peace of mind frm knowing that you gave her the last kindness that you could.
    Thinking of you XXX

  2. Sorry to hear you've lost your best friend.
    Sending hugs.

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. Our lab is big and bouncy and still thinks he is 8 weeks old. I dont know where we would be without him. Labs and retrievers are the dog worlds optimists arent they! I am sure you did the right thing and it sounds like she had the best home and the best life ever. She was one very happy dog. I hope you feel better soon.

  4. I'm so sorry, Roz & family - losing a dog is like losing a family member. What a beauty she was and just think of all the wonderful memories and pictures to remember her by.

  5. sending you a {{{hug}}} no words can express that loss.

  6. Hi!

    I have stumbled across your blog and was very sad to read about the loss of your lovely dog. We too recently lost our 8yr old yellow lab to cancer only a few months ago. I am still very heartbroken and miss him terribly. People have been very kind and supported me through this sad time but nothing can take away the pain that you feel. I don,t think I have managed to get through a day where I don't think about him and shed a few tears.

    Thinking of you and your family.


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