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My dog, Bandit, died today.

He was about 12 years old. We got him as a puppy around 1993-1994.

He got sick last Thursday night. We took him to the vet, and he was diagnosed with hookworms. He took some medicine for that, and seemed to be getting a bit better, but his breathing was labored. This morning, his breathing seemed to be a bit worse, so I made another appointment for him, and my mom and dad took him there while I was at work.

The vet wanted to sedate him so they could do some bloodwork. As soon as they started administering the sedation, Bandit started convulsing. As I understand it, he never really made it out of the sedation.

It turns out that his kidneys were failing and he had congestive heart-failure, which is typical for a dog his age.

I had been expecting this somewhat since he was 12 years old, but when the time comes, it's still hard. I'm just glad that he did not suffer for very long, and I am grateful for the twelve years that I had with him.

I'm really going to miss him.

I love you Bandit.


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Feb. 3rd, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
sorry tom. it's hard to lose a pet.
Feb. 4th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear that Tom. That's kind of one of the reasons I don't have pets anymore, I'm scared of them dying.

Anyways... I hope you are ok. HUGS
Feb. 4th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
Dear Tom:
Yes, it's a hard passage, I'm sad to hear that you've lost this companion. As others have said, the loss is just as real, just as great as losing a human friend or family member.

Wishing for you time to grieve, and many happy memories to fill your heart as you walk through these sad days.

Feb. 4th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
I too am sorry for your loss.. Bandit was a sweet and loving dog.. He always greeted me with love.. I will miss him too.
Feb. 4th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Tommy, I'm so sorry for your loss...I know how much it hurts. Just remember your time with Bandit...he knows how much you loved him.

My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The Doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head,
As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And OH...his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart thats filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE's installed a 'doggy-door"!

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