Goodbye, Sweet Rose

rosefreudsmallWe lost our sweet Rose this morning.  She was 10 years old.  Rose and her brother Freud joined our family when they were four months old.  They were the last two of a litter of Golden Retriever mixes from the Shelby County Humane Society.  The plan was to bring home one puppy, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to separate them.

Rose had health problems throughout her life — low thyroid, hip damage that required surgery, and skin problems in the last couple of years that left parts of her virtually hairless.  Despite all that, she was unfailingly sweet and loving.   Freud, who is the picture of health physically, has always been a bit neurotic and easily spooked, and we’re very worried about how he will cope with her absence.

Rose started showing symptoms of a serious neurological problem Friday night.  She had trouble walking and keeping her balance, and she appeared to be in a lot of pain. She was disoriented and agitated.  Her blood work was good, and nothing showed up on x-rays, so the best guess was either a stroke or encephalitis.  The vet did what she could, but Rose didn’t respond to treatment.  We made the decision to let her go so she wouldn’t suffer anymore.

She was a sweet girl.  We will miss her.

19 Responses to “Goodbye, Sweet Rose”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Kathy – So sorry to hear of your loss. We have three from SCHS and we know just how much these animals become part of the family. I hope for the best for Freud. Please keep us posted.

  2. Del says:

    I’m so sorry, Kathy.

  3. Kathy says:

    Thanks, both of you.

  4. Songbird says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Kathy. Hugs to you and especially to Freud.

  5. Katharine says:

    I’m so sorry, Kathy. It’s so hard when a well-loved pet dies.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Well dammit, that just sucks!! I hate death. If you need me to send Lulu the Wonder Dog over to fill the void, just let me know. Not sure what Freud would think though!

  7. Katy says:

    Lulu the wonder dog?

  8. Kathy says:

    Jennifer, I told DH we should rent a dog to keep Freud company. He’d probably love Lulu. Maybe we can work out a deal. ;)

    Katy, Lulu is Jennifer’s Golden Retriever.

  9. Nancy says:

    Being the mother of a rescued animal and a dog lover from way back, I know how attached I am to my second son. My heart goes out to all of you. Love,

  10. Kathy says:

    Thanks, Nancy! It’s amazing how the animals become part of the family.

  11. B says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a family dog is heart wrenching. You did right by your friend. She suffers no more.

  12. Kathy says:

    Thank you. It was hard, but I believe we made the right decision.

  13. Rick says:

    What sad news. I hope you get some solace knowing that you gave her ten years with her brother in loving home.

  14. Kathy says:

    Thanks, Rick. I wish we could have had a few more years, but I’m glad for the ones we got.

  15. Tricia says:

    I’m so sorry.

  16. Loretta Nall says:

    I am very saddened to hear about your Rose. My Saul (German Shepherd) is still young (2 1/2) and I can’t even bring myself to think about that day in our hopefully very distant future. Its amazing how close we get to them.

  17. Kathy says:

    Thanks, Tricia and Loretta. It’s hard to lose them, but I couldn’t imagine life without my sweet furry friends.

  18. Cindi says:

    Kathy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Rose is now playing on the other side of the Bridge. I’m sure our Rudy, Sticky, Morris and Sami are there to meet her and soothe her sorrow at being separated from you. Hugs to you all.

  19. Kathy says:

    Thanks, Cindi. I imagine Rose with no more hip trouble or itchies, chasing balls and snuggling up to anyone who will pet her.

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