This morning Pirate was released from her failing body. Pirate was old and unwell when she arrived here. Some good medications gave her 14 months of comfort, warmth and high quality of life. Over the past few weeks, she had begun to fade with her bad days getting closer and closer together. This week she did not rebound and was just getting worse. Her mobility was limited, she needed more and more assistance with everything.
Her quality of life was gone, so we gave her the one thing we had left....a gentle, peaceful passing. The vet came to the house and Pirate passed with no stress, on her favorite blankets with her people holding her paws. She was ready to go; I wasn't nearly as ready as I thought!
Pirate was with us for a mere 14 months out of her many years, but in that time she knew comfort, warmth and love. She was dry and safe. I'd imagine that this place is hard to adjust as an elderly dog, probably tricky as a young dog, but Pirate adapted to being a house dog in no time. She loved lounging around on her blankets and even tolerated the cats walking over her. She was deaf as a post, but somehow always heard the kibble hitting her bowl. She never missed a meal, even last night, when I had to hold her up, she still wanted to eat.
She showed us signs of what she must have been like as a young dog. I bet she was a handful! Even at 14 she thought she was tough and she hated Sleet, my other ancient girl. The only time I've ever laughed while breaking up a dog fight was pulling those two apart...both almost toothless, stiff and half blind, but still willing to battle it out!
This is my favorite picture of her, taken just a couple weeks ago. I rarely gave Pirate bones; she had a delicate digestive system and extra treats usually meant extra mess for both of us! She didn't really eat that bone, but she gummed it up for hours and enjoyed every second of it!
I hope in some way the last 14 months of your life compensated for the crappy earlier years. I'm glad you made it here, even if it wasn't for nearly long enough. You were and will always be deeply loved. Godspeed, Pi-Shy girl.