This is Rocky. He was rescued just over two weeks ago by me and two other women. He came into rescue on deaths doorstep; absolutely emaciated, dehydrated and very very sick. We got him into the vet where he was hospitalized for two days- they said he wouldn’t have made it much longer had he not gotten care.
The picture on the left showed Rocky on his first day in rescue, the one on the right shows his amazing 11 lb weight gain after a few weeks of care, love, food and family. Brenda, his foster mom and her family, gave him all the food, love and care that a dog could ever want.
Last night, while I was out with some new friends, I got a call from Brenda and met her at the emergency vet; she suspected his stomach had flipped. For those who don’t know, a stomach contortion happens, usually to deep chested larger dogs, and it’s often fatal. The vet confirmed our worst fears, and after measuring a level of lactate in his body (that would indicate his prognosis) showed very very high levels, she told us that he likely wouldn’t survive a surgery to correct it. She told us his chances of surviving were extremely poor and that her opinion was he should be euthanized. Brenda, her 10 yr old daughter and I decided together to let him go; we didn’t want him to die alone on an operating table and put his already frail and ravaged body, through anything more.
His human sister who he loved so dearly held his head and Brenda and I stroked his beautiful, broken body, as he took his final breath, surrounded by love and care. I watched as a little girl screamed and bawled and asked her mom why God would do this. When I broke down, I felt her sweet hug rushing into me as I became hysterical and she tried to comfort me and tell me (a grownup) that it was going to be okay.
The most painful part, that we just couldn’t wrap our heads around, was how unfair it felt that he lived eight years of neglect and abuse.. and then finally got rescued, was regaining his health and finding joy in life, and then died. After everything humans had done to him, this sweet dog was the kindest, most docile, gentle dog I’ve ever met. A few days ago he even started playing ball .. continued in comments*