Little Squeak died Friday, July 28, 2006.
We noticed last month that it appeared her eye
sight was getting very bad. Took her to the vet on July 7 and found out
that sight loss was total. Glaucoma. Pressure had destroyed her retinas.
Amazing how she was able to come and go from the house to outside through
two doggie doors and make it look like she could see. She was our tough
little dog but her ability to appear normal hid her symptoms until it was
too late. Past three weeks seemed to go
down fast. Also discovered hearing was about 95% gone and did not seem to
smell much either but she still bounced up at the sound of the can opener or
the lid being taken off the frozen yogurt bucket and her tail was always
wagging with great anticipation. She was not always facing the right
direction but knew we would find her with the treat.
First of last week she seemed to be struggling
more and on two occasions she did not find her way back to the
house. Wednesday evening we returned late and found her at the far corner
of the yard along the fence. She had stumbled onto a nest of ground hornets
and was covered with them. I think that stress magnified the rest of her
health problems and she just started giving up. Stopped wagging her tail
and eating. She did eat some frozen yogurt friday morning before we left
for our trip to Bloomington and was resting peacefully in one of her spots
in the family room. She had not moved far when we found her Friday evening.
She went through a lot during the 12 years she
was with us. In Oct 2004 the Purdue vets thought she was in such bad shape
that they called to see if we wanted to revive her after some tests being
run to find out what was wrong. They could not find the problem but we
brought her home and cared for her until she came through that struggle.
Still do not know what was wrong but the Friday before Thanksgiving she
bounced back and was almost normal until last month. She was Cally's buddy
and she misses her.
Buddies sharing the pad February 20, 2006
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