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  • Godspeed to a Good Big Farm Dog (picture post #34)

    Malarkey was peacefully euthanized this afternoon.

    He very quickly started showing some edema/belly bloating,yesterday afternoon, but was in no distress. This morning when I got home from work, I called the vet, and set up an appointment, but they could not get us in until tomorrow. After napping for a couple hours, I checked him again, and called for an emergency visit.

    He's a big sissy, and the only distress he was showing was a little labored breathing. But it was very clear to me something was very wrong, and quite honestly, I *knew*.

    We stopped on the way for a hamburger. He travelled more peacefully than he ever has--he hates riding in the truck. Dr. Kelley tapped his belly and said he had a tumor on his spleen and was bleeding internally. I said, "Let's put him down then."

    IMMEDIATELY Dr. Kelley said, "That is the right thing to do."

    I have never had an animal go as peacefully as he did. I held him and he was relaxed and it was over in an instant. I am very grateful this was fast and painless. He had good days. Today was a good day. He was a Good Dog.

    Farm dog, porch dog, and best of all, bed dog. Lately I could barely move around without tripping over him. I am sure he knew.

    My heart hurts right now. And yet, the vet tech kindly laughed with me at a couple of stories about him. There was no doubt it was the right thing, and the right time, not a moment too soon or too late.

    I will miss the big, silly lug dearly. We had nine great years, despite his not wanting to be born.

    He will rest out beneath the giant mountain ash with his 'special' brother Augustine and my other Great Dog O'Malley.

    Godspeed Good Dog.
    Last edited by pintopiaffe; Aug. 14, 2010, 03:51 AM.
    InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

    Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)

  • #2
    OMG, how sad. I am glad he made the decision an easy one for you. Godspeed.
    McDowell Racing Stables

    Home Away From Home


    • #3
      Sorry for you but glad for him that it was peaceful and not too soon or too late. I grinned at the thought of him enjoying his last hamburger.

      RIP, Malarkey.


      • #4
        So sorry for the loss of your old friend. Godspeed, good dog!
        She wasn't running away with me, I just couldn't stop her!


        • #5
          RIP Malarkey ~

          Thoughts and prayers and huge hugs for the family (house and barn) Malarkey leaves behind ~ RIP Malarkey. Love your thoughtfulness with the last hambuger ~ very special he must have been to you and you to him ~
          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


          • #6
            Awww, I'm so sorry.

            Godspeed, Malarkey.


            • #7
              Pintopiaffe, I am so sorry about the loss of your great dog. He sounds like a real love. Plus, what a great way to go...go out for a burger.

              I have an older dog too with a tumor on her spleen and well, I just have not gotten clear answers on 'how' she is going to let me know, so your post has brought me some insight.

              I hope you won't mind if I pm'd you to discuss this with you some more.

              Again, my condolences, and Godspeed Malarkey~
              save lives...spay/neuter/geld


              • #8
                (((((HUGS))))) from Majik and me.



                • Original Poster

                  fivehorses--email me at pintopiaffe at aol dot com...

                  I've actually known something was going on for a couple of months, but not exactly what. He passed his 'physical' in June with flying colours... though I wasn't exactly impressed with the exam...

                  It IS a gift that things progressed quite quickly, and without pain. I really am grateful. There was never a second thought about anything.

                  I finally caved and called in to work and asked if I could come in at 0200 instead of midnight. I haven't been to sleep yet but for a fitful 90 minutes or so this morning.

                  I do believe, with every FIBRE of my being, that it IS worth it, but the actual physical pain is hard right now. My head hurts from crying and my sinuses being all clogged up from snot... and my chest hurts. Not chest pain, but physically my heart hurts. I know that sounds ridiculous.

                  Eamon doesn't seem to be reacting at all. But then, he didn't when his mother and brother died either. Malarkey stayed with me and Gus while I held Gus when he left... and Malarkey visited with his Mum before I moved her... I dunno... maybe Eamon just is oblivious? That is probably better. He's never been alone.

                  How do we forget? How do we manage to forget how damn much it hurts? Even when it is a Good life, well lived, and a ripe old age (he was a big dog) How do we manage to ignore this grief and go on again and yet again?

                  I have been so blessed to know such incredible creatures in this life. I cannot wait to see them beyond the Veil to see the entirety of their beings.

                  Meanwhile, tonight sucks.
                  InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                  Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                  • #10
                    *sniffle* may you have an easy night at work tonight and may you rest easy knowing you made the right decision. God Bless all the Good Dogs.
                    If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


                    • #11
                      It is the price we pay. I always say that euthanasia is taking their pain away and making it your own, literally as you are well aware of right now. When I lost my heart dog I found great comfort in www.petloss.com although I wasn't aware of COTH back then. This forum may have done the trick as well. Just having someone to share with that understood was nice. It took me about 6 weeks until I was finally able to join in with their candle lighting ceremony.
                      McDowell Racing Stables

                      Home Away From Home


                      • #12
                        I am so sorry for your loss. (hugs)


                        • #13
                          Oh, gosh...there is something uniquely difficult about saying goodbye to a good dog. Bless you for loving him for all those years Hugs to you
                          "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


                          • #14
                            I am so, so very sorry. Words cannot convey
                            "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
                            The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


                            • Original Poster

                              Thanks Guys.

                              It does help, to have people who *know*.

                              EqT... While I was blessed to have two--littermates & brothers... they are (were... ) the 'ones.' They built this farm with me. I remember yours.

                              It really does help just to have people who understand. As I always say, they touch a part of us beyond words, so words don't help. Non dog folks don't get it.

                              Staff at work is awesome. Charge nurse offered the keys to the Narc cabinet. <kidding>

                              Tomorrow I will lay him to rest under the Giant Ash. I've got wildflower seeds to spread.
                              Last edited by pintopiaffe; Aug. 6, 2010, 06:10 AM.
                              InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                              Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                              • #16
                                I will miss stories about Malarkey. Please feel free to share some more of them anyway, when and if it makes you feel better to do so...

                                My heart kitty is gone a year now. He had a McDonald's cheeseburger for his last meal. I will never stop missing him, but it takes a thread like this to really get the tears flowing now. For a month or so, all it took was waking up in the morning.

                                May your good doggie memories console you.
                                Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.


                                • #17
                                  Godspeed Malarky....and big hugs to you! We have an aging lab mix and are
                                  wondering how much longer she has...so far so good but her hips are toast.
                                  Thank goodness for Adequan! And her buddy, our Aussie, who is now about
                                  four and keeps her moving.

                                  May the pain lesson and the joy of sharing his life increase.


                                  • #18
                                    Godspeed Malarky. Massive hugs to you and the rest of the critters.

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                                      • #20
                                        R.I.P. Malarkey

                                        (((Hugs))) to you Pintopiaffe---
                                        I lost one of my fave kitties 2 years ago to cancer, buried her under the tree in our front yard she used to look out the window at, now she looks in the window from under the tree--- until this summer a wind storm came and (you guessed it) blew her tree down---the only tree on the property with any sentimental value to it, both Nalla and the ashes of my husbands grandparents were under this tree, now it too is gone.
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                                        Most horses cross the Rainbow Bridge, but TEDDY JUMPED IT!!!
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