Mercedes

by Beth
(NC)

Mercedes 1996-2011

Mercedes 1996-2011

Mercedes was our sunshine. She joined our family 15 + years ago, a tiny little Silky Terrier. She's traveled all over with us and moved to several different homes, always the cheerful and sweet little girl. When she was younger, we taught her the names of over 30 toys, and we would ask for a specific toy and she would go and get it provided we would throw it for her. This would be a very tiring game sometimes! She was so attached to my husband, he said he could never love a little fru fru dog, but they were 100% inseparable. Well, over the last 6 months Mercedes started to have problems. She first lost most of her hearing, then it was her eyes, she had cataracts, and we tried many medicines... but she lost her sight and every morning we washed her eyes for her, which were almost always kind of glued shut. She also had what the vet beleived was canine cognitive disorder, dementia, as she spent alot of her days in a confused state, would wake up startled, or sleep almost all the time, but soil in the house or bark for long periods of time when she was awake. We knew the time was drawing near, but over the weekend, she declined sharply. She was up every hour of the night wanting to go outside, but she would just walk in circles and bump into things, and only potty when in the house. This morning, we took her to the vet, to ask one more time what might be done.... the only thing that had a chance of helping her was something experimental. We decided the right and humane thing to do was to let her go. Yes, I am very bothered by the decision, but I know it was then right thing to do, because her mind was gone. I am having a very hard time with the guilt right now, thinking we should have tried the treatment... but i know it would only have helped for a little while, if at all.

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Jan 27, 2014
Zoe
by: Anonymous

Yes you will know the right time. Jackie came to live with us six months after Mercedes passed. She is a Cavachon half King Charles and half Bichon. We have a special place in our hearts for Silkys also, i wish you and yours and Zoe the best You and your wife are wonderful dog parents.

Jan 27, 2014
Zoe
by: Lou Ichel

Thank you for your reply.We realize now, that at some time AFTER Zoe, we will bring into our lives another little-female Silky. I will have to find a reputable Silky breeder. Lou

Jan 26, 2014
Zoe
by: Anonymous

I think you need to take care of Zoe and this situation before you even consider your readiness for another furry friend. We did eventually get another dog but took the time that was right for us to grieve our loss. This time is different for everyone.

Jan 26, 2014
Zoe
by: Lou Ichel

Dear Beth, Thank you so much for your personal response.It was very appreciated.My wife and I have read and re-read your note at least 10 times this Sunday/am. Your decision inre. Mercedes,in my opinion,(due to age),was not only the correct one, but the only one!Now we face the same impending scenario. For the last three nights we ave. 2hrs sleep. We are "emotional-wrecks". Close friends of our's,suggest that we research getting another female puppy Silky(after Zoe). They believe,due to the commitment to raise and love another "little-girl", it would be theraputic for both of us. What are your thoughts on this? Please respond! Thank you once again for your understanding and emotional support. Very Sincerly, Lou Ichel

Jan 26, 2014
Hard decision
by: Anonymous

Hi Lou. I am so sorry for the decision you are facing. I would consider first what is best for Zoe and not put her through treatments or suffering if it wil not increase her quality of life. It is hard to let go but she will tell you when it is time. The grief was raw when I wrote this entry but after 3 years I am confident I did the right and respectful thing for Mercedes. It is definitely hard for the family and when the time comes perhaps your vet would come to your home where Zoe is comfortable for the procedure so those who choose to could be there. Your family and Zoe are in my prayers. Beth

Jan 25, 2014
Female Silky Terrier
by: Lou Ichel

Dear Beth,I read about your loss of Mercedes(2011). My wife(Caryle)and I are now facing the coming demise of our female Silky,Zoe. She is 14.5 yrs old today)when it was "playtime",Zoe would always find the toy(name)we told her to get.About 6 mos.ago her hearing diminished.She is not blind,but her eyesight is not acute.She now sleeps often during the day and has lost interest in "playtime". At a recent Vet exam, a small growth(oral)appeared. The pathology report was:Amelanotic malignant mela- noma.We are seeing a Vet Oncologist due to her age,we have no hope.We are devastated.Zoe has been with us since 10 wks old.We have children and grand kids but Zoe is the"love of our lives"how can we accept this loss? Any advice would be welcomed. Sincerely, Lou

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