My Best Buddy - Mr. MD

by Rita Kliem
(Jackson, TN)

MD and little Missy

MD and little Missy

I lost my boy, MD, on 3/12/12. He died of chronic kidney failure. My husband and I did EVERYTHING we could possibly do to keep him alive. I had him on numerous natural remedies, gave him IV's at home, transfusions for his anemia, etc....... All our activities were planned around him. We never stayed overnight anywhere because we had to be home to take care of MD. Needless to say, he meant so very much to us. I don't think it would have been possible to love him more.

In 2006, MD was a stray that I found living in a box on my way to work one morning. He was in really bad shape. He had mange so bad that I think he had more bald spots than fur. After about a week of stopping to feed him everyday, my husband decided we would rescue him. We already had 2 other dogs so we had our concerns. There was no need to worry because he fit in so well. At the time he looked so bad that we thought he was a very old dog that we had brought home to make comfortable for a short time. But our vet who happened to also be our next door neighbor told us that MD was only 3 or 4. The vet kept him for a week and got MD back on track. A few years ago, we found out that MD had CKF. The fact that he lived as long as he did with a good quality of life was a true blessing. I am very grateful for that. However, the pain from his loss is almost unbearable. He became like a child to me. I spent so much of my time when I was at home caring for him. I gladly did this because I love him so very much. If I could have him back, I would not hesitate to do it all over again as long as the good Lord would allow.

It is hard when you lose a pet who was truly family. There is no bereavement time, etc. A lot of people don't understand your grief. I have lost loved ones very close to me including a spouse. I can truthfully say that the grief I am feeling for MD is very similar.

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