My cooper

almost 5 years ago now I lost my Westie Cooper he was my first pet as an adult and my baby as such, having found him as a new pup online and visited to choose him I knew he was special. I started planning for him coming home he was just over 8 weeks and I picked a name bought all the bedding and toys etc, he was a funny puppy afraid to go outside be would pull back on the lead to go home, he would huff just like a person does and although loved a stroke and cuddle liked his space too.

The first problem with him was when he chewed the feed instructions from a house plant and burst his mouth, I took him to the vet who stitched him together but soon after a red rash appeared on this area and on returning to the vet they said he had dermatitis and gave medication, I struggled with his skin this condition got worse and spread all over his body after this I realised his boy parts hadn't descended and the vet said they were trapped in his tummy and needed an op to remove them as could become cancerous. So the poor mites luck didn't get any better. Time went on and to skin condition worsened he needed tablets to control it, by the time he was 5 I noticed he was drinking excessive and needed to urinate more and visited the vet worried about diabetes, the vet said this was rare but on testing it was positive. I had to inject him twice daily and these had to be exact dependant on food consumption etc, the skin condition worsened due to this and it became inflamed and broken skin, meantime he became blind and was so afraid to go outside. Cooper had no bladder control was afraid of everything and on last check this condition had damaged his internal organs, given this at the age of just 6 I decided it wasn't fair on him to let him go.

This was the hardest decision I have ever made firstly as he was so young, and so loved, but it was only fair he had no quality of life and I had tried everything to help him, I for the final time went to the vets they agreed with my decision and I held him until he passed away, I always feel I could have done more and guilty but know he was miserable towards the end.

I love you cooper sleep well

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