My Teddy Bear the most amazing, loving friend a
by Angel Watson
(Shohola PA USA)
Teddy came to me 6 1/2 years ago. We (ex and I) had been looking for an Alaskan Malamute that would not try to make a meal of our cats.
He found Teddy Bear on one site and messaged the owner. Then on the following day we were contacted by the Malamute rescue. As chance would have it it was for the same dog!
His first mommy had been injured and had a long recovery in front of her. She had come to the realization it was unfair to keep him kenneled during this time.
We went to meet him that weekend and the rest is history.
Ted absolutely loved the cats from the start. Even "helping" with a delivery of a kitten at one point.
He was the most loveable, sweet and gently 135 lb friend you have ever seen.
Unlike most he was great off leash and on. His personality was second to none.
He loved his "squirrley" squeaky toy and would try to take it out for walks with him. And if he could not be found he would cry until we did find him.
2 years ago he was diagnosed with Low Albumin levels that threatened his life. Our wonderful doctor put him on medication for the IBS that was causing this and within 6 months or so he was back to normal in levels.
He loved his "walkies" and had pet sitters come in to do this while I was at work.
Never one ounce of aggression towards anyone. Extremely mellow and just amazing.
More recently his arthritis in his hind end was starting to get to him. He would have trouble getting up UNLESS he saw his leash then all bets were off as his walks were his life.
He got a very good report on a check up 2 weeks ago. Doc said he looked amazing for a 10+ year old.
All this changed Tue evening. During the day the pet sitter said he had a great day. Met her at the door barkin, great walk and when home GREAT jealousy over her petting the cats.
I got home and he just wasnt right.
That evening was spent pacing, panting and crying. I knew he was in pain from somewhere.
Last night he was hard pressed to even get up to go out.
Even showing him the leash, which usually got him up RIGHT away did nothing but have him lift his head.
Today at the docs I was told he was dehydrated, even though he drank alot as usual. He was anemic and his arthritis was getting very bad and he was weak.
He also seemed to be listing to the right, stroke?
Exam revealed something that wasnt there last time. A mass in his abdomen.
Doc said he may have an infection which was causing the weakness. But with the mass and the pain he seemed to be in and no interest in his favorite past time walking told me more was going on.
I could have done the selfish thing, and believe me I was tempted, but I knew in my heart and by the look on his face he was tired and in pain and time to cross over.
I have had pets my whole life. There has NEVER been one who has gotten to me like my Bear did.
He even chased bears off that were trying to get into my home. Those he HATED.
So I did the right thing and only thing I felt I could do for a friend that deserved to not be in pain anymore and who has been such a joy over the last 6 1/2 years, I let him go.
I cradled his head on my lap kissing, talking and loving him up til the end and more.
Teddy you were one of a kind. I will always love you and will never until I die forget you.
Until we meet again my dear friend, thank you for the joy and love you brought into my life and any life you met...I will miss you forever
Your "Mommy" Angel and first "Mommy" also Marie
You will always be my Baby and I am lost without you