Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spence was supposed to snow board this morning with his dad and cousins, but after the week he's had, he decided last night that he needed a day to himself and to chill.

Friday Spence asked out the girl he liked and it turned out she was going out with another boy, so he totally had a bad week.

This weekend is just relaxing, doing work, etc

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spence seemed to bounce back faster than either Dave or me from Hunter's passing - but that's how kids are.

Today I have early morning meetings and then we have school, volleyball and then he's off to play Magic with Jacob for the night.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Celebrating Life and Birthdays

Today is my brother's birthday and he actually got the day off.  I didn't bother waking him and let him sleep in as long as he wanted.

Hunter though had decided yesterday he was done with medications and today I checked with the vet and she said it was probably time.  We made the appointment and I feel so bad as I didn't wake Dave to say goodbye - never even crossed my mind as Spence and I sat crying and saying our goodbyes to Hunter.

We gave Hunter one last walk, then he went for a nap and never woke up.  Karma howled at home - something awful and woke Dave up who started crying too once he found out where we were.

So we're all crying today and trying to also celebrate Dave's birthday.

So in honor of our little guy, so last family photos of our little guy and hope to stop crying long enough to celebrate my brothers birthday.

Our last hugs and kisses before Hunter went to sleep 

One last nap in his favorite dog bed

The boy and his dog - been together since they were both toddlers

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In Honor of Hunter

Hunter has not been well for the past few weeks and he would get better for a day or two then get worse again.  I really started to worry when he stopped eating unless I fed him by hand.

I took him to the vet and the bloodwork looked good, but he had a lot of blood in his urine and his midsection was sore enough that he bit the vet.  We decided on xrays as the next step as the vet thought maybe he had stones - he doesn't but there were big shadows in his liver and kidneys and both were enlarged.

She said that he likely had tumors and that she couldn't do much other than explore to confirm the tumors and give me a timeline for him dying.  We opted not to stress him out any more and instead put him on heavy meds and say our goodbyes over the next week or two.

He's been in a lot of pain recently and struggles to go outside for his walks, or up the stairs, he is looking very old and haggard and in pain.  With the new meds, I can tell he's more comfortable as he's eating again and this has helped all around because Karma refuses to eat unless he's at least half way through his bowl.   

We'll say our goodbyes to our lovely little family member who is always under our feet looking for a snack, who patiently waits for us by the door when we go out and who likes to sleep for hours on end as a pass time.  He was a good little dog and we'll miss him a lot, but it's better that he's out of pain and that we remember all the good things about him.

Hunter now, old and grey and just wanting some rest

Family hike with Hunter when he was just a pup