The last two weeks have been a roller coaster here at our house, and now it seems we have a sad but necessary resolution. Our dog Jake has been in the hospital a week now, and while the expectation was that he’d get well, respond to medication, and be able to come home that has not happened. Last night they tried again to feed him orally, and he was unable to keep the tiny bit of food down. His disease (myasenthia gravis) is so strong that he is just not recovering the way most dogs do. At this point in time our chances are slim to none that he will ever be able to come home, and so we’ve had to make the heart breaking decision to put him down. 

It is very sad, but I am glad to know we did everything possible and that he’s been quite comfortable down at UC Davis. We will go visit him this evening to send him off with love.

May & family

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  1. Oh, May. I am so sad for you and your family. I’m thinking of you all and sending a cyber hug. Hopefully your happy times with him will stay in your memories forever. Thinking of you.

    Jen

  2. May, I am so sorry for you and your family sometimes the right thing to do is the hardest. My heart goes out to you and your family. . . Jake knows he is loved and his spirit will stay with you forever.

  3. May, I am so sorry for you and your family sometimes the right thing to do is the hardest. My heart goes out to you and your family. . . Jake knows he is loved and his spirit will stay with you forever.

  4. I am so very sorry to read this May. I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you and your family.
    He was a well loved puppy. I will be thinking of you all.
    Much love, Lene

  5. OH May – sorry to hear about Jake. I feel your pain and send lots of cyber {{{{{HUGS}}}}}
    and this poem:
    Rainbow Bridgeust this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  6. Oh my. I’m so very sorry. I know what a tough decision this is to make, while sometimes necessary that doesn’t make it any easier to do. But the best love we can give our furry family is to not let them suffer and be at peace.

    Many, many hugs to all of you.

  7. May and family…..I’m so sorry for your loss. I know that your beloved Jake brought your family so much happiness. What a lovely thing you are doing for him by releasing him of his pain – it shows just how much you love him! My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this difficult time.

    HUGS! Katie

  8. So very sorry to hear this news May – I am crying with (for) you. Jake was a beautiful dog and I could tell he was so very loved, as someone else already said sometimes the right thing to do is the very hardest. I hope you find comfort in knowing this was the best decision you could make on behalf of your beloved pal Jake. {{{HUG}}}

  9. Sorry to hear that, it is so sad 🙁 At least you know that you did whatever possible and he did not suffer.

    Hugs

  10. May – I’m so sorry that things have not improved with Jake’s condition. I had to put my dog down 2 days after this past Christmas. It was the fifth dog (in my lifetime) that I have had to put down. It is absolutely heartbreaking. I know your in agony now, but take comfort in knowing that you have done everything you can for Jake and that you have been a true friend to him. He loves you for that.

    {{{hugs}}}
    Linda

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about Jake. My thoughts are with you and your family tonight. I know this will be very hard for all of you. *hugs*

    Meg

  12. (((hugs))) to you and your family May, we also had to put down one of our dogs last week and it is a horrible thing to go through, our thoughts are with you.

  13. May, I have tears streaming down my face. I am soooo sorry for you and your girls. I know that it is so hard to make a desision that allows somebody you love to go peacefully and not suffer anymore. If you have made the decision then please know its the right one. My blessings for you and Jake. I wish i were near by to help you and your family with comfort or diner. Plese take care

  14. May I am so sorry- I know those are just two little words but I hope they bring you comfort. That is a hard decision but know that you did all you could for him. Big hugs to you

  15. I’m so sorry. I understand this is a heart breaking time. I believe Jake is a very lucky dog to have had you for his family. {{{hugs}}} and prayers.

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