We helped our sweet 4 legged fur baby crossed the rainbow bridge on November 22nd, 2017. She was only 12 years old but BOY... did we pack in a lot of living in those 12 years!
She was diagnosed with kidney failure a little over a year ago which is common in aging dogs. Then in April this year, I was told she had chronic renal failure and we would have to give subcutaneous fluids every day to keep her alive.
You can read more about this on my blog... My 12 Year Old Pupster -Zoe’s Scary Story!
We opted out of western treatment and took on a holistic approach, giving her the quality of life she deserved. We change Zoe to a raw dog food diet and put her on homeopathics. Read more about what happened next… Zoe Pup’s Update!
This gave us 7 more wonderful months together. She was vibrant, spunky as always and happy to be with people...she was a very social dog for sure.
We had a wonderful, VERY active social life together as well as a career working in the healing arts. She was an amazing therapy dog to me, my clients and pretty much everyone she met. She had so much love for people... I think because she thought she was a person!
I noticed she had begun to slow way down, so I made an appointment to see Dr. Lassin at PAZ vet in south Austin the Friday before Thanksgiving at 6:30pm. What vet sees you on a Friday night at 6:30? You know it’s a cool place when they offer you water, espresso or a Lone Star. REALLY?!
What I love about this place is that they set up a warm environment. You don’t feel like you’re in a vet clinic and it is more relaxing. As LJ our vet tech said when I commented how wonderful it was to be there, “if the parent is relaxed the pet is relaxed!”
They administered fluids and ran tests that night. Saturday morning the doc called and wanted us back in at noon for more fluids, to talk test results and options.
We did not speak it out loud... but Dave and I both knew Zoe was on her last legs, and we wanted to make the most of what time we had left with her! So we rode our bikes with Zoe in my basket to the farmers market, then to the vet clinic. Then we took her on a little bike tour around town. We took her over to the Larry Monroe bridge and took pictures. For more info Click Here.
We stopped and had lunch at a little outdoor cafe on the east side and as always she got lots of attention and loving petting. We had a 12 mile bike ride with her and it was the best day ever!
Sunday and Monday were really hard for us and my heart was swollen with grief. By Tuesday she pretty much stopped eating. We could tell her tummy was upset but she would not take the meds that could have settled it, or anything else for that matter. It was her way of saying… ”Mom, I am ready.” In all honesty, I was not... but we did what we had to do!
We had Dr. Kimberly from Compassionate Vet come to our house and helped us cross her over the rainbow bridge. It was the most peaceful and graceful transition I had been through. I’ve had two other 4 legged furry children that we assisted through their transition, but it was at a traditional vet and not as lovely as this was. She is buried next to Bela the cat and joined all the other soul angels in heaven!
Now that she is a doggie angel...she will still be working with me and my clients, comforting us from afar!
We love you more... Zoe! R.I.P.