Remy
4/3/2008 - 12/9/2019We tend to adopt older pooches. We do this one dog at a time. Some folks get tired of their " old dog", and just want a puppy?? to Replace? this family member with a "new" puppy. 😟.
We had just recently lost our Spot, who lived out the last 5 years of his wonderful life with us. It had only been a couple of months since Spot crossed over.
An Email at work at the time, a school friend from long ago...there was a bio going viral, about this 5 year old boy, whose owner had to regretfully, had to give him up to North Shore, due to going into a nursing home. I could just feel that we were all meant for each other.
I called my husband, already retired, told him about Remy...It was my 63rd birthday. I then called the shelter, who informed us, that if we could get up there by 4 pm, we could meet him. They already had dozens of phone calls, regarding interest in Remy.
I left work early, my husband and I met up, we went there, fell in love immediately, spent time with Remy, filled out papers. Our regular vet was phoned and we were the chosen ones. We got to take Remy home to be part of our family, right then and there!
Remy was, from the beginning, so smart! He understood full sentences, and had a certain bark for each need that he had.
He communicated greatly with his eyes, and those eyebrows raising, comical expressions that he made, when he wanted something, like a belly rub. He would sit up like a human in the corner of the couch, wedged, with his belly showing.
My daughter lives right next door, our houses are attached . Remy lost his first fur-friend Puggles, about half way through his life with us. In a few months, there was a new friend, a puppy named Cleo. They became fast friends, and would run and play together, in our huge fenced in yard, for at least an hour or more a day. They would just scratch at the back door, when they wanted to come in, and would cuddle up on my daughter's couch for hours at a time.
Remy put on a little weight for his first few years with us. My daughter adopts human children as well, and opens her home to foster kids. He LOVED people food. Less than a year ago he had lost a few pounds, and then, slowly lost more. then more, He was always a very lumpy bumpy dog, with many small external tumors that were not that concerning to his vet.
A few weeks ago, Remy began to become VERY picky and would not eat dog food at all. I began to prepare him boiled chicken, and other things he would love. Fish was a favorite. It did not take long for him to loose his appetite completely. I had made an appt for his vet when his appetite had decreased beyond reasonable for a dog of his age. I often thought of my Dad, who lived to be 101, who became extremely picky as he aged. Remy's water intake suddenly became much less., at the beginning of last weekend.
Over last weekend, he became much worse. His appt was for Tuesday. On Sunday night he suffered a seizure, and fell down the stairs. We stayed with him all night, laying next to him with puppy pads changed frequently, and wrapped up in his favorite " blankie", whispering and patting him; giving him kisses on his forehead and snout, and telling him that we loved him and we were okay. He looked humiliated when he soiled himself. I just kept telling him it was okay...crying my tears on his ears. I am a retired nurse, and began hearing laboured breathing Sunday night.
Early in the morning, on Monday, I phoned his regular vet, explained what was going on, and asking for them to recommend a travel vet, as he was in such pain, I did not want for Remy to wait a day, my car was still in the shop, and my husband had to leave early for a long scheduled medical procedure. .What a wonderful, caring gentle woman, Dr. Sally Lynch, was sent to us. There was a thorough exam done, and Dr. Lynch agreed with my assessment. Remy needed to cross that rainbow bridge. I lay beside Remy during the entire procedure, and was telling him how good he is, how loved he is, while I was getting us both wet with my tears. We sent you covered by your favorite blanket, to be creamated, and to have the honor of being on top of my bookcase with our other wonderful past pooches
Remy was THE funniest, loving gentle fur- member that ever joined our family. He would actually do funny things, to making us laugh. It was one of his favorite things to do.
I will mourn forever for this boy...Remy the Dog....our very special, kind, sweet humorous big-boy. EVERYONE loved Remy. Oh....I forgot to add...Remy was SO gentle with toddlers. The absolute worst thing he ever did, was grab a cookie away! ( or, maybe a peanutbutter sandwich)!
Goodbye our sweetest boy, you will live in our hearts forever. I still keep wanting to let you out, think of what you might eat for dinner, and check the blanket lumps in our bed, as we all loved to snuggle up in the winters and watch TV in the evening.
Just to let you know, Remy, there were 186 typed out condolences on my FB page after you crossed the bridge. You were MOST LOVED!
Orene MorinRandolph, MassachusettsDecember 15, 2019
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