Last night was one of the worse nights of my life. I lost my 15 year old terrier mix Rusty. We adopted Rusty when he was 2 form a rescue shelter. Rusty lost his left eye to cancer 5 years ago the same time I lost my leg. Rusty still had a real zest for life he did amazed us. Then 2 years ago he went completely deaf. He still did well and learned some sign lanuage. he was doing very well and still had a real love for life. Suddendly he was slowing down more and more but had no pain and still had a quality of life in him. he was getting older and not as peppy as he once was. Last night 11/25 when we returned home form shopping Rusty was on the kitchen floor with all fours spread. We tried to help him up but his hind legs were like jello. I got his blanket and held him and cried. I feared the outcome. We called our vet but it was after hours. We took Rusty to a Emergency Vets and he was examined which we learned his back legs and spine had deteriorated. It was a complete shock to my husband and I he was in so much pain and the love of life was gone out of his eyes. We had to make the decision to send him to the rainbow bride. Competely unexpcted. I had some time with rusty I held him and told him how much we loved him and what a good boy he was. I thanked him for protecting us and lettimg us take care of him. The Vet was very sweet and understanding and helped our sweet boy go to heavan. We were so divastaed and crying . The pain is almost unbearable, We had to go out the back door so the other clients in the waiting room would not see us. My heart is completely broken. His toys, his bed, his food are all reminders of our boy. For now I put his collar on his bed with his favorite toy. We are a childless couple who doted on our dog. I miss him so much it hurts.Please pray for our little boy we will miss him forever.

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Comment by Karin on January 9, 2009 at 2:31am
It sounds just awful BUT.... I feel worseover my Rusty passing than I did some people...
Comment by Shelley Cowie on January 8, 2009 at 9:34pm
From Lonely Soul

. . . . They say that when you die,
and reach the other side,
The one who loved you most,
becomes your spirit guide.

And when he did cross over,
he saw to his surprise,
a tail that wagged so happily,
and faithful, loving eyes.

Sherwin Kaufman

There is nothing anyone can say that will easy your pain. I am so sorry for your loss and my heart breaks for you as you struggle to move on without the familiar presence of your best friend.
Comment by Karin on December 11, 2008 at 2:46pm
We are thinking of adopting another dog soon. In honor of our Rusty.
Comment by Maltese Mom on December 11, 2008 at 1:57pm
Karin, My condolences to you and your husband. I know what you are going through. Take it one day at a time. I still shed a tear for Rio especially towards the 28th of each month (Rio passed on 6/28/08). I miss him very much. However, now I can say that I have so many memories and pictures that bring a smile to my face. You'll be fine in time.
Comment by Karin on December 11, 2008 at 9:40am
Yes I agree we are rescuing another dog indeed. Not to replace my little boy but to honor him as well. Thanks for replying to my blog Tom.
Comment by Karin on December 11, 2008 at 8:00am
Thanks Tom, I miss my dog someting awful.
Comment by Tom Clanton on December 11, 2008 at 3:39am

I am so sorry for your loss. I know Rusty was the world for you and that can never be changed. As someone who has also lost your best friend, this is what my wife and I did. I urge you to consider this to help you get on with your life.
Adopt a dog from an organization or shelter as a tribute to Rusty. That is what he would want. He had a wonderful life with you because you cared enough to rescue him. Do the same in his honor and you will save another life. God Bless and you will find comfort and joy.

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