I just want to thank everyone for all the wonderful prayers! Rusty lived twice as long as the vets said he would, he lasted two more months. I had to make the decision of euthanizing him when he finally got too ill. The vet came to our house and he passed in my arms as I spoke to him. I have never felt such a huge loss before! I would not be alive today if he had not have been here, he was a real hero when it comes to service dogs!
He did get to meet Spirit, and learned to love her before he got real sick. As he was tiring I had Spirit sent to San Diego for her service dog training, 3 1/2 months. Rusty had only about a month left I was told. He hung in there until I got the call that it was going to be time to pick up Spirit in about 2 1/2 weeks. Rusty died October 26th. I was able to spend his last few months with him alone and no hyper puppy around. Then when the call came it was time to pick her up, he finally let go. I needed at least two weeks of severe grief before I could even think of picking up our new girl. I love Spirit, but just had to take a time out. It is almost if it was planned this way. I got to grieve, and then I quickly got my new service dog Spirit, complete in her training, to watch over me and keep me alive.
It has taken me this long to even write about it. I am praying Rusty will now guide Spirit and teach her how to actually alert me and keep me alive. He is my angel now.
I just wanted to up-date everyone, and thank everyone. The world is a sadder place without Rusty, I know Spirit will not replace him, but fill our home with her own joy!


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Comment by Lee on November 12, 2008 at 4:05pm
Kara, loss never gets any easier. Maybe you've heard of Rainbow Bridge, where dogs go to wait for us until we pass. Dogs run free and whole again in a place with endless treats and love. When you had to let go of Rusty, maybe someone here said "there he goes" at the same time some at the Bridge said "here he comes".
You will be with this enormous love again. When you feel up to it, please share some of your happiest Rusty stories with us.
Comment by Kara on November 12, 2008 at 10:56am
Thank you.
I still keep turning around to talk to him to find out he is not there. I can not look at pictures of him yet or I start to cry. It will take time, but it will always hurt.
Comment by Maltese Mom on November 12, 2008 at 8:43am
Kara, my condolences. My heart goes out to you. I understand what you are going through. My little Rio passed away in my arms. I can clearly recall feeling his last three heartbeats. Time will heal and may you have beautiful memories of your Rusty. Elsa

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