Annabelle went to the Rainbow Bridge today. Her ultrasound of yesterday revealed nodules on both her liver and her spleen, and her abdomen was filling with fluid. Today she was not comfortable, and we knew it was time. Chances are good that the cellulitis diagnosis of December was an early manifestation of this cancer, and we were lucky that it cleared up, externally anyway, so nicely and I had an extra month with our girl. I miss her very much, but I am at peace with the decision. I told her I would show her that life is good, and when this last battle was too much for my feisty delicate dignified beautiful little girl, we took the opportunity to stop the pain.
She lived calmly and quietly with us, unless she needed something, of course, and then she was not shy to demand, and showed a peaceful dignity in the face of a heart murmur, renal failure, two ruptured ACLs, and ultimately cancer. She would sit on my lap and on my lucky days, would bestow just a couple of hot kisses on my nose, and all was right with the world.
I told her she did her job well. She took Master PD down a few notches, and showed him that the sun does not only shine from him.
In honor of our newly minted Angel, please do something you know you shouldn't.......spit out the pills, and just eat the high-salt hot dog. Wake up the house with one loud shrill "ARF" in an ear when you need to go out. Above all, hold your head high no matter what.
Please take of look at our girl taking a sun bath, helping us clear up Christmas ornaments and lots of needles. Thanks, Stacy
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