Here I sit a quivering mess and the day is not going to get any better. Today is the day we say goodbye to Shit Dog. The bladder cancer has finally gotten the better of him. He was supposed to be gone before August, but in grand Shit Dog fashion he held on just to prove a point.
He’s gotten a bit chubby over the last couple of months or so because we have been saying what the heck let him eat it – he won’t be around much longer. Leftover pancakes, roast trimmings, rice, french fries, pizza crust, chocolate cookies – about the only thing he turned his nose up to was veggies. He would eat them with resentment when Elisheva was alive, but then that was a competition.
We knew something was up last week. He refused a piece of biscuit. He also hasn’t touched the bag of dog food that’s been sitting out in the open for four days. Bashert had to hold her hand in front of his nose on Sunday for him to know she had some chocolate. And if Shit Dog is anything, he’s a pureblooded chocoholic.
Our cat Winnie came over to lie with him this weekend. She doesn’t do that. He hates having his space invaded, particularly by one of the cats and they know it. Bashert thinks Winnie was saying goodbye. She did that just before Elisheva died, too.
We have a checkered past, Shit Dog and I. I alluded to some of it in an entry back in July. So it’s kind of ironic that he and I should be spending the day alone together.
He’s lying in his corner, atop his mass of appropriated blankets and pillows – he started out with one assigned blanket and dog pillow, now he has three of our bed blankets and two of our sofa pillows added – snoring away, past caring that he’s leaking urine all over himself.
I sit staring at him futilely trying to remain stoic, watching his occasional labored breath and seeing that he can no longer curl up into his tight little ball because of discomfort. I let him out a moment ago and he peed on my foot not being able to control himself (at least I’m going to believe that – one last challenge there, eh boy?).
I know that what we are doing is right for him, but it is tremendously difficult.
Damn you, Shit Dog. Doobie…you’re breaking my heart.