The original post about my dog winter below was one of my first posts on G+. I haven't posted on G+ for a while, but it felt somehow right to communicate the following news about Winter.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that my dog Winter passed away this morning from congestive heart failure and most likely complications from laryngeal paralysis, which was obstructing her airway and making it very difficult for her to move air through her throat and wind pipe.
Winter was the best friend and faithful companion to Nocturne, my black Pomeranian, and my children Blake and Jade.
There’s really not much else to say accept that she had been suffering for over two years from an enlarged heart and had chronic breathing issues since she was a puppy, which the Vets never properly diagnosed. Two weeks ago her breathing problems became worse. I took her to the vet again. They told me there was nothing abnormal about her breathing and that her heart problem actually looked better. I’m so sad I listened to that Vet and didn’t trust my instincts that something more serious was going on. Like almost every other pet I’ve had that has died, Winter’s death beyond being horribly tragic also feels like my own personal failure – that I didn’t do enough and didn’t get to her in time. To me it is always so sad that this sense of failure always accompanies the death of my beloved pets, making the loss that much harder to bear and manage.
Most dogs are friendly, but Winter was an exceptionally sweet and sensitive dog with a beautiful soul. She was that dog who could realize if I was sad or upset and try to comfort me. Often she would literally try to lick tears from my eyes. She was playful and literally always smiling. She could cheer me up just by looking at me.
I got Winter because dogs are social animals and I didn’t want my dog Nocturne to be alone. Before Winter came, Nocturne had developed an anxiety disorder from being left alone when Scott and I went to work. So Winter not only brought her sweet soul to our house, but she ended up helping cure Nocturne’s anxiety and neurosis. They were best friends and were together constantly. Nocturne will probably grieve for her the most.
Again, I know most here don’t know Winter, but I just wanted to send out a note to say that a beautiful light left the world this morning. To let Winter’s departing spirit know just how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.
We love you and will miss you forever Winter!
What would you say if I told you that this little dog almost became a coyote’s lunch?
A few weeks back I wrote a post about my dog Wolfie, the border collie who I rescued from a shelter but is now battling two forms of cancer. I wrote about how he has been a really difficult dog to take care of even before the cancer and suggested that the day I realized I loved him was the day he saved my dog Winter from a coyote who was about three feet away from snacking on her.
Winter is probably the sweetest dog I’ve ever encountered, and her two favorite things to do in the world are 1) eating and (2) chasing little balls.
Whenever I’m down, all I have to do is look at her smile and it immediately makes everything better. So I’m hoping that this shot will also brighten your day :)