Discussion in 'Off-Topic & Chit Chat' started by Anneke, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Anneke Honored Member

    Only a few hours ago, we had to say goodbye to our big guy Cooper.
    It feels very unreal and without warning.
    He was fine this mornng. Right before I had to go to work I gave the dogs a bone and found Cooper not feeling well. He refused the bone, and he NEVER does that.
    At that time I didn't think too much of it. Thought he just had an upset tummy. So I went to work.
    When I came home three hours later, my boyfriend told me, Cooper didn't want to eat or drink, not even his favorite things and that he could barely walk. He had a hard time breathing and he was very pale.
    I took him outside, but he couldn't even make half way down the street. He even layed down. That's when I got scared.
    I managed to get him home and called the vet.
    We had to carry hm into the car, take him into the vet's office on a stretcher.
    He had a vey weak heartbeat and the vet had trouble finding his pulse, so she wanted to xray him.
    I guess that's when I knew somthing was terribly wrong.
    There was nothing specific on the xrays, so she desided to give him something for shock. And that's when he stopped breathing!
    She managed to get his heart going again.
    She did an ultrasound, but again found nothing.
    So that left his brain.
    He most likely had a cerebral heamorrhage, in that part of the brain that controls the breathing.
    His chances were so slim to even make it through the night, that we desided to let him go.
    It feels so very unreal. He was such a strong and healthy dog.
    And only 8 years old.

    Cooper april 4 2006 - august 7 2014

  2. running_dog Honored Member

    Oh Anneke!
    I am so so sorry to hear about Cooper.
    He was such a great dog, a not by-the-book-dog.
    I'm thinking of you.
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  3. southerngirl Honored Member

    Anneke I'm so sorry to hear this. Cooper was a wonderful dog who made you a better trainer because like R_dog said said he was not by the book.
    You are in my thoughts in prayers.
    May you rest in peace sweet boy...

    "A good dog never dies, he always stays,
    he walks besides you on crisp autumn days
    when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near,
    his head within our hand in his old way."
    - Anonymous
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  4. kassidybc Experienced Member

    I'm so sorry Anneke. Cooper was so great, such a fantastic dog. It's so hard when they pass so unexpectedly. May he rest in peace. You are in my prayers.
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  5. Ripleygirl Experienced Member

    Anneke, I'm so sorry to hear about Cooper... you and Jinx are in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong together and remember the wonderful dog that Cooper was. It is awful to lose a dog but so suddenly must be almost unbearable.

    "You can shed tears that he is gone,
    or you can smile because he has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,
    or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
    or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember him and only that he’s gone,
    or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back,
    Or you can do what he’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on."

    -David Harkins
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  6. kassidybc Experienced Member

    That's so great Ripleygirl, I love that quote/poem.
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  7. JazzyandVeronica Honored Member

    I have no words...I am so so sorry for your loss.
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  8. MaryK Honored Member

    I'm crying, I too know just how it feels to lose a dog so suddenly. My heart goes out to you and so sorry for the delay in seeing this post.

    Cooper was a wonderful boy, he obviously knew you'd learned your lessons well and it was time for him to move on and soon help another person learn their lessons.

    Ripleygirls poem is so lovely and it's helped me too, so I hope it also helps you.
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