Iris and Lillie Louise
I wrote about Lillie Louise here the day we got her. I looked back 11 years later to see when we actually got her and discovered that it was exactly 11 year to the day when she died. July 6, 2009 - July 6, 2020. Iris died almost two years ago and I didn't write anything but it was summer and it was so hot and she kept trying to go under the deck away from us. I think it was August. I might as well start with our first Lilly - the one before Lillie Louise.
My problem with Vets started with her.
I had been taking her to a close by vet for Cushings Disease. He was treating symptoms but there is not much to be done for that awful disease if you're familiar with it at all. On a Sunday she was struggling to breath - it was heartbreaking - and I called the Vets office. One of the vets was in the office on this particular Sunday and I asked her if we could bring her in to be put to sleep and her answer was "no - she could hear on the phone that Lilly was in distress but we would have to wait until Monday." I begged her to let us bring her as we were so close by but to no avail. By late Sunday night it was unbearable to see her suffering so we found an emergency 24 vet and took her in. She was finally out of pain...and we brought her home at midnight and buried her. May her sweet little soul rest in peace.
We were heartbroken and I absolutely had no plan to get another dog but I think fate or God intervened. I happened on that KiJiJi ad and couldn't believe my eyes what I was reading. It was basically the same description of our Lilly we had just lost sweet, 2 years old, spayed...and her name was Lillie. I called and talked to the owner who was asking $350 for her. We had a great conversation but I didn't have $350 and asked her if she would consider $200 and she said she couldn't. I understood completely and I thanked her and we said goodbye. So that was that. But a few minutes later she called back and said we sounded like the perfect family for Lilly and she'd like to meet us...could we come there the next day. We spent two hours there getting to know each other and Lillie came home with us promising to put a dog door in for her and we drove off watching Ann with tears in her eyes letting one of her girls go. She rode home with her head in Jeff's lap while I drove. From then on she was his girl.
Iris (her story is here)
Fast forward about a year and a half later and I happened to see another ad. Maybe I was just checking to see what a sheltie puppy would cost...I don't know...but I felt sorry for Lilly (by now I changed the spelling) because she had always been with her sheltie family and I was afraid she was lonely. Lo and behold there was an ad. Four year old sheltie - FREE - to the right people and it was Ann. So I called her and said "Ann, why didn't you call me?" She had lost our number and had just told someone else they could meet about Iris. We talked a bit and she said "Nancy, I want you to have her - I'm calling the other family." Iris was Lilly's aunt. Why was she free? Let's just say there was a problem with Brittany Spears puppies. (It remained a family secret for years!) Anyway, I digress - years later Iris started failing. She started having fainting spells and at one point I think she died and my son got her heart going again. We were not going to treat her at that age and put her through a lot of tests and heroic measures but I wanted her to not be in pain or distress...so...we called a Hospice vet and put her in hospice. She came to the house and checked her and gave her pain medicine and we made plans for her to come back as Iris worsened. About six months later she really went into distress and we called the hospice vet who had promised to come when we needed her. She couldn't come. She had just gotten back from vacation was booked and tried to get another home vet to come to no avail. So there we were again. July 17, 2018 We took her to a local vet who agreed to euthanize her but I felt like he thought we were not doing all we could. It was awful. So we brought her home and buried her next to Big Lilly. Got rest her sweet, sweet soul.
I didn't blog about Iris but I wrote this on FB:
We lost our Iris yesterday. She was such a sweet girl - aunt to Lilly and they spent their lives together. She loved digging holes, laying in the sun, riding in the car and chasing any car leaving our driveway by running the fence. She came to us when she retired from motherhood. She was devoted to us and to Lilly. She gave us so much happiness all these years but thirteen years is a long time for a dog. We loved her and will miss her so much...as will Lilly. They were joined at the hip and at times moved in tandem. They both spent their early years on a beautiful ranch in Round Mountain and I'm forever grateful to Ann Debo for entrusting them to us. Rest peacefully sweet girl.
Back In Time:
Our very first dog Collie who we got in 1972 was taken care of in her old age by the most wonderful young vet in McAllen. In 1983 when she got sick with cancer he took care of her and we wanted to do everything possible to save her. We were young and looking back it was more for us than her. Our vet Dr. Jeff, sent her to A&M vet school for treatment. They did a new procedure on her and she lived for another year. At some point she stopped eating and I remember feeding her baby food through a baster but then one Sunday morning her whole back legs were swollen and she was in distress. We called Dr. Jeff and he told us her kidneys were failing and we knew it was time. He met us in his office and the boys and Jeff and I all stayed with her and said our goodbyes. And we brought her home and buried her. God rest our dear sweet Collie.
Ahh Molly. She was my salvation. I had gone through major back surgery and was just devastated at losing Collie. Jeff had said NO MORE DOGS and none of us wanted to go through that pain again but one Saturday morning my friend Kathy called and said "Nancy, there are sheltie puppies for sale in Harlingen and were going to see them." That was that. She picked me up and we drove there and there she was - our sweet Molly. I wrote about Molly here. Dr Jeff took care of her for 10 years and then he moved from McAllen. We had an okay vet then, and of course a couple of years later Molly got cancer and we decided not to put Molly through heroic measures and several years later on a trip to Austin she worsened considerably and we knew it was time. We had her cremated and kept her ashes until we moved to Pflugerville where we buried her in the front flower bed. May our darling Molly rest in peace.
Present Day 2020
Brandon and Lilly Louise
Three weeks ago Lilly Louise woke up bleeding...bleeding profusely from her mouth. We had gone to Thrive vets for a year but had no regular vet. I tried three places to get her in and nada. So we took her to the Emergency Vet and they extracted a tooth and put her on antibiotics. This was during the ongoing Corona Virus Pandemic. We weren't allowed to even go into the building. It was awful - I thought she was dying that morning all alone with strangers. But she didn't. She came home on antibiotics and rallied for several weeks and then she quit eating. Nothing for five days. I prayed for her to die on her own. It was July 4th weekend and I knew it was useless to get her into any of the "Corporation Vets". And then something told me to search for Dr. Jeff and there he was an hour away from us. I called Monday morning and he saw her at three that afternoon. We could have tried more but decided to let her go. God bless Dr Jeff - he is so kind and he remembered us and Collie from 25 years ago. So she's gone. She was cremated and we will bury her next to Iris. God rest her soul.
Four of our girls are buried here.
All five of their collars and locks of their hair. I need a bigger box - they don't fit anymore. Our darling dogs - how we loved them all...1972 - 2020.
We have one more but I'll not include our sweet little Rita Rose in this post.