Come gather around as sit in the cool of the evening after a terrible night of high winds and severe rain. Typical weather for this time of year in this country. In comparison to other places I have been reading about I will take this over and above all.
For those who have followed me through the writing world you are all well aware of Quigley. It is with great sadness that I write that she is now at peace after what appeared to be a very sudden turn in her health.
According to our trusted Vet who has seen Quigley on a regular basis said she very quickly developed Type 1 Diabetes with blood sugar levels reaching in the 700 range and even with insulin the would come no lower than 450 which is still extremely high. I sat up with her most of Monday night and she would drink and would almost immediately vomit. The Vet said the Havanese breed were very susceptible to diabetes. Even though insulin was tried it would not bring the blood sugars down. The vet was very concerned of her future as she explained there was likely other organs which were damaged. She said that Quigley's Pancreas had quit producing all together and blindness and other complications would follow during the next few years.
Quigley had only been at the vet for a day and when I saw her and the decision was made. One look into her large brown eyes told the story. The pain, confusion and fear looked back at me. The injection took her quickly after a long sigh, it was swift and painless.
The vet later called and said she had preformed an autopsy and Quigley's pancreas and stomach were riddled with cancer and it was apparent it would have taken completely over her body soon. So even in her passing Quigley gave the vet and her two students an insight into what can not be seen.
We are Charged
Many pet lovers know and understand we are charged with providing the best care we can with the animals we bring into our lives. Animals offer so much love and fill our days with their presence.
That was Quigley no matter who came to the door or who she greeted she did it with enthusiasm and all of her heart. She was filled with an adventurous spirit, loved fishing, hiking or just being close. For 8 years she showed a side of her that taught people patience understanding and undying love. She will be truly missed and the house feels so completely empty without her.
Each and every time I would come home she would greet me with her favourite toy and await her super rub as it was called. It will get easier in time and I am certain there will be another dog in the future but not right now as there needs to be a time of healing over the loss. I do not have the heart yet to pick up all her toys she always had scattered about, they will just stay where they are maybe as a reminder of what has been lost. I like to think she is in a far better place being rewarded for the work she did while here.
For now I have many fond memories of the little dog that arriveed here to brighten the home... well done Miss Quigley... well done.
© Rolly A. Chabot
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