As I sit drinking hot cocoa thinking of my beloved little Arthur with tears swelling up in my eyes. I’ve dreaded writing about Arthur, our sweet little guy. Several years ago he had a lump removed from his leg, Arthur was diagnosed with cancer. We were told it was a slow growing form and he had bounced back to his happy go lucky self in no time.
About one year later we saw it was regrowing back. Not much could be done at that point, so we just focused on one day at a time.
He started coughing in the early part of 2020, he had a checkup coming and at that time I talked to his vet about his cough. It was the early part of 2020 so I could go in with him, they did x rays, two lumps were identified in his throat and very close to his heart. I had to keep track of his heart rate when he was resting.
Then March 2020 came. We could not foresee COVID 19 the pandemic, we were in lock down. I had to make another appointment for Arthur with our veterinarian. He was coughing and his heart rate was faster than it should be. They wanted to set up more x rays, but this time I could not go in because of the pandemic. He was put on medication for his heart and pain pills to minimize his pain .
Several months later his pills had to be upped for his increased pain and his heart, Arthur also had to be coaxed to eat. We would get him to eat for about a week then he would stop. He started shaking and his kidneys were not responding. He ended up taking 5 different pills two times a day and he was losing weight rapidly.
He’s equity of life had diminished, our happy go lucky little Arthur was replaced with emptiness. We side-stepped his suffering, but we could no longer put it off. We wondered if we could go in and say goodby, or if we had to wait out in the car? I made the appointment, on August 8, 2020 he gained his wings. Turns out fate was on our side, when most people were dying from COVID and no family could be by their side, we were able to be by Arthur’s side.
We are overcome with grief everyday and there will never be another like him, we still hope our paths will cross with a deaf little guy to be a part of our family. It only seemed fitting to give Arthur his own dog house, we would like to thank Country Creations by Nikki for making this beautiful place to put his ashes.