Charlee has been very tuned into the drama that unfolded this morning when I rushed Brewster to the Vet. Brewster is very uncomfortable and has a swollen back foot and a brand new oozing wound. Although I know that Charlee knows I am sad, clearly she is dealing with her own worries.
This is Charlee when I came home from picking the kids up at school this afternoon. There were no tails wags and eager greetings today. She didn't even get up from her vigil from the top of the stairs when I opened the front door. This is a first.
Brewster has spent the day at ground level of our split ranch, not even attempting to come upstairs. Charlee barely acknowledged that we were home and we had to walk around her. They have pretty much grown up together. Brewster is 8 and Charlee is 7. Brew has been like family since the very first month that I brought Charlee home.
The Vet described Brewster as having something they call "death breathe". This is a new development. He is now on antibiotics, and pain and inflammation meds, as well as sterile washes a few times a day. Currently the plan is for him to go home this weekend and most likely he will not be returning.
My entire house is beyond sad.
I have seen that look before, the one on Charlee. They know so much more than we do. It is so sad. He is so fortunate to be there with you all. Much more doggie love to go around. This is hard even to read, Brewster is so precious - I know you will take good care of him.
Chris SnedekerPosted by Chris
My heart goes out to you, the kids and Charlee. There is no pain like watching a beloved pet suffering, especially knowing the outcome will be so final. You can understand what is happening, and with gentle explanation, so will the kids, but Charlee is probably very confused and upset since all she knows is that her lifelong friend is in pain. I'll be thinking of you all through this most difficult of times.
My heart goes out to you and Brewster too. My Bessy also sends her love. Those are great pictures of Charlee and Brewster. I have never heard of "death breathe". Hope all goes well, give 'em both a hug..Posted by Larry T. Doughty
Ohhhh I am so sorry to hear this news:-((. My cat was given 3 months to live at Christmas time but I ended up having to put him to sleep within a week.OMG, next to Parker's surgeries, that was THE HARDEST thing I have ever been through. And my puppy dog is so very sad too. Bless your heart for having to go through this. Will be thinking of you all.