Popular Post pkcrossley Posted September 5, 2016 Popular Post Share Posted September 5, 2016 (edited) I promised myself that I would write this before the end of summer, and since today is Labor Day I can't delay any more. My wonderful friend Teddy died on May 10, very suddenly, in his bed. He had been doing very well and was very happy. We don't know the cause --it is one of those "sudden dog deaths." Many of you know Teddy's story, from being a blind puppy in a pet shop whom a young woman rescued from being euthanized, only to discover that blindness was not his only problem, to getting him to a rescue organization, and being fostered by Katie McDonough, to being diagnosed with severe hydrocephalus, to getting his shunt, and then being adopted by me after he had recovered from surgery. Over the years he was able to recover a little bit from the early damage of his condition, and went from being stone blind to being able to see light and dark; and went from having no particular interest in smells to being an enthusiastic smell connoisseur. I can't describe how interesting and moving life was with Teddy. He couldn't be taught the way other dogs were taught, because he was not very interested in food, he was essentially blind, and he had other limitations, like not being able to figure out where he was in relation to sounds. But he had a determination to teach himself, and his own ways of exploring the world. He trained himself to use pee pads because he was a neatnik. He knew how to negotiate my house and the houses he visited, and always took care of his eating and drinking and chew toys himself. He enjoyed the outdoors and knew where he was allowed to go and not allowed. My cat Seamus was his bed beddy. He absolutely loved car rides (and hamburgers that went along with them) even though he never saw anything out the window. How he learned some of the things he knew was just inexplicable. We started every day with a hug and a little stroll around the house, as he relaxed and let me carry him. He was one of the most admirable people I have known. Because of his neurological condition the vet and I were always very protective of Teddy. He only got a rabies vaccine, and we were putting off his neutering until the next surgical reset of his shunt (which, since he was asymptomatic, had not been scheduled). I couldn't bear to have a necropsy done, and so I don't know the cause of his death, and over time this actually makes it worse rather than better. I postponed writing this note because everything about this is just very hard to take. He is greatly missed by me and his grandma and his friends. He had so little to work with and brought so much to the lives of everybody who knew him. We love him. Edited September 5, 2016 by pkcrossley 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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