Sweet Peggy Sue

A while back I wrote a post about my poodle, Peggy Sue. I was excited because I’d found a recipe for homemade dog food online that would support her compromised kidneys. That’s what I like most about the internet, that you can find a community or maybe just one person who has been thorugh whatever it is you’re going through and can offer help and support.

At the time, Peggy appeared to be  friskier than she had ever been since we had her. We adopted her from our local SPCA in September 2011. They said she was about 6 years old but I think she was closer to 8 or 9. She had a microchip to a poodle rescue in Texas but when the SPCA called, there was no address or info attached to the chip number. She had been waiting for her forever home here in New Orleans for over a month. Peggy was calm, sweet, and low key. She was never a moment’s trouble except for when it rained. She was terrified of rain, I expect from her time as a stray.

After she began treatment for ehrlichiosis, she really perked up – as I said, she was friskier than she’d ever been. Even though she was virtually blind now, she trotted around with a big grin on her face, she played with the other dogs, she gave more kisses than usual, and she ate well. For about 2 – 3 weeks she was a very active, happy baby. Unfortunately, after one of the antibiotics was finished, she slowly began to slow down. She wasn’t as frisky, she started being a picky eater, she slept a lot. Then one day last week she began breathing very rapidly. She collapsed when I took her out to do her business. My husband took her to our vet, who is wonderful, and he recommended we take her to the clinic where she had seen an internal med specialist a few weeks before with the ehrlichiosis. This was on Friday. She was having cardiac hypertension but the cause was unknown. The doctors there did all they could but she passed away around 4:00 Sunday morning. Even though she had been sick, this new development took us totally by surprise. We never imagined we’d lose her so soon.

She was the best and I miss her so much.

Here’s a little video I have of her and the other two dogs from last Christmas. I’m so glad I have it. Be aware, there’s butt sniffing and pillow humping in it. They are dogs, after all. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Sweet Peggy Sue

  1. What a sweet, precious baby. She has the soul of an angel. I do believe there was a reason she was brought into your life. I’m so sorry for the loss of her and the pain you’re experiencing. ((Hugs))


  2. The internet and the blogosphere is indeed a truly remarkable place where people can be connected, as you say, with information and others who can relate. As you know, I can wholly relate to your loss and for you and your family, I am very sorry. My heart goes out to you. I can attest that no amount of preparing or contemplation can ever prepare for the loss. Wishing you strength and support. There is really no other way to describe it except to say that it sucks. I know hurts a lot.


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