Run Free Rex…

Rex not well – Last Sunday he just wasn’t his normal self. He struggled to get up, couldn’t settle, panting….. It got so bad that we called the vet. The vet said that his heart didn’t sound good, and gave him a shot of Prednisolone. We took him back for a blood test on Monday. The blood test showed nothing exceptional although the vet said that there were signs of inflammation.
Vet gave us Prednisolone tablets. One a day for ten days and told us to come back the following week if Rex didn’t improve. The next couple of days followed a similar pattern. Rex would really struggle in the morning, then as the day went on he’d get better. We even got a glimpse of the old Rex. But, mostly he wasn’t good.
I sat with him all day with Wednesday and Thursday and most of the night. By the middle of the Thursday afternoon I couldn’t watch him suffer any more. Very carefully, I took him back to the vet in the hope that he would be able to give Rex some relief……..
We had Benzapril for him. The plan was that the Benzapril will help his heart. We should have seen improvement in 3 to 4 days. But not guaranteed. We had two-weeks worth of drugs, and at the end of that time the plan was to reassess.
I ccouldn’t bear to see him suffering like he was. Completely exhausted yet unable to sleep. Struggling to get up, then just standing there not knowing what to do.
The vet reckons there’s no chance of him ever being back to normal. Having spent the last two days reading up on dog heart problems all the classic signs are there – shortness of breath, coughing, getting up suddenly for no reason….and his appetite gone. He used to feed like he’d never been fed in his life. Now he struggles to take toast with honey on – his favourite.

FAST FORWARD TO FRIDAY… 2nd December…
Rex continued to go down hill. By Friday morning I knew he couldn’t go on. He was in a terrible state. We took the tough descision to set Rex free.
At the vets…I held him in my arms and spoke softly to him until I was sure he was free.

Rex, aka – Fluffy’ead, The Fluffy One, Royal Rex, Sir Rex of Gorre, My Lovely Boy…. He was only with us for one short summer. We knew when we adopted him that he wouldn’t be around for long. He was well over 10 years old. But we didn’t think he leave us so soon. He was part of the family and we were looking forwards to our first Christmas with him. We miss him so much. He was a special dog and we were gifted to know him.

Run free Rex, run free……

4 thoughts on “Run Free Rex…

  1. Thats very sad news He didnt look old in the photos and looked like youd have him for years to come. I think you gave him a good time in his last year with us.

    Hope you are both doing ok.

    Will toast you Carla and Rex this New Years Night

  2. Hi Steve and Carla- So sad to hear, but you gave him a wonderful last summer with love. I enjoyed reading about your life together.

    Raymond.

  3. Ahhhhhh Steve,

    My heart breaks for you and your wife. I know that was a few months ago but even still. I have a lot of compassion for animals and animal lovers. The best and most unconditional love I have ever experienced has always come from my pets. Humans aren’t even in the same paragraph. Looks like the Warren Zevon’s Cover Tom and I did, also applies directly to you from Sir Rex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPzYekvKN0k

    Take care! You did a wonderful thing and gave him the love he deserved up to his last moment. We will all meet again someday!
    Regards//Keith

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