Sunday, May 29, 2011

February 14, 2001 - May 27, 2011

We've had a sad few days in our household. Our sweet dog, Spencer, had to be put to sleep on Friday.

We noticed that he hadn't been eating for the past few days, and that his stomach was kind of swollen looking. When Kevin tried to get him to play fetch with his favorite little rag toy and he wouldn't, we knew that something was really wrong.

After an emergency trip to the vet, x-rays showed a huge mass in his abdomen - almost taking up every inch of his little body. He was anemic and likely had internal bleeding. Surgery wasn't really an option.

We had friends coming from out-of-town for the holiday weekend, and wanted to know if we could bring him home, make our decision and let them know on Tuesday, but they advised against it, saying that Spencer was likely in a lot of pain and it wouldn't be good for him. We loaded up the kids (and us) in the car, and went back to the vet to say our final, tearful goodbyes.

I'll miss him! Shortly after Kevin and I got married, I told him that I either wanted a baby or a puppy. Kevin jumped on the puppy bandwagon, and Spencer joined our family. He has been a super sweet addition - the kids adored him, and he loved them, too! Rest in peace, sweet boy.

Newborn Spencer with his brothers and sisters:

Sweet, playful puppy:

At 1-year-old, right before Megan was born:Spencer with 1-week-old Megan. He LOVED to be close to her!

Spence and 5-week old Meg:

Christmas 2008 - the sweater was because Iowa gets damn cold!
Our sweet boy, last Easter:

1 comment:

LisaP said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about Spencer. He was your first baby! It is never easy to lose a family member but I know that Spencer had a wonderful life. He was lucky to be part of your family and you were lucky to have him.