Monday, September 23, 2013

Snoopy the Wonder Mutt

In 1996, I adopted a mutt.

Snoopy was a little timid at first, but he showed flashes of his playfulness and hyperactivity at times. But the 1 year old beagle-dachshund mix had a rough start in life. A neighbor's dog had gotten into Snoopy's owner's front yard and chewed up the puppy pretty good. The owner didn't bother to go out and get his wounded dog. A neighbor heard Snoopy yelping and crying, so he went over and picked him up. He took him to the vet where they patched him up.

The owner wanted Snoopy back, and the vet refused. Instead, he gave the dog to that animal rescue where he lived in a foster home with a bunch of cats. Yeah, I know. Isn't that terrible?

Anyway, Snoopy was MY dog, and he needed to know I wasn't going to beat him or neglect him. It took a lot of work to gain his trust, but he eventually became a wonderful dog. Although he's 100% hound, he HATES the water, and his gait reminded me of a very fanciful reindeer prancing around.

In 2000, he had a tumor removed from his side. But other than that, he's been a pretty healthy, happy dog.

Snoopy is now 18 1/2 years old, which is right around 95 human years. He started slowing down in 2010. He lost his hearing that year, and he lost a step or two in 2011. But up until then, people didn't believe me when I said that he was 16. The old man still acted like a puppy. Snoopy started losing his mind early this year, and I'd often see a void in his once bright puppy eyes. He'd get lost in corners, staring at the walls.

The last couple of days have been rough for him. He's eaten very little, and he's even beginning to refuse water.

The old man can't walk very well, and I have to carry him everywhere. When I hold his bony body, I can feel him shaking. I can hear him grunting in pain. Snoopy is suffering, and it's time to be the responsible owner.

Today, I will him take him to the vet. And I will say my goodbyes. The doctor will give him two injections. The first one will temporarily take away all of his anguish, and he'll perk up for a second. The second injection will stop his heart, and he will feel no more pain.

My 9 year old daughter had a dream two weeks ago. She saw Snoopy struggling to walk just as he has the last few months. And with each step, he gained strength and speed until he went into a graceful gallop. Snoopy smiled with his tongue hanging out, and that's when he broke into a full sprint, his legs pumping and pushing his slender body across a grassy field. And then his body began to glow a golden shimmering light, and he just kept running and had no intentions of ever stopping.

I think she caught a glimpse of Doggie Heaven.

Goodbye Snoopy, my Wonder Mutt.
Snoopy's wearing a Super Cape my daughter made for him last week


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay, I'm really sorry! Nothing sucks worse than having to say goodbye to a furry family member. My thoughts with you today. Just keep thinking of your daughter's dream.

Tony Laplume said...

You have my sympathies today. Always hard to say goodbye to a beloved pet.

Samantha May said...

Oh how sad :( It sounds like Snoopy was an important member of the family. Hopefully your family will have nothing but fond memories to lean on.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

You are in my thoughts, Jay. However, this is a very humane way to go.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

My condolences, at least he won't suffer anymore.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: It was a great dream, and it will come true for Snoopy I'm sure.

Tony: It's tough since I have had this guy for so long. Ever since I graduated college.

Samantha May: We took paw prints this morning to keep as a momento

Michael: Yeah, he's suffering now. It's the least I can do.

Sheena-kay: Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Oh Jay...this broke my heart and I'm in tears. So sorry you're your losing your friend but I heart your daughter's dream. Hugs to you and the family. He's a good dog, Charlie Brown.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It's wonderful that you were able to give that dog so many years of happiness. It breaks my heart too, but it's time for Snoopy to rest.

Robin said...

I know your anguish well. We have put down two beloved dogs this year. They both were elderly and stopped eating and drinking. They were in pain, so it was time.

I love your daughter's dream. I do think that she got a glimpse of Doggie Heaven. I believe it is very much like that for humans, too. All the aches and pains we have here just *go away.*

Hugs to you, my friend!

Melanie Schulz said...

I'm so sorry Jay- sounds like he was an important part of your life for a long time.

Marian Allen said...

I know it's hard to say goodbye. I had to make the call about our Joe this year. What a wonderful dream your daughter had! Hugs to all the family. <3

The Desert Rocks said...

Jay, you should provide a link to the Kleenex company for some tissues. :( Nice tribute to your sweet loyal hound.

Rusty Webb said...

We've got three doggies here at the house too. The oldest is beginning to show a few signs of age, but we've got another two years or so before we should have to worry about her. I'm not looking forward to then.

Sorry about your little fella.

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