Smitty, you were such a good dog

Postby msvette2u » January 22nd, 2007, 8:54 pm

We met Smitty when I went to the shelter when we had an opening in our home.
His former owners declared that he had "bathroom issues" and there he sat, abandoned at the "big shelter" which is, unfortunately and out of necessity, fairly "high kill". Being an owner surrender isn't in your favor at the shelter, because your time is kind of "up" when you walk in the door! Not only that, he was deaf and had medical issues, two major strikes against him, even if he'd been a younger dog.
With that in mind, I snatched Smitty up and brought him home. My reasoning: I did not want this dog to die a "shelter dog" death. I know the difference, as a euth. tech. myself. I'd never leave one of my dogs at the shelter and it broke my heart to see Smitty there.
Smitty never knew about biting or being nasty the way some Cockers can be. He allowed both Ashley and Tyler to tote him around and hold him, without ever a complaint; I think he secretly enjoyed it.
It turned out Smitty had a "bathroom issue" alright, he had a urinary infection, and was put on medication. After that, his "issues" were gone. However, the damage was done.
Smitty succumbed to chronic kidney disease on January 22nd, 2007.
We were able to give him an extra 4 mos. that he would not have had, had we left him there at the shelter.
We were brave enough to do what his former owners refused to, we let him go when his illness began to get the better of him.
Smitty's last day was spent like he'd prefer. He got many treats today and watched the ferrets play, and when he was not doing that, he dozed on the couch, in his favorite spot, or snuggled beside me.
Rest in Peace, Smitty. You earned it, sweetheart.
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Postby SisMorphine » January 22nd, 2007, 8:56 pm

RIP Smitty
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Postby iluvk9 » January 22nd, 2007, 8:58 pm

Good bye Smitty ~ I loved hearing about you and seeing your photos. I felt as if I knew you. :heartbeat:

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Postby Hoyden » January 22nd, 2007, 9:03 pm

RIP Smitty.
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Postby Jenn » January 22nd, 2007, 9:13 pm

:cry: I'm so sorry. RIP Smitty
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Postby Marinepits » January 22nd, 2007, 9:34 pm

:hug3: Thank you for giving him such a wonderful four months.
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Postby mnp13 » January 22nd, 2007, 10:03 pm

You gave him a great four months. Thank you.
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Postby tradewind » January 22nd, 2007, 10:18 pm

RIP Smitty :cry:

You definitely made these last months special for him ..
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 22nd, 2007, 11:59 pm

Sleep well baby Smitty, you were very loved
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Postby luvmyangels » January 23rd, 2007, 10:15 am

I am so sorry. RIP Smitty.

Thank you for all you did for him.
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Postby luvmypitties » January 23rd, 2007, 5:25 pm

RIP Smitty! You were greatly loved and will be missed
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 27th, 2007, 8:29 pm

RIP Smitty - I'll miss seeing pics of you in your jackets... :(
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Postby LoveABull » January 31st, 2007, 2:33 pm

Good Bye Dear one.. we will see you again on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

I am glad your last days were good, and the time you had left was in loving hands.
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