June 22, 2011

Riley Roo I love you!

Warning....this is a sad post. It was the only way I could deal with my sadness this evening. We unexpectedly had to put my baby girl Riley down tonight. When I got home from work she was skiddish, lethargic and having a hard time breathing. I took her to the Vet ER immediately, spent 2.5 hours there while they ran every test only to be told she needed a specialist at the U. She had fluid around her heart and they couldn't tell if it was a tumor or not. When we left the ER to take her to the U, she walked outside away from the car and just laid in the grass. She looked up at me with such sad eyes that seemed to say she was done with this and wanted to just lay down and go to sleep. It literally broke my heart. We were able to coax her into the car and then we sped across town to the University. She could barely get out of the car. Once we got in the doors, she just laid down and wouldn't move. They had to lift her up into a wagon to bring her to the back to be examined. They called in a cardiologist, who then confirmed my worst fears...it was a tumor that ruptured and there wasn't much more they could do for her. She was in pain and I couldn't take those beautiful eyes looking up at me with such sadness.  Ramesh and I said our good byes while she laid calmly on the gurney. I could tell she didn't want to fight anymore and knew it was her time to go-even if I wasn't ready. This was by the far the most painful thing I have ever had to do. I've only had her a few years, but she was my baby girl and I loved her with all my heart. I haven't stopped crying yet. I am lucky to have had this time with her and I know she had a great, full life. I am also fortunate enough to have another wonderful dog at home that I love just as much, but it still doesn't fill the void that is left by my sweet sweet Riley Roo. RIP Riley. We miss you so so much and will never, ever forget you!


Halina said...

I am so sorry to hear about Riley! She really did make the eveninigs at Taj Ma'Leary entertaining with her antics. I will miss Riley and will be thinking of you 'three'. :(

steve jewell said...

Erin- I am so sorry for your loss. I just watched Marley & Me movie last night. Our pets are family and we love them and then have to let them go too soon...

My thoughts are with you both!

Ramesh said...

"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's" - Mark Twain

Well said Mr.Samuel Clemens. Before I met Riley and Coal I would have scoffed at these quotes but now having had my canine friends in my live I cannot ask for better company. I love the fact they are like me - They don't listen and have a mind of their own. The best part is they KNOW. I say "Sit" and they just stare at me but when I say "out" they rush out like the wind. I guess they are my masters.

I will miss my Riley...there is no one who sits by me when I watch my British TV shows on Netflix!!!!

Lalo said...

Oh you guys, I am so sorry for your loss, I just finished reading your post and I'm tearing up! I found this quote that rings so true:

Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

You're in my thoughts and I hope you can smile on the wonderful years Riley brought you.