Bruiser "Butthead"...

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  1. John's 26

    John's 26

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    Bruiser - Sept '89 to Feb 07...



    Today we said goodbye to a good friend and family member. Although we don't know his true age, we adopted Bruiser around Easter 1990, and he was 6 months old at the time. We picked Labor Day as his birthday. This would make Bruiser 17 years, 5 months old when he passed. Quite an accomplishment for a Labrador Mix!



    Early this week, Audrey noticed he wasn't eating. She took him to the vet and they found his colon wasn't where it should have been. They took some fluid tests, and suggested an ultra-sound to determine what was wrong with his colon. We decided to wait for the results of the blood and urine tests before we made any decision. The next morning, the results were in...his kidneys were also shutting down. Either condition could have been the reason for him not eating. The vet said they could put him in the hospital for a few days and attempt to "jump start" his kidneys, but there were no guaranties. We would also have had to deal with his colon issue. Bruiser has suffered from separation anxiety since we adopted him. A few hours at work were okay, but if we were gone past his bed time, he would panic. In the past few years, he had become mostly hard of hearing and had cataracts. Wouldn't you at 122 1/2 years old? We decided we didn't want to put him through hospitalization for the kidneys, and possibly surgery for his colon, only to find something else in the next month or so. He was after all 17 1/2 years old. So we decided to let him rest. Audrey and I were there with him when he passed, and I was holding his head when he died.



    Bruiser was a very loving and compasionate dog who loved to cuddle (if you could imagine a 50 lb dog trying to cuddle). He was the dog our children grew up with. If he made a "mistake", he would always feel bad and punish himself by going and sitting in "his corner" until we told him it was okay and he could come out. Very loyal and very well behaved (except for a certian pumpkin bread we still owe Manny...LOL). In all Bruiser had a long and happy life, and we were privilaged to have had him in our life.



    'Bye Bruiser... :sadangel: :angel::angel::angel:
     
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    RIP, little guy. Thanks for giving him a good life, John.
     

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