1923. My beautiful Bubble

Everyone’s dog is special. And so is mine! Yesterday Bubble died. He was three weeks short of his fourth birthday.

In late February he began to have epileptic seizures. Medication began and was readjusted during the following months. Yesterday morning at 2.30 am he threw a fit. Fortunately he landed from his chair onto the piano, so it woke me up! Over the next ten hours he had forty or so epileptic fits. Medication provided no relief. If you’ve never seen a dog have an epileptic fit, DON’T!

He died around midday. We buried him on the lawn where he loved to sit and watch the world go by!

Below are two pictures. One is of Bubble and his best friend, the cat. The other was taken a few hours before the first of his final series of seizures, sitting at the wide-open front door in the winter sun letting those of us in the house freeze!

49 thoughts on “1923. My beautiful Bubble

  1. Justin

    I’m so sorry for your loss Bruce. I know how hard it is to lose a dog. It’s like losing a child. Bubbles looks like a thinker to me. Someone ruminating on the workings of the universe.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks. He was pretty stubborn, and cunning. Like he would knock on the door to be opened and when it was opened he would run off gleefully! At least now we might get some rest!

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  2. Yvonne

    Oh, Bruce. Your hearts must feel broken. Bubbles was such a loved part of your lives; there’ll be a dog shaped empty place that will never quite be filled. Your cat will be wondering where her mate is hiding.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks Yvonne. Yes the cat has been complaining – but nothing that a saucer of milk doesn’t fix. One doesn’t realize how many activities involve a dog until it goes!

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  3. araneus1

    Our hearts go out to you, our friend. Beautiful dog, great photos, delightful tribute. We lost our female, Honey a little over a year ago and I don’t think I have ever cried that much. There were two critical days waiting to see if she would rally — longest two days of my life. Every day since then has been precious with her brother, Zed.
    Lucky dog to have you as a partner.
    Terry

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks Terry. Bubble is the fifth dog over a life time- this one the youngest! Each one different as you know. In a funny way it’s a relief because of the epilepsy worry all night every night!

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      1. araneus1

        I felt the same way when Honey went. The pressure of trying to be the best owner possible was enormous. You don’t like to see your friends in pain, but you don’t want to let them go while there is hope. Hang in there.

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        1. Bruce Post author

          Thanks Terry. If the vets of the area had adequate service over the weekend maybe the dog would still be here. They couldn’t attend for ten hours, but mention the word “euthanasia” and they were here in 10 minutes.

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  4. judyrutrider

    Knowing your style, I kept waiting for the punch line, hoping against hope it was just a dark story. When we take a pet into our lives, we sign a contract with sorrow…unless it’s a parrot. You have my deepest sympathy.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Yes – it is horrible to witness a seizure. It was Saturday of course, and the emergency vet did things by phone. I had to drive an hour there and back for emergency medication and it didn’t work. Anyway – the regular vet had always said that it was the worst case of dog epilepsy she had seen. Thanks for your comment – it is greatly appreciated.

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  5. Talkalittledo - For Life Is Funny.

    Very Sad.Sorry for your loss. Hope you find another one soon, as good as Bubble.
    My friend has had an golden retriever for years and years. But they are three different ones. When one dog dies, she is inconsolable and her her husband searches and advertises and finds another.She has had Sandy 1, Sandy 2 and Sandy 3. Only she calls them just Sandy and not with the numbers.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks so much. I have a gap between dogs – and I thought this one would have to be the ;ast – but now I’m not so sure as he died so young.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Ha! The worst part was it was a public holiday and I couldn’t get a vet, so he had about 40 seizures. It was awful and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I couldn’t help but think of those parents who lose a child and how much awful it would be. Anyway, I think your dog beat my dog so yours must be in charge!

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      1. Iseult Murphy

        That’s terrible, Bruce. I know how awful it is to see the seizures from Littlest Pup, but I can’t begin to imagine how heart wrenching it must have been to see beautiful Bubble go through that and not be able to do anything to help. I don’t know how parents cope with losing a child.
        Unfortunately Big Pup left me suddenly this evening, so now St Peter has three of our dogs to help him.

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        1. Bruce Post author

          Oh Iseult – that is so sad – and I am so sorry. Goodness. O dear. Goodness. That is heart-rending news. Suffice to say I know how you feel and there’s nothing I can say or do…

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