We have had a very sad, sad weekend. We lost our littlest "child," our Harley Pup..
He was there when we graduated college, came home as Mr. and Mrs. for the first time, and with us when we bought our houses. He greeted us at the door when we brought Connor home from the hospital for the first time and again just two years later when Aiden and Isabella joined our family. He was there with us for birthdays, anniversaries, dance parties in our jammies, our grief with Cole, lots of laughter, holidays, tantrums, and fights. Our little guard dog and first "child" will be so unbelievably missed.
He has been pretty sick for some time with Addison's and has been getting steroid injections and taking medicine every day. It's been a rollercoaster ride for him and we never knew if he was going to eat or be able to walk up and down the stairs. Addison's can be completely treatable with meds, but obviously there's been something else going on. Recently Harley was struggling to breath. We thought he was sick and had some sort of infection - and so we were treating him with antibiotics, but on Friday - it became very apparent the antibiotics weren't working. So off he went to the vet on Saturday.
We walked in and were told it was going to be a couple hour wait. But as soon as our vet heard we were there, he rushed in and suggested we do an x-ray. Within 20 minutes, we had our results. Our poor baby had tumors all over his lungs and trachea, which explains it all.
We are heartbroken. I don't even have sufficient words to describe our grief. I know anyone who has lost a pet understands how integral they are to a family; but with Harley - he actually came before the rest of our family. He was our first child, our first baby we raised!
Here he was testing out our baby carrier before Connor arrived in 2009.
I am thankful he is no longer in pain and is with his brother Jake. I pray that he's in a big field somewhere with an unlimited supply of doggie bones! We were able to bury him with Jake and Normie (my parents' family cat) on my parents' land and I'm so thankful for that.